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    The Omaha Daily Bee
One Hospital Receives 128 U. S. Soldiers from
Fighting Lines; Casualties of Marine
" ' Brigade Total 278.:
v -
(By Associated Press.) .
Paris, April 25. American soldiers pounded in the great battle now be
ing waged are already arriving at the rear. American wounded and sick to the
number of 4 28 have reached hospital 25. They are from units engaged in fight
ing side by side with French and British in stemming the German advance.
' Hospital 25 is one of the new institutions established behind the line as it
stood after the allies stopped the recent German drive in Picardy.
Few of the Americans remain at the hospital very long, being taken fur
ther, to the rear. Sixteen girl students of Smith college are working in day
and night shifts at this point and are operating a well-arranged canteen at the
railroad station for the soldiers coming through on the hospital trains.
Mrs. Clark, the Misses Justice, Brogan and Scott and Ml. Ralthis and E.
W. Lowrey of the American RedQ
Cross have rendered notable service
at the hospital.
Washington, April 25. Total losses
of 278 in the brigade of marines with
the American .expeditionary force in
France were announced today by
Major General Barnett, commandant
of the corps, as follows:'
Killed m action, 22; died from
wounds, 10; died from accidents, 2;
wounded in action, 244.
All the dead are enlisted men, but
eight officers, two captains and six
lieutenants, were among the wounded.
Five of the enlisted men were
slightly wounded, but General Bar-
: nett's statement did not show whether
the officers and other men were se
verely or slightly hurt.
Most of the casualties were in one
eompany, which, General Barnett said,
lost a total of 21 men killed nd 140
wounded out of a personnel of 250.
The dates on which the marines
were killed and wounded were not
made public, nor was it indicated what
part of the line the "soldiers 'of the
sea" are holding or in what actions
they have participated. Such informa
tion is withheld for military reasons.
Held Front Line Trench.
It is known, however, that the ma-
' rines, have been holding a front line
trench sector for several weeks, hav
ing been moved tip to the battle line
tfter doing police duty along the
American lines of. communication
since they first went to France. with
the vanguard of General Pershing's
: forces last summer-
Today's list was the first marine
corps casualty list made public and
included all names repotted up to
April 23, Since the marines are con
sidered an integraf part of the army
in France, officials of the corps had
expected their casualties to be in
cluded in those of the army an
nounced by the War department. In
quiry, however, developed that such
was not the case and the compiling
of a complete list was ordered by
General Barnett. It was regarded as
probable that someof the names an
nounced today previously had been is
sued by the War department in the
regular army lists made public daily.
- i List Undergoes Revision.
- General Barnett' first announce
ment said that the casualties totalled
274, with 34 enlisted men killed and
four officers, and 236 enlisted men
wounded. Later he made public the
names of four additional officers and
live enlisted men who had been
wounded. When the list of names
referred to in General Barnett's first
announcement was issued, however,
it was found that it contained only
271 names with those of two men
duplicated, levying a total of 269. To
this was added the nine names of men
.... (ConHaned on Page Two, Column One.)
The Weather
For Nebraska Showers and lder
riday; Saturday unsettled and cool;
fresh to strong north to northwest
vinds. -
Hourly Temperature.
-- .. T Hour. Veg.
Os)fi St ::::::::::!!
m & UB 39
jJ J 8 a. m 40
I Ep' 9 a. m 45
.fp 0 a. m 48
Hi 12 ra 53
fa 1 p. m 55
c 2 D. m 58
- 3 n. m 51
f) 4 p. m. .61
5 p. m ...60
6 p. m 9
I 7 p. m 58
i D. in 55
Compnratire Local Record. f. t
' 1918. 1917. -191.- 1915.
Highest yesterday..... .61 48 55 - 76
lowest yesterday. ...... 38 40 42 SI
)lean temperature 50 44 48 68
Precipitation . 00 .00 .T .01
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 55
Deficiency fop the day 5
Total excess since March 1 299
Normal precipitation 12 inch
Deficiency for the day 12 Inch
Total precipitation since March 1 1.35 inches
Deficiency sine March 1, 1918 2.44 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1917. '. .68 inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. 1.73 inches
Reports From Stations at 7 F. M.
Station and Stato Temp. Hl(fh- Rain-
of Weather. 7 p.m. est. fall.
Cheyenne, cloudy 54 58 T
ta.venport, raining- .... 44 50 T
Denver, cloudy 66 68 .00
fees Moines,, cloudy ..'.. 60 62 .00
Dodge City, pt. cloudy 64 66 .00
Chicago, raining 42 46 .02
North Platte, cloudy... 64 68 .00
Omaha. cler .7. 68 61 .00
Pftblo, cloudy 72 74 .00
Rapid City, pt. cloudy. 58 70 .00
Bait Lake City, cloudy. 66 68 .00
Banta Te, cloudy 60 66 .00
Sheridan, raining ...... 40 52 .02
Sioux City, clear 62 12 .00
Valtntlne, part cloudy ..76 -,8 .00
T Indicates trace of ptVclpltatlon.
; I A. WELSH. Meteorologist.
Mysterious Disappearance of
Evidence in Banker's Trial at
Tekamah Creates Sens$
tion at Trial.
Tekamah, Neb., April 25. (Special.)
Because of the mysterious disap
pearance of evidence of a very impor
tant nature, the state is laboring
'under a handicap in the prosecution of
Cashier Elliott of the defunct De
catur bank.
The trial of the case was resumed
this morning. Attorney Munger, for
the prosecution, was asked if Mr. El
liott had not been promised immunity
from prosecution by Attorney Gen
eral Barrett for testimony to the ef
fect that he took the deposit of Frank
lams, horseman of St. Paul, Neb., for
$12,000 from the class of preferred
Munger replied: "No, not to my
Asked if the loss of important testi
mony was not due to friction in the
office of the attorney general, Mr.
Munger offered lio reply, observing.
"The loss was very unfortunate."
Attorney Barrett, formerly assist
ant attorney general, was in the city
today. He said that he had been
brought here as a witness, but he was
not placed on the stand
Testimony this morning was prin
cipally in connection with one deposit
of $381.26, which the state contends
had been accepted by Elliott fox the
bank when he knew the institution
was in a failing: condition.
State Bank Examiner Touzalin was
on the stand most of the morning and
he testified that he had made a com
plete report of the condition of the
bank at the time of the faihire and
had attached thereto various papers
as evidence of probable fraudulent
banking. These are the papers that
are alleged to have been lost while in
the possession of the Statet Banking
The defense is contending that the
missing evidence should be given to
the jury and that the party responsible
for its loss should produce it or show
why it cannot be produced.
Boston Dealers Accept
Wool Price Agreement
Boston, April 25. Boston wool
dealers agreed today to accept the
government's proposition fixing the
price of wool on hand on the basis
"of quotations of July 30 last. The
decision was reached at a meeting of
the Boston Wool Trade association,
at which a committee headed by Presi
dent Abraham Koshland, reported on
conferences at Washington with the
war industries board.
Country to Observe Holiday
And Speed Sale of Bonds
Washington, AprH 25. (Special
Telegram.) The White House will
"listen in" v hen the big chorus on
the court house square sings "Amer
ica" at 1 o'clock tom'orrow. Omaha
time, or 2 o'clock, Washington time.
The Bell Telephone company has
made arrangements to connect the
White House with Omaha for the
celebration. In addition to the presi
dent, the listeners at the White House
will be Secretary James Tumulty As
sistant Secretary of War Crowell and
other officials.
Washington, April 25. Liberty day
will be celebrated tomorrow by the
nation with patriotic demonstrations
in practically'every city and town to
speed the sale of Liberty bonds. Sub
scriptions by tomorrow night are. ex
pected to be well above $2,000,000,000
or two-thirds of the minimum total.
In big cities s.pecial efforts wilhbe
made to get banks and corporations
Speaker Clark Takes
Senator ship Offer
Under Consideration
Washington, April 25. After a
day of congratulations from de
mocrats and republicans of both
houses and of many conferences
with his political and personal in
timates. Speaker Clark announced
tonight that he would not decide
until tomorrow whether he would
resign the speaker's chair to accept
Governor Gardner's proffer of the
senatorship to succeed the late Sen
ator Stone of Missouri.
Soldier Buried Alive Three
Days and Trampled Over by
Enemy When He Crawled
to Surface.
(By Associated Press.)
With the American Army in France,,
April 25. -Further details received at
headquarters of the engagement
around Seickeprey shot that the
American troops were outnumbered,
in some instances, eight to one.
More of the American wounded
were found today, one of whom was
buried alive for three tdays and had
been trampled over by the enemy
when he had crawled to the surface,
in the belief that he was dead.
The American casualties are con
siderably less than the first estimates.
When hie complete story of this
engagement is told the bravery of the
regimental chaplains wilf be one of
the outstanding features. One of them,
Father William J. Farrell of - West
Newton, Mass., went to the assistance
of a battery when four of the Ameri
can gunners were killed Nand carried
up ammunition and helped to keep'he
gun working all Saturday night. , He
was injured, but refused to have his
wound dressed Sunday morning until
he had carried Myron Dickinson,
aged 19, of Bridgeport, Conn., one of
his wounded comrades, to a dugout
dressing station.
Father Michael O'Connor of Boston
and Father OsiastBoucher of. New
Bedford, Mass., took charge of the
cooking and washing and carried on
the work of serving; hot soup and food
to the soldiers.
s Fear Many More Captured. ,
Washington, v April 25. The num
ber of Americans killed in the Ger
man attack of April 20 near Seiche
prey was less than a dozen, and the
number of injured was about 20.
These figures, made known today,
appear to give support to the German
claim that 183 Americans were cap
tured, since it previously had been ad
mitted that the American casualties
were around 200.
(By Associated Press.) a
to turn in their pledges, held back
heretofore for a multitude of busi
ness reasons, and local campaign
committees sent word tonight that the
day's sales undoubtedly would break
records for the campaign.
In many states a legal holiday has
been declared and in otheri arrange
ments have been made for business
houses and factories to close for part
of the day to allow citizens to partici
pate in Liberty parades, or to make
house to house canvasses for sub
scriptions. In Washington, government clerks
will be released fromwork to march
in a great procession ,-down Penn
sylvania avenue. Many high officials
had enrolled tonight to march.
Subscription reports lagged today,
aduing only $108,000,000 to previous
reports and making the total $1,898,
785,050. Officials had looked for a
much larger figure for today than
even the $120,000,000 daily average
which must be maintained to reach
the $3,000,000,000 by the end of next
week, the close of the campaign. a
(By Associated Press.)
New York, April 25. Count Von Herding, the imperial German
chancellor, according to an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Copen
hagen, is officially reported to have brought a suit against the
Deutsche Zeitung of Berlin for an article published Wednesday in
which Dr. Von Kuehlemann, German foreign secretary, and Count
Czernin, former Austrian foreign secretary, were attacked.
The newspaper asserted that the two statesmen during negotia
tions in Bucharest acted in a manner which abased their countries.
Secretary Von Kuehlmann, it was represented, was seen often with
a well-known member of the underworld, while Count Crernin every
evening visited a theater where dancing girls were among the per
formers. The Vorwaerts says:
"The entire affair is like an intrigue at the court of Louis XIV.
The plotters went with their accusations about Dr. Von Kuehlmann's
'immorality' to a very highly placed lady who is well known for her
strict moral code, through whose influence they hoped to achieve
their object." '
Chamber Told "Negotiations
Are Not Progressing Smooth
ly," as Holland Is Unable
to Increase Exports.
(By Associated Irss.)
The Hague, April 25. Replying to
questions from members of the first
chamber of parliament, Jonkheer J.
Loudon, minister of foreign affairs,
said today that no ship would sail
from Holland until a written . guar
antee had ben obtained that there
would be no further seizures of ves
sels. He said that he had gathered from
an interview with John W. Garrett,
American minister, yesterday, that
the latter supposed that a written as
surance had already been given.
"The intention was that six ships
should remain constantly in the ser
vice," he said, " and 1 have reason to
assume that that number will be ex
tended and that Germany will put no
obstacles in the way. I believe it can
be assumed that the allied govern
ments will observe their obligations
regarding the rationing of .Holland.
"The negotiations regarding an
economic agreement with Germany
are delayed by difficulties. I am un
able to give information at present as
to the stage of the negotiations, but
they are not progressing very
smoothly, principally because Hol
land would be unable to export much
more than she is at present."
The foreign minister added that he
had a written guarantee from Eng
land that ships which had left the
East Indies since March 23, or might
leave in the future, would not be
New York, April 25. Josephus
Daniels, secretary of the navy, while
in this city tonight to attend the ban
quet of the American Newspapers
Publishers' association, gave out the
following message to the public
through the Associated Tress:
"The American navy is on its toes.
War was declared April 6. We "had
destroyers in European waters May
6, more on the 17th, more on the 21st
and others later on. The co-operation
between Admiral Sims and the four
other American admirals and the
British U perfect and the results
speak for themselves.".
Secretary Daniels when asked if
he would comment o the British
naval exploit in raiding Zeebrugge,
said that he did not feel free to make
any statement until he had received
the official report of the British ad
miralty. ! Zeebrugge Blockaded;
U-Boats Now Must Use
Ostend Route to Sea
London, April 25. The Asso
ciated Press learns from a high
naval source that the operations at
Zeebrugge were a complete suc
cess, with the result that that the
Flanders flotilla now will be obliged
to resort to the Ostend route in put
ting to sea, from which the British
forces can more easily handle the
German ships.
In addition to the damage done
the mole and the German 'guns,
material and shipping, the channel
has been blocked by the cement
ships and a German dredger, was
destroyed. The loss of the dredger,
together with the blocking up of the
channel, must result in the speedy
silting up of the waterway and it
'will take at least several weeks to
clear the passage.
But for a change" in the wind,
which cleared away the smoke bank
and revealed the presence of the
British ships the operations at Os
tend probably would have proved as
successful as those at Zeebruesfe.
Income and Excess
Profits Taxes Yield
About $3,000,000,000
Washington, April 25. Income
and excess profits are now expected
to bring about $3,000,000,000 into
the treasury in June, or $500,000,000
more than had been estimated be
fore returns were filed. Secretary
McAdoo announced this today, giv
ing the first official information that
receipts would exceed previous es
timates of $1,226,000,000 for ex
cess profits and $1,200,000,000 from,
incomes. The taxes are due June 15.
Steamer St. Paul Mysteriously
Wrecked While Being Warped
Into Pier , After Repairs;
Three Workmen Drowned.
(By Associated Fross.)
X An Atlantic Port, Aijril 25. The
American line steamship St. Faul,
famous passenger liner, overturned
and sank at its pier here today while
being warped into a pier preparatory
to loading for a trip to Europe. Three
workmen were tlrowned.
The St. (Paul was not under steam,
but was being brought by tugs from a
dry dock, where for the last week it
had been undergoing repairs. On
board at the time were several hun
dred men a majority of them em
ployes of the dry dock who had been
sent with the vessel to complete their
work while it was being loaded. The
steamer now is lying on its port side
wirh about 10 feet of its hull amid
ships above the water, and is com
pletely submerged both fore and aft.
Escape by Climbing Over RaiL
A general alar.m was sounded
through the ship when it was seen
that it was in danger and, as fully
ten minutes elapsed before it turned
over, it is thought nearly all (he men
reached the deck. A large number
escaped by simply climbing over the
rail and onto the exposed side of the
vessel as it came uppermost, while
others leaped into the water and were
picked up by the tugs.
Several possible causes for the ac
cident were advanced,, but owing to
the uncertainty surrounding it no
definite statement was given out and
will not be, officials of the line said,
until officers of the navy and federal
officers and representatives of the
company can complete an investiga
tion. Twelve men were injured.
One of the causes advanced, which
was supported by experienced marine
men, was that the ship listed so far
that water entered open coal ports,
this resulting in an overcoming of the
center of gravity. Another explana
tion offered was that the ship's sea
cocks might have been open, either
by accident or design.
Before leaving the dry dock the
navy gun crew, which accompanies
the vessel on its trips through the
war zone, went aboard the St. Paul.
All these men escaped, naval officers
said. The St. Paul had no cargo
and aside from the damage to the
machinery and to her interior furnish
ings the loss will be confined to the
cost of salvage operations.
Tlood of Talk Again Engulfs
Senate and Delays Action
(By Associated Fress.)
Washington, April 25. Critics of
the Overman bill renewed today their
vigorous opposition to its proposed
authority foe the president to reor
ganize government agencies and
many speeches for and against the
measure prevented the expected vote
on pending restrictive amendments.
A surprise cf the day was the intro
duction of a new amendment author
izing the president to appoint a single
executive officer to control the air
craft program, which Senator Over
man stated he probably would accept.
Senator Wadsworth of New York,
republican, offered the new proposal.
Senators Thomas of Colorado and
Kirbv of Arkansas, democratic mem
istralians and English Gain Ground and Take
600 Prisoners; French Lose Hangard; : -Britons
Shift Line in North.
(By Associated Press.) .. '
The great double German drive, in the Semme and Armentieres sectors,
which began Wednesday morning, has developed into a terrific struggle. Th
tide of battle has surged to and fro during the last'Wo days, with the decision
still in the balance. '
The British, having been forced back out of Villers-Bretonneux,
launched a counter attack and swept the Germans' back almost to the lines
which were held before the present fighting began.
The French have been driven back out of Hanguard-En-Santerre, but are
holding their positions close by, while on the line southwest of Ypres the Brit
ish have been compelled to withdraw slightly before furious attacks along the '
Meteren-BailleuMVytschaete line. - ' V
French and British Offer Most
Desperate Resistance (to At
tacks at Hangard and
Villers-Bretonneux. -
(By Associated rrn.)
With the French Army in France,
April 25. Attacks by the Germans in
Picardy today, if large forces engaged
may be taken as an indication, evi
dently were intended as the forenun
ner of a new thrust towards Amiens.
From dawn until night, the enemy
threw strong- assaulting columns re
peatedly at Hangard, where the fight
ing was of the most desperate char
acter. , ' .;-
Towards evening some of the en
emy detachments managed to obtain
a footing in Hangar wood, lying about
a mile northward of the village, and
also in the eastern outskirts of the
town itself. Their hold, however,
was precarious, for the French abso
lutely declined to give way.
A little further to the north the
Germans attacked the British units
holding Villers-Bretonneux. This ap
parently was part of the same forward
movement. Here also the struggle
was of thi fiercest kind. The French
fought side by side with the British
and sundown found the combatants
still at close grips. There were slight
fluctuations of the line here as well
as other points, but there were no
serious retirements.
Shells Poured Ino Enemy.
The French artillery poured shells
almost point blank into the German
infantry which, however, appeared to
have adopted extended formation dur
ing the attack.
The enemy infantry battalions now
are coming into the fight with the
lightest possible equipment. The ma
jority of the men do not even carry
hand grenades. 1
British Score in Rally.
With the British Army in France,
April 25. Success in the southern sec
tor of the battle front and a long,
fierce struggle in the north have fallen
to the lot of the allied arms in the
contest for vital positions which the
Germans have been trying at heavy
cost of life to secure.
The latest information from the
south is that Villers-Bretonneux ap-'
parently has been retaken sis a re
suit of a brilliant British counter at
tack, and not only hjs the town been
virtually cleared of the enemy, but
a large portion of th original posi
tions north and south of it have been
reclaimed.' German dead are heaped
about the unhappy town and some
700 prisoners are in British camps.
In the north Mount Kemmel pas
been attacked desperately by a great
force of German troops especially
trained for mountain warfare. The
attempt on Mount Kemmel is another
move in the Germans obvious scheme
to get control of a chain of hills run
ning east and west in this sector
and including such elevations as Wyt
schaete, Kemmel, Scherpenberg, Mont
Rouge, Vidaigne and Mont Descats.
This pretentious program has as its
object the forcing oT the alHcs to pull
back their lines to the north still fur
ther. bers of the military , committee,
promptly supported it, the former de
claring it necessary to clotlie
John D. Ryan, yesterday appointed
director of aircraft production for the
War department, with necessary pow
ers to make his work effective.
During today's debate under the
agreement limiting speeches to half
an hour, attacks on the bill were made
by Senators Knox of Pennsylvania,
Sherman of Illinois and Brandegee of
Connecticut, republicans, while it was
supported by Senator Fall of New
Mexico, republican, and 'Senators
Shafrcth of Colorado, Kirby of Ar
kansas, Overman of North Carolina
and other democrats.
Wounded Americans are arriving
at a hospital behind the French lines
in the somme sector, snowing tnat
General Pershing's men are bearing
their share of the burden of the great
Notwithstanding the frantic prepa
rations made by the Germans for,
continuation of their drive toward
Amiens and the extreme violenct of .
the righting, their gains thus far in
that region have been very small.. ;
Along the from Albert, south to
Castel, except at, Hangard-En-San-
terre, the Guman assaults have been
hurled back by the allied forces,'
which are strongly posted on tha
higher ground to which, they retired
during the st days of the German
drive in Picardy.
It is unofficially reported that four
to six German divisions, or from
48.0UO to J.OOO men, have been :
hurled at the British and French lines
near Ypres. The retirement of the
British in ihn sector must have been
small, for there are no great gains
reportedby Berlin so far. It was
rumored Thursday that Mount Kem
mel, a dominating height north ol
Wulvergheni, had been taken by the
enemy, but this has not been con- t
firmed. ': J'-1 : V."'.
That only slight gains have bee? .
made anywhere 'along th two front -under
atta;K is proof that the atliei
are prepared to defend their positions. ,
In the last 'hree weeks, the Germans
have hurried up heavy cannon to the
Sdmme battleground and have
marched many fresh divisions, to the
points where they have been held for 1
the moment of attack. .Their failure
,to do more than gain almost insignifi
cant bits of ground is one of the most
encouraging leatures of the fighting
that is now going on and which may
be looked ur.on as the third phase of
the great German offensive. . -r ' -
Raiding operatins are reported
along the French lines' cast of Mont
didier. t ,
Dutch Ire Excited.
It is officially announced at The
Hague tint the negotiations between
Germany and Holland "are hot prog
ressing satisfactorily." The Dutch,
foreign minister has declined to give '
the details of th""situa,tion between
the two countries, which is admittedly
delicate. 1
Winston Spencer Churchill British
minister' of munitions, speaking in the
House of Commons said that notwith.
standing the strain on production and -the
losses in arms and materials dur
ing the great battles of the lasl
month, the 'esses had been made good
almost twice over, and that so well
had plans been made that the British"
can continue the fight at Its great In
tensity until next winter. v ;
Case Against. Magazine
Editors Given to Jury
New York, April 25. The case f
Max Eastman and others associated
with him in the publication-of " the
socialist magazine "The Masses," who'
have been on trial on a charge of con
spiring to defeat the operation of the
draft act, went to the jury in the fed
eral court here late today. "
Today's sessions of the. trial wers
occupied in summing up addresses by
Morris' Hillquitt, , socialist candidate
for mayor in the last municipal elec .
tion, and Dudley Field Malone,
formerly collector of the'port of New-
York, representing the defense, and
by Assistant Distriet Attorney
Barnes for the government. - '
"A clearing house for nuts", was'
a phrase applied to The Masses by -Assistant
District Attorney Barnes in
his summarizing address. ,
Eastman was assailed bji Mr.
Barnes in his address to the jjury as
man without a country who owes no
allegiance to any flag save the crim-.
so banner of socialism."
Photo Engravers Honor
Member Entering Army
Photo Engravers Union No. 43,'
Omaha, gave a smoker last night at
the Carlton hotel in honor of William
Schmitz who departs with the city's
drafted men for Camp Funston today.
Brief speeches were made by T. P.
Reynolds and T. J. Hiiller of Central j
Labor union Patriotic' songs were
sung by CarrSmith and L. G. Musk,
In honor of Mr. Schmitz the union -will
place the jirst star on its service
flag- ' ,
Nevada Over the Top.. ..
Reno, Nev., April 25. With sub- -scriptions
amounting to $2,660,000 re
ported early today, Nevada went over
the top on her Liberty Loan allot
ment. The state's ouota was $4SA-i
000 . . ,