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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVII NO. 284.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 15, 1918. 14 PAGES.
MtSU!X SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Austria-Hungary to Be Practically German Colony as
Result of Agreement Between Rulers; Charles Does
Penance for Peace Letters and Promises Wil
helm Not to Offend Again.
(By Associated Press.)
London, May 14. Tne meeting of Emperor Charles and
Emperor William at German great headquarters has aroused
keen speculation which the official account of the conference
has done little to satisfy.
There is an inclination, however, to take it for granted that
the meeting resulted in giving Germany a firmer grip on Austria-Hungary
and the dual monarchy's internal and external
'policies; in fact, that from now on Austria-Hungary will be lit
tle more than a German colony.
BENDS TO KAISER. 0
Emperor Charles is pictured as do
ing penance for his peace letters to
France and as promising not to of
fend -again. Emperor William and his
military advisers are seen as having
accepted this promise at its face value,
but as taking in the way of security
for its fulfillment more active control
of Austrian affairs, to save them from
anarchy, in the interest of the ruling
. The fact that Germany has taken
control of the Bohemian food supplies
indicates the Austrian government is
not adverse to German interference
in its internal affairs.-
Old Alliance Strengthened.
Amsterdam, May 14. Austrian
newspapers publish a statement said
to have emanated from an authorita
tive source to the effect that the con
ference between Emperor William
and Emperor Charles at German great
headquarters last Sunday was in
tended to strengthen the old alliance
which was concluded as a defensive
measure against Russia and to which
added weight was given by the de
velopments of the war.
"We were attacked and were
obliged to defend ourselves against a
world of enemies,"- says the state
ment. "Therefore, we must adhere
to the defensive alliance and extend
and deepen it. This defensive alliance
fits well into the alliance of peoples
which, as alleged' is the aim of the en
tente. The alliance of peoples is
meant to be protection against future
wars. The dual alliance has no aim
in view other than protection against
future wars." i
BOARD TO PLACE
BAN ON GERMAN
The teachers' 'committee of the
Board of Education at a meeting yes
terday afternoon decided to recom
mend loathe board that teaching of
German be eliminated from the cur
riculum of the Omaha public schools
Teaching of German was ordered
stopped in the elementary schools
last summer and the board probably
will decide to extend the order to the
high schools following the recom
mendation of the teachers' commit
tee. The German class in the Commer
cial high school was disbanded three
weeks ago upon the refusal of the
students to study the language. Ger
man classes in the Central and South
Side high schools have shrunk more
than 50 per cent. French and Span
ish are being substituted for them.
For Nebraska Generally fair
Wednesday; cooler in northwest por
tion; Thursday unsettled and cooler,
Temperatures at Omaha Yeftterday.
I Hour. Desr.
6 a. m 53
6 a. m 62
7 a. m 52
8 a. m 55
9 a. m. 53
10 a. in 63
11 a. m 68
' 12 m 73
1 p. in 76
2 p. m 77
3 p. m 79
4 p. m 81
5 p. m 81
6 p. m 84
7 p. m 8.1
8 p. m 80
1918. 1917 .1916. 1913.
84 75 67 96
52 46 44 71
68 60 56 84
00 .00 .00
Teniuerature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 6!
Kxcesa for tbe day 6
Total Excess nines March 1 334
Normal precipitation 16 Inch
Deficiency for the day 16 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1. .. .1.84 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 4.47 Inches
Excess for cor. period, 1917 01 lgch
Deficiency for cor. period, 1916. .2.62 Inches
- Reports From Stations at 1 P. M.
Station and State Temp. High
i of Weather. 7 p. m. est.
Cheyenne, pt. cloudy.. 68 68
Denver, cloudy 76 78
Des Moines, pt. cloudy 76 7S
Dodge City, pt. cloudy.. 82 86
l-ander, part cloudy.... 74 74
North Platte, pt. rtoudy. 84 08
Omaha, part cloudy.. 83 84
Tjieblo, etoudy 83 82
Rapid City cloudy 80 82
Halt Lake City, cloudy.. 76 76
Santa Fe, part cloudy.. 70. 72
Micrldan, part cloudy .7 78 78
Slnux City, pt. cloudy.. 82 82
Valentine, pt. cloudy ... 80 84
f T indicates trace of precipitation.
I A. WELSH, Meteorologist
51,600 MORE MEN
CALLED TO ARMY
Swells Total Number Sum
moned This Month to 366,
600; New Quota to Come
From 24 States.
(By Associated Tress.)
Washington, May 14. Twenty-four
states and the District of Columbia
were called upon tonight by Trovost
Marshal General Crowdcr to furnish
for the national army 51,600 more men
qualified for general military service.
Movement of drafted men to the
camps under this call -is to extend
over two periods, from May 20 to 24
and from May 29 toj June 2. These
dates were fixed because' during the
five days beginning May 25 approxi
mately 233,0Qp nien called for recently
will be moving to the camps. -Hasten
Men to France.
Tonight's call marks further devel
opment of the government's plans for
hastening men to France and replac
ing them as rapidly as they vacate the
training centers. In all 284,600 draftees
will be journeying from their homes
to military camps between May 20 and
June 2. Including numerous calls for
technical and specially qualified men,
the total number summoned during
May is 366,600, nearly half of the 800,
000 expected to be called this year.
Neither Nebraska or Iowa is men
tioned in the draft call.
LINES ARE SWEPT
BY MACHINE GUNS
With the American Army in France,
May 14. An American patrol in
Ticardy met and routed a German
patrol of 20 men last night.
In this part of the front the Ger
mans are using searchlights and
trench mortars occasionally, although
the artillery fire is under normal. The
American front lines are swept by
enemy machine guns, but there have
been no casualties.
There is considerable activity back
of the German lines.
The Toul sector, where American
troops are stationed, has been exceed
ingly quiet during the last 24 hours.
The artillery fire has been at a mini
mum and there was little aerial activ
ity until late in the day.
Wants Congress to Call
v Creel Upon the Carpet
Washington, May 14. Representa
tive Treadway of Massachusetts in
introduced a resolution today in
structing the rules committee to in
vestigate statements reflecting upon
congress alleged to have been made
by George Creel, chairman of the
committee on information, in a speech
at New York, It was referred to the
BROWNS CAPTURE CAMP CODY
Nebraskans Take Part in Battle
Where Defenders Are Outnumbered.
FOLD WINGS LIKE JACKKNIFE
Camp Cody, N. M., May 14. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Outmaneuvering the
"defenders and theoretically folding
back their right and left wings like a
jack-knife, the Brown army, composed
of the 67th brigade, 133d and 134th
infantry and 126th machine gun battal
ion, General Hubert A. Allen of Cedar
Rapids, la., commanding, "captured"
Camp Cody from the White army, the
brigade, commanded by Colonel Earl
D. Luce of Minneapolis, but. without
firing a shot, and returned today to
former sections in the big camp, after
a week's hike along the Mexican bor
der, near Columbus.
The defenders had been rushed on
imaginary railroad trains from Silver
City and met the attackers at the
polo 'field southwest of Deming,
where they figuratively acknowledged
they were beaten for the present and
WOMAN LEADS SOLDIER
HUSBANDS MERRY CHASE;
Wedded to Omaha Man Now in France, Mrs. Ruth
Roberts Gives Up Harvey Zelmer to Federal Au
thorities, Declaring He Said He Was German
Born, a Spy and Deserter.
Because he yielded to the
Circe-like blandishments of an
army vampire, Private Harvey
Zelmer, formerly of Fort Oma
ha, is now serving a sentence at
the military prison at Ft. Lea
venworth, having been found
guilty by court-martial of de- .
sertion. The woman he mar
ried, Mrs. Ruth Roberts, turned
him over to the federal author
ities at Ogden, Utah, as a de
serter and a German spy.
DIVORCED BY AGED MAN.
Mrs. Roberts has had a strange mat
rimonial career. She came to this
state some years ago from Massachu
setts, and, according to the story she
told at Ogden, she was married to an
old man in Omaha, shortly after her
arrival here. She said that she was
in poor health and one day her aged
husband said to her: "I am tired of
this; you are not so much of a wife
as you are a patient," and he procured
HUSBAND IN FRANCE.
Shortly afterwards she met Frank
Roberts, a tailor who had been em
ployed by Dresher Bros, for some
years, and she married him. Roberts
was one of the first men in Omaha toQ
be drawn in the draft. He went to
Camp Funston, leaving his wife here,
and he is now somewhere in France.
It is alleged that while he was at
Funston, Mrs. Roberts met a farmer
living near Red Oak, la., named Haas.
He was a widower with two children
and she represented that she was pro
curing a divorce and would marry him
when it was obtained. It is alleged
that under these representations she
procured $400 from him.
Married to Zelmer.
About this time she met Zelmer
and they "were married. The couple
went to Council Bluffs and were wed
ded by the same pastor who had per
formed the ceremony making her Mrs.
Zelmer deserted from Fort Omaha,
taking with him the woman who al
ready had a soldier husband in France,
from whom she was receiving allot
ments. They went to San Antonio,
Tex., thence to Salt Lake, where she
left him, going to Ogden, where her
rightful husband's sister, Mrs. Roth,
Zelmer followed her there and,
tired of him, and "hearing that a re
ward was offered for his capture, she
informed the federal authorities of
his whereabouts and also gave infor
mation that he had confided to her he
was a German born and a spy in the
The woman was held by the police
for the federal authorities, but in com
pensation for the service she had ren
dered in informing on Zelmer she was
released and shortly afterward en
tered a hospital at Ogden.
Once Made Threats.
She told the federal authorities
that Zelmer forced her to marry him
and that once he caught her and told
her that if she did not love him he
would fix her so that she could love
no other man and tried to compel
her to swallow poison which he held,
to her lips, and which burned her
mouth and left a scar. .
FOR O. FLIERS
Washington, May 14. Archer A.
Landon of Buffalo was today appoint
ed director of the division of produc
tion of the aircraft board.
Mr. Landon has been vice president
of the American Radiator company.
"It is felt that Mr. Landon's wide
experience and great ability will ma
terially advance the production of air
craft," said an announcement by John
D. Ryan, director of aircraft produc
tion. then fraternized with the visitors 'olf
The Browns were commanded by
Colonels W. E. Bartley, Iowa, and H.
J. Paul, Nebraska. Major J. Lund
headed the machine gun outfit, Major
Higbee and Colonel VV. T, Mclllison
commanded the 135tlfand 136th Min
nesota regiments and Major H. C.
Bates the South Dakotans in the 127th
machine gun battalion. Lieutenant
Colonel A. H. Hollingsworrh, v Ne
braska, was provost marshal during
the hike, and Colonel N. P. Hyatt,
Iowa, was in command of the trains.
Monday probably will be the day for
the hike of the Minnesotans and
South Dakotans to the border at
Camp Furlong. The men of the other
brieade came stepping into camp like
fighting cocks, even under full equip
ment and a not sun.
Vampire Who Lures Boys
, 1 - .
MRS. RUTH ROBERTS.
BY SURPRISE IN
RAIO AT OSTEND
No Shots Fired From Shore
Until Motor Bo?ts Blow Up
Piers; Vindictive Sunk
Under Heavy Fire.
(n$- Associated Preni.)
London, May 14. The admiralty
has issued a graphic story of the
Ostend operation in which the old
cruiser Vindictive was sunk in the
channel to bottle up the German sub
marines in that harbor.
"Four minutes before the Vindic
tive arrived and fifteen minutes only
before she was due at the harbor
mouth," the account says, "the sig
nal for the guns to open was given.
Two motorboats under command of
Lieutenant Albert L. Poland dashed
in towards the ends of the high wood-"
en piers and torpedoed them. There
was a machine gun on the end of the
western pier and that vanished in a
roar and leap of flames.
"Over the town a flame suddenly
appeared high in the air and sank
slowly earthwards the signal that
the airplanes had seen and under
stood. Almost coincidentally with
their first boats came the first shells,
whooping up from the monitors at
sea. The surprise part of the attack
was sprung. The surprise, despite
the Germans' watchfulness, seems to
have been complete. Up until the
moment when the torpedoes of the
motor boats exploded there had not
(Continued on rage Two, Column One.)
Mrs. A. M. Jenkins Killed
By C. B. Liver Auto Yesterday
Mrs. A. M. Jenkins, 1312 Sherman
avenue, was killed by an automobile
driven by C. B. Liver, 1510 Capitol
avenue, at Sixteenth and Davenport
streets, about S o'clock yesterday aft
ernoon. She was taken to St. Jo
seph's hospital by Police Surgeon Ro
monek who attended her, but the
shock received soon proved fatal. Liv
er was arrested and released later on
Mrs. Jenkins was 68 years old.
Two Fugitive Convicts
Caught Near Greenwood
Lincoln, Neb., May 14. Peter
Green and Thomas Suppa, convicts,
who escaped from Nebraska state
penitentiary here early Monday morn
ing, were captured tonight near
Greenwood, Neb., by Deputy Sheriff
George Rotlie of Lancaster county.
The men, who were both trusties, were
sentenced from Douglas county, on
charges of assault.
Graft Case Defendant
Indicted in Iowa for
Chicago, May 14. Indictment is
not a new experience for Francis A.
Becker, former republican state
committeeman, who testified today
in his own defense in the graft trial
that he had had received "contribu
tions" in his ward for political pur
poses. He said he was born in Iowa
and was graduated from Notre
Dame university. Under examina
tion by the prosecution he admit
ted he had once before been indicted
in 1885 in Iowa "for stealing a
isss iff 5 x ;,v
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Prince Poniatowski and Coun
trymen Cheered by Thou
sands at Omaha's Big
Freedom of Poland was the
keynote of addresses last night
by members of the Franco-Polish
mission to an audience of
more than 3,000 people at the
Auditorium. Enthusiastic ac
claim greeted forecasts of the
coming restoration of that once
great nation to its former dig
nity and power.
TO REPAY AMERICA.
Lieutenant Prince Poniatowski
thanked the city administration for
the honor it had bestowed upon the
flag of Poland by flying it on the same
mast with the Stars and Stripes.
"And when we have won the vic
tory," he said, "we will repay the
compliment in Warsaw by placing the
American flag with that of our dear
Fight All Germans.
"It is not the kaiser alone we are
fighting, but the whole German peo
ple,, one by one. It is not German
autocracy which perpetuates the awi
fulness and frightfulness, but German
brutality in the common soldier.
There is no way I -can express their
unspeakable depravity than by say
ing that it we should turn lieu up-
sine down we would find made .111
Germany' on the bottom of it.
"Every man in the allied armies is
fighting for Polish freedom and you
Poles in America must help them.
The Germans will not get through.
The French will hold; the British
will hold, and the Americans are coin
ing. If they fight as I have 6eeu
those who are already there fight, not
one boche will get through."
Talk in Polish Tongue.
Major Joseph Koslowski and Cap
tain.. raiiUKleczkowskl, addressing
the crowd in Polish, urged all Polish
young men who were unable, through
lack of citizenship or some technical
ity to fight for Uncle Sam to enlist
m tne army ot roiana. ine inno
vation of the evening was the splen
did vocal rendition of the French
national air by Captain Kleczkowski.
He was given a great ovation ar the
close of the number.
Resolutions commending President
Wilson for'his stand in championing
the cause of Polish freedom were
passed and a copy of them sent to
Washington. Resolutions were intro
duced by Clement Chase and signed
by 'John L. Kennedy. H. H. Bald-
rige, fatner oiuDa, ratner rvaiamaja,
Thomas Koziol, Frank Madura and
Lieutenant Governor Howard, on
behalf of the state, welcomed the vis
itors. Mayor Smith Speaks.
Mayor Smith, in a short address,
was the recipient of applause when
he said that America's sword would
never be sheathed until Belgium had
been restored, the flag of Poland
honored, and the Stars and Stripes
planted in Germany with the boys in
khaki playing the Star Spangled Ban
ner. Rev. Theobald Kalamaja, in urg
ing Omaha Poles to come to the col
ors stated that there were thousands
of their young men who for technic
al reasons could not serve America
and who are anxious to do their
share in this great war and to help
realize the hopes of Poland.
The choir from the Immaculate
Conception church sang several num
bers in both English and Polish.
HOME GUARD OUT FOR DRILL
Prominent Merchants and Professional Men on Dundee
School Field Go Through Military Evolutions Just
Like Sure Enough Soldiers; More Companies
To Be Formed.
Citizens: Take off your hats to Omaha's Home Guard ISO strong,
comprising a staunch body of the city's most efficient business men, fully
alive to the patriotic needs of the hour.
Under the captainship of A. G. Ellick, chosen unanimously, the Home
Guard soon will become paramount in military courtesy, and will even don
natty uniforms and shoulder guns in
Following the organization of the Home Guard recently, one company
of picked men has volunteered to spend two evenings each week in drill on
the playgrounds of the Dundee school. H. W. Pierpont was elected first
lieutenant, Lawrence Brinker, second lieutenant.
Drill is in charge of Lieutenant Boughton and First Sergeants Gray and
Steiner, all of Fort Crook.
Many prominent business men have joined-the Home Guard and it is
hoped before several weeks a Home Guard regiment may be formed.
L. V. Nicholas, president of the
of "hand salute" so well his companions grew envious.
Clarke Towell took well to the
lost the rubber heel of his left shoe in
when he thought he was in the way of
"Jim" Richardson, W. H. Taylor, Joseph Barker, George Mclntyre, Benja
min Warren, Harley G. Morhead and Ed Creighton divided honors for the
most efficient squad, and solicited the undivided attention of the othaas
while they demonstrated various squad jnovements. -
More interest was taken in the command; "at rest" than in any other.
Australians Quickly Recapture Position Near Morlencourt
Penetrated By Enemy; Germans Hard Pressed By
French After Gaining Footing On Hill 44;
Heavy Artillery Duels Raging.
(By Associated Press.)
While the Germans continue to reconstitute with fresh ele
ments their units shattered by the allies during the recent big
offensive they are keeping up intense bombardment against the
British and French positions on various sectors of Flanders and
They also have become embroiled with the French in heavy
artillery duels in Champagne and in the Vosges mountains.
O HURL HUNS BACK.
PLAN FOR OMAHA
Executive Secretary to Be
Maintained and Fund Pledged
by Meeting at Black
Omaha will have community evan
gelism, with permanent headquarters
and an executive secretary, according
to a plan outlined last night at the
Blackstonc hotel, where members of
the Omaha Church Federation were
addressed by Dr. Morton C. Tearson
of Indianapolis and Rev. Roy B. Guild
of New York.
The tentative olan is to raise a
fund of $5,000 a year for two years to
start with, to pay the salary of an ef
ficient secretary and other expenses.'
Elmer E. Thomas increasing the an
nual subscription to $6,000 or $7,000.
$4,000 Per Year Pledged. "
At a dinner attended by 150 mem
bers of the Omaha federation more
than $4,000 a year was pledged for two
years, and during the next two days
the total amount will have been
raised. Mrs. John W. Gill, on behalf
of the Women's Missionary Federa
tion, announced that her organization,
at a meeting held yesterday noon in
the First Baptist church, pledged
$1,000 a year and representatives of
the following churches attending the
night meeting pledged amounts which
brought the total to more than $4,000
a year: First Christian, North Pres
byterian, Lowe Avenue Presbyterian,
Dundee Presbyterian, Central Park
Congregational, McCabe Methodist,
Unitarian, First Methodist, First Con
gregational, First Baptist, Walnut
Hill Methodist, Trinity Methodist
Calvary Baptist, Castelar Presby
terian, United Presbyterian, Wheeler
Memorial, North Side Christian and
Grace Lutheran. Other churches will
come into the project.
Church Federation to Meet. .
A committee of the Omaha Church
Federation will meet today noon at
the Young Men's Christian association
rooms to report results ot tne anve
and make further plans.
Rev. C. E. Cobbey. president of the
local federation, introduced Mr. Pear
son, who is executive secretary of the
Indianapolis federation, and who was
the "man of the hour" in the Hoosier
city Jn a campaign for better civic
righteousness and co-ordination of ef-
(Continuetl on Fuge Two, Column Three.)
defense of their principles at home, if
Nicholas Oil company, learned the art
"Squads, right march" maneuver, but
an effort to counteract the movement
Banker W. E. Rhoades. "Bill" Helen,
Nowhere on any part of the line
from the North Sea to the Swiss
frontier has there been an Infantry
engagement of great importance.
Near Morlancourt, which lies to ths
south of Albert, the Germans de
livered an attack against the British
on a front of nearly a mile and at .
one point penetratetd a British posi
tion. The Australians in a counter
attack almost immediately recaptured
the ground and the enemy suffered
heavy losses and was repulsed on ths
other parts of the front.
HILL 44 HOTLY CONTESTED.
A similar operation was attempt-.
ed against the French on Hill 44, the
scene of many previous bloody en
counters in the Kemmel sector. Un
official accounts say the enemy gained
a foothold on the rugged slopes, but
that the French were pressing them
hard, while Field Marshal Haig, in
his latest communication, asserts that
an attack north of Kemmel (which
mignt include Mill 44), was repulsed.
North of Robecq, in Flanders, the
British took the initiative into their
own handj and in an attack inflicted,
casualties on the enemy and captured
prisoners. Un tne Amiens -scotor tne.
French carried out a similar maneuver '
with like results. Wherever the Ger-raans-jsneLfiijUwiltii.xcept
Morlancourt' and Hill 44, they met
with almost instant repulse at,, the .
hands of the allies. . ' i ,
Preparing to Resume Drive.
Althouurh the Germans everywhere
are remaining in comparative quiet
except for their artillery work, it is :
realized behind the allied lines that
this state of affairs will not last long,
for the enemy is known to be pre-"
paring methodically for a resumption
of hostilities. The strengthening of
the line is being made both in man
and gun power, and in reconstituting
regiments that were shot to pieces
by the allied guns during r the big
drive the Germans are bringing up
men who have had no part in. the .
When the blow is to be' delivered. .
anoarently is beyond the realm even
rof surmise, but it is highly probable .
that it will not come until the enemy
is fully prepared in every way, to give ,
mighty battle to gain his objectiv '
the separating of the British , and
French armies and the .opening of a
fairway to the channel ports. -Italians
Retain Monte Corno.
In the Italian theater considerable
fighting continues around Monte
Corno, which commands the approach
to the valley leading from Trent to
Rovereto.' Here the Austrians have
renewed their attacks to regain the
ground captured by General Diaz's ,
forces last week, but the Italians have -successfully
warded off every blow.
Attempts by the invaders to retake
positions on several other sectors of
the front also met with repulse. , "
The British weekly casualty report,
issued Tuesday, gives further proof of
the sanguinary character of the fighting
that has been going on since March
21. The latest list aggregates 46,
612, oi which number 501 officers and
5,065 men were killed or died of '
wounds." The report of last week
showed 40,004 casualties and' that of
the previous week 38,691, or a total ,
for the three weeks of "120,307 men
killed, wounded or missing.
, AUSTRIAN CITY
London, May 14. A state of siege
has been declared at Smichow, a
suburb of Prague, Bohemia, and the ;
troops there have been sent away. an
Exchange Telegriph dispatch from ?
Amsterdam reports. '
One hundred and fiftjj women are
said to have been arrested on account '
of demonstrations. The burgomaster
has resigned. ' " "
The ferment is extending through '
Bohemia, according to the dispatch.
Trouble broke out Sunday when -.
several hundred women assembled
outside the residence of the burgo -master
of Smichow and began smash
ing windows. Nineteen of the demon
strators were arrested and taken to
Prague, whereupon 150 women
marched to the city and demanded the :
release of the prisoners. They were
immediately arrested- and sent to '
prison for 14 days without trial. v ; . -
Barge Canal Open. ;
Albany, N. YMay 14. The new
state barge coal canal, completed at a
cost of more than $150,000,000, will bo ,
opened to through traffic between the -Hudson
river and the Great Lakes to .
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