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uommons masses man rower
5 Bill, 301 to. 103; Home Rule
Will Follow or Govern
ment Will Resign.
(By Associated Press.)
'London, April 16. The third read
ing of the governments' man-power
bill was carried tonight by a vote of
301 to 103.
In the report stage of the man
power bill, John Dillon, chairman of
the Irish nationalists, moved the
omission of the Irish clause and
, pressed the government to give its
r"S ral plans. -He recommended that the
' government go to the counties of An--.
trim and Down and try to hold con
' scription meetings. That, he said,
would open the government's eyes.
Doubtless the giving of home rule
would produce a 'great effect, but at
. the present time the government ap
peared neither able to carry on the
war successfully nor to accept peace;
neither able to govern Ireland nor to
allow Ireland to govern herself.
Mr. Dillon said he had been 40
years in public life, during some of
the stormiest periods of Irish his-
tory, but he solemnly warned the
government that he never had known
anything to approach the feeling in
; If conscription was applied, the
fchaos and cotifusion ensuing would
be appalling and, he declared. Ire-
land will be turned into another Bel
To Press Home Rule.
George N. Barnes, " labor member
if the British war cabinet' without
portfolio announced in the House of
Commons today that the government
intended to introduce a home rule bill
immediately and would use every
. pressure to pass-it
Mr.- Barnes announced " that the
' Lloyd George government would re
sign if the House of Lords refused
'to pass the new home rule bill.
Premier Lloyd George said in the
- House of Commons today: -
"It is desirable, in the interest of
the war, thSt we should settle the
, Irish question and produce something
like contentment in Ireland and good
; will in America."
Fifty Lashes Given Alleged
Tulsa, Okl., April 16. John Ku-
becka, io, Oerman-American, was
taken from the street late las,t night
by the "Knights of Liberty," led
quietly to a secluded spot north of
the city, tarred and feathered and
given 50 lashes.
Kubecka is alleged to have invaded
the intimacy of the home of a soldier
called in the draft and to have made
disloyal remarks. He was made to
promise that he would leave Tulsa,
never to see the woman again and
never make another disloyal remark.
: The Knights of Liberty came into
. prominence here last November when
15 alleged Industrial Workers of the
World members were tarred and
feathered and whipped.
Premier Back From Front.
Paris, April 16. Premier Clemeu
, ceau returned to Paris last night from
the battle front, where he had been
getting into close touch with condi
tions. The impression of the situation
which he brought back to the capital
with him was a favorable one.
'V The Weather
Nebraska Unsettled Wednesday
with showers and cooler in east por
tion; Thursday probably fair.
Comparative I-oral Rfvord.
131 3 1917 1316 1915
lligh?t yesterday ....65 f 62 83
Lowest yesterday ....43 40 !i5
.Mean 1mperature ....54 in ,".4 69 I
1'ivripitatlon 1 '.54 .02 0 j
Ti-'mpcrature and precipitation dtpartiin-B I
from the normal at Omalia !-!ni March 1
r id eompar?d with the past two years, i
formal temperature SI ;
Kscl for the day r. . S j
Totul exresn since March l,191i ioi
Normal precipitation 11 inch
Kxeess for the nay 0:t inch
Total rainfall fdnee Mar. 1.1918 1.19 Inches
deficiency since Mar. 1,1318. .. .1.63 inches
l or. period, 1917 25 Inch
I'or. period. 19V Z i inches
'hcyenne. Pt. Cloudy 34
Davenport, Clear 66
Ivnver, Clear 44
)M Moines, Cloudy S6
: iJiodit- City, Cloudy &
leader. Pt. Cloudy 4't
"roi'th Platte, Cloudy 52
Omaha, Cloudy 63
Pueu'o, Cloud y 4 -
r.apid City. Clear 42
'alt Lake, Cloudy 44
Santa Ke., Clear 4i
Hheridan. Cloudy 3S
ioux City. Clear ...62
VaVIentlne. Cloudy 50
' "J' indicates lnce of precipitation.
L..A. WELSH. Mctcorotosist,
'itv JH 5 a. m 46
Jj& rj 8 a. m 41
,fy9 a f 9 a.' m 47
rt" L 3 p. r.i e- I
VLJsfcJ ' f) 4 p. m 65 j
nt$ '"'V1- m 64 !
.SSfeg; 8 p. m 60
FOCH HIDES HIS HAND WHILE
. ALL ENEMY CARDS PLA YED
Crisis Reached for General Humeri
Army ab Messines Ridge; Germans
Call Half Million More Men to Colors
GERMANS STILL PRESSING ONWARD
IN EFFORT TO CRUSH BRITISH ARMY
By ARTHUR DRAPER
London, April 16. (Special Cablegram to New York
Tribune and Omaha Bee.) The supreme crisis for General
Plummer's army in Flanders has been reached and the
whole course of the war hangs in the balance.
The Germans are still furiously pressing onward in
their desperate "bloody battle" to crush the British and are
only" 25 miles from the sea.
(By Associated Press.)
Ottawa, April 16. German troops have carried Wyts
chaete and the greater part of Messines ridge, according to a
despatch from the Reuter correspondent at British head
quarters in France received here tonight.
The enemy also has established himself in Spanbrok
molen. The British are stil Iclinging to the slopes of Messines
Ridge, battling desperately to repel the attacks made upon
them by overwhelming German
CALLS MORE MEN
David Lloyd George, the British
premier, announced in the house of
commons tonight that the passage of
the man power bill is imperative, as
Germany has just called a further
half million men to the colors, says
a Reuter despatch received from
FOCH WAITS PATIENTLY.
patch, "but the following viewpoint
"We are confronted by enormous
purpose" of the enemy Jhas " .
veaiea as an operation attempting to
the British and rrencn
armies by rushing on the former.
General Foch, .in closest agreement
with Field Marshal Haig, is aiming
not only at arresting the enemy, but
at a counter attack which shall defeat
the Germans. Therefore, within
certain limits, the sound policy is to ;
allow the Germans to spend their
surplus power as lavishly as possible
in order to reach the stage of equality
or even inferiority.
LUDENDORFF'S CARDS DOWN
"On the other hand General Foch
is endeavoring to avoid the enemy
obtaining a great strategic advantage
simultaneously, placing a definite
price on certain places as worth so
much and no more in defending. Thus
when the pr.'ce of defending Bailleul
was paid, Bailleul was evacuated.
"It must be remembered that Gen
eral Ludendorff has laid down all
his cards, while General Foch has
ujot yet shown his hand,
j "General Foch's dispositions jn
j spire a degree of confidence which
the situation in Flanders seemingly
does -not justify. We may rest as
sured mat our own supreme com
mand is watching both the enemy and
the map wit. intense vigilance.
"While the enemy hopes to frus
trate our plans by forcing changes by
weight of numbers, so far the incom
parable steadfastness of our soldiers
has deprive:! the enemy of the fruits
of his schemes."
"Americans Jailed by Germans
For Giving Costume Ball
Amsterdam, April 16. An Ameri
can artist named Schaeffer and his
wife have been sentenced at Munich
ito imprisonment for six weeks for
holding a costume ball soon after the
beginning of the German offensive, a
p-css dispatch from Frankfort .re
ports. - i
Stefanason, Arctic Explorer,
Reported III in the North
Fairbanks, Alaska. April 16. A
messenger arrived at Fort Yukon,
Alaska, yesterday from the,- Arctic
ocean with word that Vilhjalmur Stcf -ansson,
the explorer, who 4s winter
ing at Herschel Island, is sufering
from typhoid and is very low.
AUSTRIA ABOUT TO RENEW
OFFENSIVE AGAINST ITALY
f By Associated PrTss.)
Washington, April 16. An Austrian offensive against Italy is im
minent and will be started on a large scale, in the opinion of Italian
observers, as expressed in official messages today to the Italian em
"The recent visit of Emperor Charles to the Austrian front and
inspired articles in the Austrian and German newspapers, the usual fore
runners of an offensive, are taken as an indication.
"The enemy press has begun to speak openly of the offensive in
order to prepare the Austro-Hungarian public for the inevitable ledes
resulting from such a colossal operationas are anticipated by semi
official newspapers," the dispatches say.
"The Vossische Zeitung (Berlin) in an article full of mysterious
allusions Bays this spring will put Switzerland's neutrality under the
severest test, as the Austro-German troops will probably encircle, in the
course of their operatione, the little republic.
"The Budapest Irlap insists that 'since General Foch is in supreme
command of all our armies we must attack Jtaly immediately and carry
the effect of our presence to the back of the French army.' "
BIG PRICE FOR
British Troops Confident Tide
Turn in Their Favor
After Other Side Has
L.u n ftpftPln .t&-.rlicy.
With the British Army in France,
April 16 The town of Wytschaete, ly
ing on the crest of a blood stained
ridge at the northern end of the new!
battle front, and Spanbroekmolen,
which nestles ort the top of an eleva
tion just southwest, today were
stormed and occupied by large Ger
Meanwhile, fresh enemy troops
were battering hard at the British
lines west of Bailleul, in an attempt
to continue fheir success oi last night
Hid break through to Uazebrouck. '
Grim fighting has been going on
since morning and well into the after
noon there had been no cessation in
preat Price Exacted.
A little further south artillery duels
have been in progress between La
Bassee canal and Robecq, but whether
that presaged fresh enemy attacks
-west of Merville, to co-ordinate with
those to the north, it is impossible to
say at this 'hour.
These facts may seem somewhat
grim in reading, but they have their
brighter side. The Germans have
won new ground at a great cost of
life, and there is no diminution in
the manificent spirit which has been
poking against the enemy invasion
since April 9. There is absolutely no
flagging of iaith among the officers
and men along this front in their
Expect Turn of Tide.
No more gallant defense has been
recorded snce the war began than
that now going on, and while further
sacrifices are expected and even
further loss of ground, no doubt ex
ists on the British front that ulti
mately the allies will come into their
own when the German side has spent
120 Hun Divisions Employed.
Balked in their plans at the out
set, the enemy shifted and struck
heavily in the region of Arras. Now
it is the Arnicntieres sector; tomor
row it may be somewhere else along
the British line. There now are on
the western front approximately 200
German divisions. Of this huge num
ber about n!0 have already been en
gaged, mainly against the British.
KEY TO VPRES
NOW IN HANDS
British May Be Forced to
Retire From This Sector Un
less They Drive Foe Back
(Bjr Associated Press.)
Germany's mighty effort on the bat
tlefield of Flanders has won new suc
cesses. According to the latest re
ports, the important strategic towns
of Bailleul, Wulverghem and
Wytschaete are in German hands,
and, more important still, the Teutons
have carried a large part of the Mes
sines ridge by storm.
Probably there has been no more
bitter struggle during the war than
that waged along the battle line
through the towns of Bailleul, Neuve
Eglise, Wulvertghem and Wytschaete.
Neuve Eglise was taken Monday, but
Bailleul held out until fresh masses of
German troops were hurled into the
fray and charged repeatedly on the
tired defenders. The same story
might be told of Wulvertghem and
Wytschaete, while the battle for Mes
sines ridge must have been frightful
jri its intensity.
OENTER ON ONE POINT.
The Germans have not attempted
to advance their wedge further into
the British lines for no new attacks
on Merville and further west have
been reported. They have devoted
their sole attention to the work of
widening out the salient and striking
at Messines ridge and the railroad
running about six miles north of
Bailleul. Messines ridge is the key
t ihpres-sector-and -its possession
will give the Germans a commanding
position in starting a new drive.
British May Lose Ypres.
The successes of the Germans in
the last day have an important hear
ing on the campaign on the northern
battle front. If they are continued
there mut be a British retirement
from Ypres and possibly for some
distance further north, while the cut
ting of the railroad passing through
Hazebrouck would be still more se
rious for the British.
So important are the points won
by the Germans that the British must
be expected to counter attack at once
in an effort to sweep the invaders
back into the lowlands once more.
All accounts of the battle along this
line speak of the small British forces
which attempted to withstand the at
tacks by heavy legions of Teutons,
which were brought up fresh for the
There is higher ground just to the
north of Bailleul and Neuve Eglise
from which the British can still con
duct a stern defense. Merville is
standing -'firm, in spite of terrific 'at
tacks made against it, while along the
southern side of the salient there
have been no engagements reported.
The same condition holds true in the
sector before Amiens where there
have been only artillery duels. Raid
ing operations in which both sides
have taken the initiative are reported
from the French front in the Chani
pagne. American Defeat Claimed.
In spite of the reports from the
American front that German attacks
there have been utter failures, a re
port from Berlin, via Amsterdam,
says that the American positions near
St. Mihill were taken by storm by the
Germans who. held them against de
termined counter attacks. It is prob
able that the German report deals
with the battle' in which the Ameri
cans administered a sound heating to
special shock troops brought up by
the Germans to take the American
The Germans in Finland arc ad
vancing east of Helsingfors and are
encountering little, if any resistance.
Ten German trawlers have been
sunk in the Cattcgat, the narrow
strait between Jutland and Norway,
by a British fleet. The survivors of
the trawlers' 'crews were rescued.
Dr Michael J.' Ford III of
Pneumonia at Hospital
Dr. Michael J. Ford is ill of pneu
monia at the Ford hospital, of which
he is the founder.
Last night he was reportedas slight
Location of Key Cities
Bailleiil, from which the British
were driven Tuesday, is on the
Calais-Nancy railroad and 46 1-2
miles from Calais. It has had a
population of 15,01)0, largely en
gaged in production of hand-made
Hazebrouck, toward which the
German drive tow is directed, is a
town of 14,000 on the river Bourre
and an important railway junction,
37 1-2 miles from Calais and 25
miles from Dunkirk, the German ob
jectives on the coast.
Ypres, which the Germans are
trying to throw into a salient and
force its evacuation, is in Belgium,
surrounded by canals and on the
man line from Paris to Oslend.
Wulverghem, Wytschaete and Bailleul
Fall After Battles of Frightful In-
tensity; Attacks Made in Mist
"WE HAVE LOST NOTHING VITAL,'
LLOYD GEORGE TELLS COMMONS
London, April 16. Referring to the situation at the
frcnt in the House of Commons today, Premier Lloyd
"The fluctuation between hope and dispondency must
continue for some time yet. But I am still full of confi
dence. General Plumer (in command at Messines
Ridge) is quite confident. We have lost territory, but we
have lost nothing vital."
(By Associated Press.)
London, April 16. Field Marshal Haig, in his official
report' tonight announcer the occupation by the Germans of
both Wytschaete and Spanbroekmolen.
The report says: "Severe fighting has been taking place
on the front from Meteren to Wytschaete.
"Supported by a heavy bombardment, his troops ap
proached our positions under cover of the mist, and after a
prolonged struggle gained possession of both localities.
Or.PT TrnriTiinT n in mittitpfm
WHEN GERMAN ZEP
Panic in Town, Scene of Blaze
Which Destroys Two Large
Zeppelins and Forty
Geneva, April 16. Enormous loss
was caused by (he fire which started
Saturday in the Zeppelin and air
plane works at Manzel, near Fried
richshafen, mid destroyed the plant,'
according to reliable reports from
Rorschach, on Lake Constance.
Vast quantities of raw materials
were burned and it is reported at
Constance that two large Zeppelins
and 40 airplanes also were destroyed.
As the military authorities are
preventing anyone from approaching
the scene of the fire, the number of
killed and .In.'iAed cannot be learned
The tire started on Saturday and
burned all day Sunday, according to
two Swiss travelers, why were in
I: ricdrichshattn on Sunday. There
were frequq'it explosions due to the
busting of gasoline tanks and hydro
There was a panic in the town,
where several houses were set on fire
and others damaged.
Motion Picture Producer
Found Guilty of Disloyalty
I.os Angeles, Cal., April 16. Robert
Goldstein, a motion picture producer,
charged with violations of the espion
age act, was convicted in the federal
court last night by a jury.
Goldstein was charged with exhibit
ing scenes intended to incite hatred
against the British, which were in
corporated in a motion picture play
dealing with events in the revolution
Bombs Endanger Life of
Milwaukee District Attorney
" Milwaukee. Wis., April 16. Two
bombs, one near one side and the
other near the front'of District At
torney W. A. Zabel's residence, oil
Sherman boulevard, were found this
forenoon. The missiles were removed
before any damage was wrought.
It is believed the bonfbs were placed
in revenge for the prosecution of 11
Italians found guilty of rioting at Bay
View last September and .sentenced to
long terms in state prison.
Soldier Killed by Mexican
Snipers on Texas Border
Laredo, Tex., April 16. Private
Thomas F. Atchison, headqquarters
company of the 37th United States
infantry, was killed yesterday by a
sniper's bullet from the Mexican side
of the river while on patrol duty near
Zapata. His home is Portland, Ore.
FLAG SALUTE FOR WOMEN;
DR. HENR Y OFFERS $50 PRIZE
Omaha, April IS My Dear Mr. Rosewater: I have been much inter
ested in reading the editorials in The Bee and Chicago Tribune calling at
tention to the feet that very few Americans remember to salute the flag
when it passes. It is not because we do not love the flag, but lack of edu
cation and thoughtlessness, and our attention should be called to it until
we all recognize the flag on every proper occasion
The women are quite as patriotic as the men, and yet I know of no
method for a woman to salute the flag.
I am glad to offer through The Bee three prizes the first $20, the
second $15 and the third $10, for the best suggestion as to a salute that
women could express their reverence and patriotism for the flag th same
as when a man takes off his hat.
I wish to do this through The Bee, as I know you are 100 per cent'
American. E. C. HENRY.
"At Meteren the enemy also suc
ceeded during the morning in obtain
ing a footing in the Village, where the
fighting is continuing.
"On other parts of the above front
the enemy's attacks were repulsed.
"This morning the enemy also de
livered a strong local attack upon our
positions opposite Boyelles, south of
Arras, and fighting is still taking
place in this neighborhood.
"The hostile artillery has been
rnore active today south of Albert
and in the neighborhood of La Bas
see canal. Bodies of German infantry
assembling in the vicinity of Locon,
were engaged and dispersed by our
artillery. ' There bas been increased
artillery activity on both sides in the
"On the remainder of the British
front the situation is unchanged."
kSURPRISE, BERLIN REPORTS.
Berlin, (Via London.) April 16.
"Our attacks on the Lys battlefield
met with complete success," says the
official communication from general
headquarters. "The great mine cra
ters of the Wytschaete battle of 1917
were taken by a surprise attack. After
a short spell of fire, we stormed
Wulverghem in a surprise attack and
the enemy's positions on both sides
of the village.
"Counter attacks by English com
panies completely broke down.
"From the plain, while scaling the
heights between Neuve Chapclle and
Bailleul, our troops attacked Snd
wrested them from the ene.ny in a
vigorous hand to hand encounter.
"English attacks against Locon
failed. We took some prisoners dur
ing the repulse of a joint attack car
ried out by the English and French
north of the Luce rivulet."
The evening communication says:
"The heights of Wytschaete have
been stormed. Bailleul has been
Bombardment at Montdidier.
Paris, April 16. The war office to
"Violent bombardment on both
sides took place in the region of
Montdidier. There was no infantry
"About the Bois le Pretre several
attempts made by the enemy were
repulsed after quite lively engage
ments. Our patrols took prisoners
near Negrevillc and Badonviller."
American Front Quiet.
Withlhe American army in France,
April 16. The American troops
northwest of Tout again took pos
session of No Man's Land near Apre
mont forest last night after a week
in which the shell torn land between
the trenches was virtually deserted
except during the long series of at
tacks because of the violence of the
Two American patrols went out
last night seeking a machine gun nest,
which was reported in front of the
German trenches, but found it empty.
The patrols went up to the barbed
wire in front of the enemy first line,
but encountered no Germans.
British Mission to U. S.
Lands at Atlantic Port
A Canadian Atlantic Port, April
16. Two British missions to the
United States arrived here today and
will proceed soon to New York.
Pays Penalty for Using Money
From Germany to Further'
Interests of That Nation .
at Home. .
Paris, April, 17. Bolo Pasha
been executed at Vicenennes.
Bolo Pasha it was shown at hit
trial, received 10,000,000 marks in
1915 from Abbas Hilmi, forme i
khedive of kgypt, for the purpose of
influencing the French press.
In February, 1916, Bolo came to
American. The Dutsche bank of Ber. (
lin, is said to have turned over to -him
10,000,000 francs, which was de- X
posited in this coiintry, at least nine j
banks figuring in the records of the !
case. Disclosures made by the ;
United States government relative to
his activities in this country are said i
to have brought about the arrest on ,
September 29, 1917, . for receiving1
money from Germany or 'use in peace j
propaganda. After his arrest there
came sensational disclosures of nis
Prominent Frenchmen connected
with the Bolo affair included former
Premier Joseph Caillaux, Senator
Charles Humbert and Fernand
Mcnoir, presiding judge of the high
est Parisian court. Caillaux , and
llambert are in prison awaiting trial.
vBolo's brother is a Catholic priest
and is one of the most eloquent pul- '
pit orators in the church in France, j . j
OMAHA UNIT f , i
WITH DIVlSlOh K.
(from a Staff Corrapondent.) V
Washington, April . 16. (Special r-
Telegram.) Pressure " lias fecmuy
been brought to bear on having th
Omaha ambulance unit organized
under Red Cross auspices ordered tc
the front as soon as. possible. Tele
grams have been sent Congressman
Luheik by Gould Dictz and others
asking that he aid in furtherance ol
Today,Mr. Lobeck had a conference
with Surgeon General Gorgas, who
stated that it was not the desire ol ,
the medical department to disconnect
the Omaha hospital unit from the 84th '
division now at' Camp Zachary
Taylor and he stated the Omaha
ambulance c6mpany would not be ,
sent over until the division goes. , - '
Attorneys Probing Extent "
Of Enemy Property Holdings
A committee-of Omaha attorneys
Tuesday started a check of the books ;
of the probate court of Douglas
county to determine the extent of the
property owned by residents of Gcr
many. They will also go dver the '
hooks of Lancaster, Dodge and 10
other Nebraska counties in the near
Harry E. O'Neill, assisted by A.
Mitchell Palmer, head of the Depart
ment of Alien Enemy Property, is in ,
charge of the work. If satisfactory
results are obtained by this method in
Nebraska similar work -will be pur
sued throughout the country.
Omaha property owned by enemies
will be taken , over by the govern
ment. , ;
Britons Sink Ten Foe ;
Ships in Naval Fight
London, , April 16. Ten . German,
trawlers have been sunk by gun lire
in the Cattcgat "(between Sweden nd
Denmark), the admiralty announces.
Their crews were saved by British
ships. There were not British cas-
The. operations, in the Cattegatt, the
statement says, were undertaken by
the-rnnimander-in-rhief nf the crand J
Three Aviators Killed'
In Flights Near Houston
Houston, Tex!, April 16. Three
aviators, Lieut. Roland J. Winterton,
of South Boston, Mass.; Lieut. Leo ,
John Nugent, Washburn, Iowa, and
Cadet Forest Dean Jones, Wor
echestcr, Mass., were killed and
Cadet Miunce seriously injured in ,
two airplane accidents at Ellington' '
field, an American flying camp, here
today. . ,
St. Louis Pays Honors to
Late Missouri Senator
St. Loui's. April 16. The tra!
bearing the tody of Senator William'
J. Stone, who died Sunday in Wash
ington, reached St. Louis tonight and, !s
was met by a regiment of home
guards, 100 uniformed mail carriers,
75 policeme.i and a civil escort of v
about 100 Missourians. A crowd of
2,000 persons was at the station. r
James Cosgrove on Trial for
Illegal Possession of Liquor
James Cosgrove, formerly pro-'
prictor of the Hurry messenger serW
ice, is on trial in Judge Leslie's courtf
charged with unlawful possession ot
intoxicating liquor. Liquor was found'
December 20 in the office of the com-
ii)anv14J0 Cauitc : '
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