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VOL. XLVII NO. 269.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 191820 PAGES.
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THE WEATHER B
PATRIOTISM RUNS RIOT
TOP IN LIBERTY DRIVE
Holiday Crowd Gathers on
Glory Is Unfurled; Vast
Liberty day was a festive time for
Omaha. Old Glory fluttered in the
breeze from all the business houses
and from thousands of homes to
commemorate the fact that Omaha
and Nebraska had gone over the top
in the Liberty loan drive. Douglas
county and Nebraska cities sent many
people to .augment the throng gath
ered for the day's ceremonies.
When the 250 young men of Omaha,
members of the national army, met at
the court' house and marched down
Farnam street to the Union station,
to entrain for Camp Funston, where
they go into training for overseas
service, the great crowd was hushed
for a moment, but sent the boys on
there way with cheers and hurrahs.
" THREE VICTORIES.
'J Omaha celebrated three "victories."
First of all it was Liberty day and
Omaha took this occasipn to cele
brate the way the citizens of this com
munity went "over the top" in the
bond sale. The sale of bonds in Om
aha amounted to about $9,000,000.
For oversubscribing its quota Omaha
was given one of the honor flags for
cities and this was hoisted with great
ceremony at noon at the court house.
Then Nebraska went oyer it quota,
and, while that celebration may be
reserved for a later date, the fact was
announced and the state "tank" was
moved over the $32,000,000 mark.
Heard in White House.
Secretary Tumulty, at the White
House, in Washington, D. C, plainly
heard the demonstration in front of
the county court house. He talked
n Arthur C. Thomas of the bureau of
publicity of the Chamber of Com
merce for several minutes following
the singing of "America."
to greet Secretary Tumulty over the
long distance telephone wire, but the
secretary to President Wilson was
; The honor flag, awarded to Ne
braska for iubs:ribing its full quota
of the third ioan, was hoisted on the
aflag staff by three Boy Scouts of
Troop No. 9. They were Dana Thomp
son, Richard Young and James Ingwe
son. Byrne Presents Flag.
T. C. Byrne, state chairman of the
Liberty loan committee, presented the
honor flag to William E. Rhoades,
vice president of the Omaha National
bank, who acted as chairman of the
celebration. Mr. Rhoades in turn pre
sented it to the three Scouts who
pushed their way through the crowd
to the flag pole, which was surrounded
by a guard of honor, composed of na
The state "tank" was brought to
its goal with a loud banging of the
Liberty gun, shortly before the sing
ing of "Amcirca." The Omaha High
school band furnished music.
At Fort Omaha the boys gathered
on the parade ground and listened to
patriotic addresses by Major Maher
and Mayor Dahlman. Following the
addresses and the singing of "Amer
ica," a free balloon was sent up, land
ing near Bennington.
Chocolate Plant Burns.
Burlington, Vt., April 26. The
bodies of three workmen were found
today in the ruins of the Vermont
.Milk Chocolate company's' plant,
which was destroyed by fire last night.
Officers of the company, who esti
mated the loss at $1,000,000, said the
fire was caused by spontaneous com
bustion. The Weather
For Nebraska Rain in east and
rain or snow in west portion Satur
day; cooler in southeast portion; Sun
day probable fair and slightly warmer.
Temperatures at Omaha Testerday.
t ruKTYYvWi, 5 m
' A-kvsJikk'vi 9 m '2
TVJWuil Vp") 10 a- m 43
i AVVMuf a p. m 48
ChJvmw? 4 p- m 60
YjOWwOyjjJMf " B ft m 61
n ci pA M $y s p. m B2
' 'A 'KM-Mry' 7 P- m 63
- li- - 8 p. m 62
Comparative local Record.
1918 1917 1916 1915
Highest yesterday... 53 42 ' SI 73
Lowest yesterday.... 40 34 4 'I 59
Mean temperature..,. 4B 3 At 66
Precipitation 00 .32 T. .09
Temperature and precipitation departures
Normal temperature 65
Deficiency for the day 9
Total excess since March 1 290
Normal precipitation 12 inch
Deficiency for the day 12 inch
Total rainfall line March 1.... 1.35 inches
Deficiency aince March 1 2.56 inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 1917. .55 inch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. 1.85 inches
Reports From Stations at 7 P. il.
Station and Stata Temp- High- Rain
of Weather. 7 p.m. est fall.
Cheyenne, cloudy 30 36 .34
Davenport, cloudy 58 62 .00
Denver, rain 40 ( 48 .01
De Moines, cloudy 62 ' 62 .00
, Chicago, cloudy 44 46 .32
Lander, cloudy 30 30 .50
North Platte; cloudy..,. 38 46 T.
Dmaha, cloudy 63 53 .00
Pueblo, cloudy 6! 70 .00
Rapid City, snow 2 30 .22
Salt. Lake, clear. 46 , 60 .00
Santa Fe, cloudy 64 68 .00
Sheridan, pt. cloudy... 13 40 .66
SIohx City, cloudy 66 66 .00
Valentine, snow 32 36 .54
T. indicates trace of precipitation.
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Streets to Cheer When Old
Throng Sings "America;"
Over Wires to
Nebraska's Song v
In White House
"White House, Washington,
April 26. C. C. George, president
of the Omaha Chamber of Com
merce: We are deeply moved by
Omaha's message and wonderful
singing which we plainly hear over
the telephone. We are proud of
Nebraska's war activities and par
ticularly the noble part Omaha has
played in response to the call of
This message was received at
the Chamber of Commerce Friday
afternoon. The telegram was
signed by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Tumulty, Thomas E. Rashany,
chief clerk to the president, Sena
tor Phelan of California, Congress
man Lobeck of Nebraska and sev
eral friends of Mr. Tumulty in
Washington and from New Jersey.
Ideal Place for Training Bal
loonists and Gunners; Gen.
Kenly Says It Will Be
Washington Bnrean of The
Omaha Ilee, 1311 Street. -
Washington, D. C, April 26. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Representative Lo
beck today had an extended confer
ence with Brigadier General William
L. Kenly, who has just been placed
at the head of the new division of
military aeronautics created by Secre
tary of War Baker.
General Kenly lias recently returned
from France, where he had charge of
aviation under General Pershing. He
has been a colonel of field artillery
in the regular army and has made a
special study of artillery work in con
nection with air craft. He will now
have charge of training aviators and
managing the aircraft plans when they
have been produced.
Major General George O. Squiers,
chief signal officer, while remaining
head ot the signal corps, will devote
his attention to the administration of
signals and other important matters.
Ideal Place for School.
"Omaha need not be alarmed over
the abandonment of the balloon school
at Fort Omaha." said General Kenly.
'The people of Omaha should look I
upon the school as a permanent in
stitution, otherwise why should we
spend the money on the school which
we are contemplating. Of course,
there will be other balloon schools,
because Fort Omaha is not sufficient
ly large to accommodate all the stu
dents we will need, but Fort Omaha
is looked upon as being permanent
and it will be enlarged as occasion re
quires." Train Artillery Men, Too. ,
In answer to a question of Mr. Lo
beck, why fewer students were be
ing sent to Fort Omaha than former
ly and more artillery men were going
there, General Kenly frankly said
that it was due to the desire of rank
ing officers in France that the ar
tillery and balloon observers should
work together to accomplish the best
results, and necessity demands that
trained artillery men should be ac
quainted with balloon manipulation.
The general admitted that there
was a good deal of complaint in army
circles over the climate in Omaha in
winter, but said that, in itself, would
not warrant the abandonment of a
post as old and as ideally situated as
Celebrations of Liberty Day
Impart Impetus to Loan Drive
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, April 26. Strong rein
forcements came to the nation's third
popular war credit today as a result
of the celebration of Liberty day with
parades and demonstrations in prac
tically every part of the country and
the campaign, now three weeks old,
was given new impetus for the final
week which starts next Monday.
Total subscriptions of $2,035,990200
were reported tonight by the treasury,
but this represented pledges received
by banks and trust companis up to
the opening of business today, and
today's business will not be tabulated
entirely before tomorrow night.
The loan period is 75 per cent over
and only 67- per cent of the $3,000,
000,000 sought has been subscribed.
President Wilson, who proclaimed
this Liberty day, passed the afternoon
reviewing the long procession of 40,
000 government clerks and other
Washington citizens, with a lev; sol
ST. JOE POUCE
Round Up Gang Who They
Think Are Bootleggers; Omaha
Men Ordered to Leave
St Joseph, Mo., April 26--'(SpecIa1
Telegram.) Police here today round
ed up seven alleged motor car thieves
and some of them are under suspicion
of also being bootleggers, having
stolen cars for the purpose of carry
ing liquor into Nebraska.
Two of the men are from Omaha.
One of these, Thomas Tracy, is said
to have made a confession this after
noon to the chief of detectives and
implicated Jack Beaver, who is a
brother of Carl Beaver, who was with
Mae Nace, injured in an automobile
wreck some months ago, while boot
legging whisky from St. Joseph to
Hidden in Liquor Agency.
Tracy and Beaver yesterday are
charged with stealing a Buick roadster
and another touring car from a main
j business street in the downtown sec
! tion here.
ine cars were nwuen in a nrewing
agency siable and two other cars also
were found there. One of these, a
Hudson roadster, was loaded with
whisky and was claimed by T. C.
Harp of Omaha. The other was a
Dodge touring car and bore a Ne
braska number plate and had several
bottles of whisky concealed under
neath the cushions. The ownership of
this car has not been established.
Tools for changing serial numbers
on automobiles and an electric drill
said to be valued at more than $400
were found in the Chandler car when
it was recovered.
Others of the gpg arrested are
Bud Brown and Joe Pannell of St.
Joseph, Carl Shafer of Techapi, Cal.,
and Robert Raycer of Newcastle, Pa.
Late today Harp' was released and
warned that he must get out of town
at once without carrying any liquor
Harp ex-Cafe Owner.
T. C. Harp, who was ordered to
leave St. Joseph by the police of that
city Friday, is a well known Omaha
man. He was the former owner of the
Night and Day eafe, 320 South Fif
teenth street and sold out because he
was in the draft
diers, which filed up Pennsylvania
avenue for more than three hours and
a half. The president stood in his
automobile before the White House
for the whole time, with hat over his
heart a large part Qf the time, as the
hundreds of flags went by. Ruth
Law in a light airplane and military
aviators in their heavy machines
In the west the 100 per cent mark
has been passed by Missouri, Wash
ington, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Iowa,
Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, North
Dakota and Minnesota.
Kansas City district managers to
night believed they had sent the dis
trict over the top today. Sales by
states in this district up to today
were: Missouri, $22,986,300; Colorado,
$15,886,850; Kansas, $27,853,500; Ne
braska, $25,871,700; Oklahoma, $22,
714.750; Vvominr. $4,188,750, and
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Omaha Court House Square;
Liberty Loan Honor Flag
MAYOR HURLS DEFI AT FOES
WHO MAKE REPLIES IN KIND
AS CITY CAMPAIGN GETS HOT
City Executive Says Omaha,
Under His Leadership Best
Regulated City of Size
Mayor Dahlman and candidates
who comprise the "Jim Dahlman
ticket," addressed a gathering in
Swedish auditorium last night. Many
of the attendants were city employes
who cheered the- speakers enthusi
astically. "I was hoping that we could go
through one campaign without shoot
ing some big shells, but you know
that war is war. The claim has never
been disputed that Omaha, during 12
years of my leadership, lias been the
best regulated city of its size in the
union," the mayor began.
"Let the boys on the other side take
that and smoke it," he added.
He excoriated the members of the
opposition, known as the allied can
didates, indulging in personalities and
also impersonalities. He criticized
the exemption board work of F.d P.
Smith ami mferentially charged Mr
Smith with not having been impar
tial in several rulings on that board.
Paying his compliments again to
the opposition, he said: "We are go
ing to give them the est lick
ing they ever had."
Another big shell fired by the
mayor was bit reference to three law
yers being in the personnel of the al
lied candidates. On that he said,
"We have a city legal department and
us laymen should be the commission
ers. He drew a dark picture of what
would happen if three lawyers should
be elected on May 7. He went into
details in relating what he termed as
efficiency in the city hall. The mayor
evoked considerable laughter when he
ridiculed some of the opposition can
didates. The mayor closed with a patriotic
talk which met with hearty applause.
Rine Roasts Opposition.
John A. Rine, city attorney, the
first speaker of the evening, grew elo
quent in recounting the recommenda
tions of the administration. He
averred that these conditions did not
come about by mere happenstance,
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
Dewey Loses Big Flag,
But Says 7 Don't Care'
When members of the draft
contingent that left Omaha yes
terday lined up before the court
house to have their picture
taken, someone remarked that
they should have an American
flag in the photo. Accordingly,
one of their number was dis
patched to the office of County
Clerk Frank Dewey, to borrow
the big flag which hung in his
When all the ceremonies were
over, the soldier who borrowed
the flag started up the stone
steps to return the emblem, but
was halted by cries from his
comrades of "Nothing Doing!
Let's take it with us!"
So the flag was passed to the
head of the column and the
drafted men started down the
street with Dewey's silk flag.
"I don't care," declared Mr.
Dewey. "Let the boys have it.
My only desire is that they take
Njt all the way to Berlin with
Upper P ictur c : Uncle
Sam's bluejackets watch
raising of honor flag.
Lower Picture: Crowd
singing "America" before
Ed P. Smith Says Political
Chaos Would Result if Offi
- cials Subordinate Public
Interest to Ambitions.
Ed P. Smith, J. Dean Ringer, Roy
Towl and Henry F. Wulf addressed a
gathering yesterday noon in 4he Live
Stock exchange building, South Side,
on their candidacies for city commis
sion. Mr. Smith compared tne machinery
of municipal government to the gov
ernment of a nation, and pointed to
the political chaos of Russia as an
example of what might befall any
nation or city whose reins of power
are held by men who subordinate the
interests of the public to their own
"Some men make all kinds of fine
promises before election, and after
they are elected they get mixed up
with the gang and forget all about
them," Mr. Smith said. "There will
he no 'gang' rule if the 'allied' candi
dates arc elected."
Meeting at Rushing's Hall.
I. J. Dunn, Harry B. Zimman,
Henry Wulf, Roy N. Towl and J.
Dean Ringer, candidates for city com
missioner on the "allied" ticket, spoke
to a good-sized crowd at Rushing's
ball Friday night.
I. J. Dunn touched upon what he
called the remissness of the present
city administration in enforcing cer
tain ordinances passed several years
ago. He said an ordinance was passed
requiring the Missouri Pacific railroad
to build a viaduct over the Belt Line
tracks on Dodge street for the safety
of the public, but that after the Mis
souri Pacific had fought the case
through four courts and lost, the via
duct has never been built.
Improvement of street car service
and the taking over of the gas com
pany by the city were projects ad
vocated. He also said that the "al-
(Continiied on I'nue Two, Column Four.)
IT MAKES YOUR HAIR
STAND ON END
To read of the thrilling, exciting moments
encountered by Arthur Mack, the fighting
Yankee, who has written a true-to-life story.
OMAHA SUNDAY BEE
This story tells of how this young hero was close
to death a dozen times, but who remained "shell
proof" through many great battles in which he took
SPECIAL NOTICE Starting with the Mon
day Bee, "Shellproof Mack" will be an every day
feature and a chapter or more, will be contained
in each issue until the completion of the story.
Phone Tyler 1000 Today
And Order The Omafcn
BEING WA GET) FOR
Germans Cut Deep Notch in Allied Line By Capture of
Kemmel Hill; French, Overcome After Heroic
Defense, Rally Immediately for Violent
By Associated Press.
Kemmel hill, a height which has been looked upon as the
key to the southern side of the Ypres salient and one of the
most important strategic positions of the northern battle front
in France, has been taken by the Germans.
After a defense which will become one of the heroic
chapters of the war, the hill was surrounded and the French
forces entrenched on its slopes were overcome. v
The loss of the hill, which is admitted in an official state
ment by General Delma Radcliffe, chief director of military
operations at the British war office; brings to the allies a realiz
ation that the whole Ypres position is in peril from the Ger
man drive northward from the lowlands lying to the west ot
O DEFENDERS ISOLATED.
TO LAST MAN
Overwhelming Forces of En
emy Able to Gain Kemmel
Only Over Dead Bodies
With the Eritish Army iu France,
April 26. A- French ,' regiment to
which had betn entrusted the defense
of the crest of Mont Kemmel, with
orders to hold it to the last map, im
mortalized itself in yesterday's battle.
Along the Ypres-Kemmel railway
the defenders held for a considerable
time and inflicted heavy losses on the
Meanwhile the French infantry on
the crest of the hill was pumping
steady streams of bullets from ma
chine guns into the Germans.
The enemy troops kept pushing on
until finally they swung their line in
a circle about Kennnel. Throughout
the early hours of the day they tried
again and asjain to swarm up the hill
Exert Heavy Pressure.
Although German picked divisions
advanced yesterday morning all along
the line between Wytschacte and Bail
leul, the brunt o(. their attacks was
directed agairst a small sector of the
allied line west of Wytschaete. So
heavy was ihe pressure that the de
fenders wert forced back. Into this
gap the Germans flung fresh infantry,
vhich started a turning movement.
After the Germans had broken
through the defending lines and were
encircling the elevation the French
clung to their position, battling to
the bitter cud, and overwhelming
forces of the enemy were able to gain
the crest only over the bodies of these
While the French infantry drove
forward against Kemmel from the
west their British comrades began
operations on their left. In the first
rush the sturdy British Tommies
forced their way from in the face of
a heavy fire and got into Kemmel vil
lage. It was a striking exhibition of
bravery that took the men in khaki
across the open ground that was be
ing swept with machine gun fire.
For two hours they held the vil
lage while Germans from the neigh
boring hill poured bullets into the
place from rapid firers. At 5 o'clock
it became apparent that it would be
a useless sacrifice of life to remain
longer and the British withdrew.
Bee Sent to Your Home
The Teutons launched terrific at- ,
tacks along the whole Wyschaete-
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parently for the purpose of finding
a point which might yield. They
evidently found that spot in the
section of the front held jointly by
the British and French troops, and
against it they hurled fresh divisions
which fought their way forward all
day Thursday until at nightfall they
had surrounded Kemmel hill and
isolated the French troops holding
All night long the fight went on
and it was not until Friday that the
Germans succeeded in storming up
the slopes of the height.
The loss of Kemmel hill Is serious,
for it overlooks much of the lowlands
lying back of the allied lines in tht
Ypres salient. The hill is 464 !e
the south and east. It is six miles
southwest of Ypres and three miles
DEEP NOTCH CUT.
The German success cuts a deep
notch in the allied line to the south
west of Ypres and completely out
flanks the British on the northern
slopes of Messines ridge, to which
they were forced by the German
assaults of two weeks ago. The line
to the southwest, toward Bailleul,
apparently is in no particular danger
at present, although' the village of
Dranoutre has been lost to the
So important is the possession of
Kemmel hill that the allies must
launch a counter attack to recapture
t, and the rrench have begun a
savage attack on the height. If the .
Germans continue to hold it and
either consolidate their lines or push
on, the allies will be at a great dis
advantage in future engagements.
Rolling up Move Launched.
The latest reports from the scene
of the battle are that the Germans
are attacking on a line from La
t'lytte to the Ypres-Comies canal.
La Cwltte is about a mile and a half
north of Kemmel hill and is six and
a half miles west of the Ypress
lomies canal, which runs almost
due south from Ypres.
I he evident purpose of the attack
is to roll up the allied positions
south of Ypres and force a retire
ment from that war-tortured town.
The position of the Germans is such
that only the sternest defense will
avail to check their threatening ad
At other points along the battle
lines the Germans have made no
Huns Hold Hangard.
At Villers Bretontieux the British
have held their lines and completed
the work of clearing out the last
German position on the ground held
before the German attacks Wednes
day, but Hangard is apparently in
German hands and the Teutons have
forged ahead just td the north of
this village and are reported to have
launched attacks on the town of
Cachy, without, however, having
occupied the place.
Further south immediately north
of Castel, the Germans have pene
trated the village of Hailles and are
in possession of hill 82, south of the
The French have counter attacked
this front and regained ground. At
no other points has the enemy ad
vanced although bitter fighting has
been going on in many sectors in
both the Somme and Armentirfrei
There have been artillery duels at
various points along the French
front to the south of the Somme, as
well as positions further south. Only
the usual patrol engagements hava
been reported from the Italian front
Food Regulations Enforced ",'
In German Prisoners' Diet
Washington, April 26. Germans
interned in this country are not being
fed on the fat of the land whila
Americans are practicing self-denial,
says a statement issued tonight by the
food administration, but are being
required to observe all the regulations
of the administration. Their con
sumption of wheat is limited to one
and a half pounds a week for each
oerson. Thev receive other commodi
ties in sufficient quantities to nourirt
itaein jsroDerJjfc but wtthon
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