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The Omaha Daily
N6UXLVII NO. 291.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 23, 1918 16 PAGES
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ATTACK AT POLA
Dash Made Into Harbor in Dark by Lieutenant-Commander
Pellegrini and Four Companions, Who Were
4 Drowned or Captured After Torpedoing Battle
ship and Blowing Up Their Own Craft. -
(By Associated Press.)
Italian Naval Headquarters, May 22. The details of the
recent Italian naval exploit at Pola show that it was one of the
most audacious feats of the war, worthy to rank with the Brit
ish raids at Zeebrugge and the Merrimac affair at Santiago.
Plans were long matured by Lieutenant Commander Pel
legrini, who' adopted unusual means of secrecy to safeguard'
the project. To divert attention he took service in the trenches
on the Piave and when he was ready to start gave out that he
was going to visit his friends. He was accompanied by another
officer and two sailors. ; .
f APPfVWlH nAPTf V
The party was escorted by destroy-
rra-and arriyed at Pola at 2 o'clock
in the rooming. It was very dark and
the moon" had been down two hours.
A light wind blew off shore, which
' prevented the sounds', of preparation
going landward. The entrance to the
channel was 400 yards across., with a
lsng neck leading into the great har
bor, in .which lay - Austria's fleet of
battleships, cruisers and destroyers
encircled by a frowning terrace of
land batteries. In the obscurity the
guardship at the entrance was dimly
visible swung to one side, the guards
apparently asleep. There was a com
plete lack of watchfulness. .
v Final preparation, now was made for
a dash in the darkness. Commander
Pellegrini and his companions put on
rubber suits which could be inflated.
The plan' was to discharge torpedoes
at the big ship, then blow up their
own craft, jump overboard and await
capture or drowning. All realized that
there was practically no chance of re
, turning alive. : . '
. Risks. Life Coolly. . -.
"Commander Pellegrini, was' per
fectly cool as he bade goodbye, his
superior saying, "You are putting
your head in the lion's moufh."
.Now they encountered three suc
cessive lines of defense, first a guard
ship, then a line of 'wooden- buoys
marking, a chain of mines and then
a heavy steel net strung from 'bank
to bank; ,H6w they were' able to
penetrate these obstructions must re
,ma& Jr.hystery, particularly as to the
. steei net which was apparently an
' impassable barrier. - . ', :'..'
1 ' The escort , waited almost an hour
'when; the silence was suddenly brok-
en by two distinct explosions of tor
pedoes, followed by the sound of an
alarm gun in: the inner harbor.
Sends Prearranged Signals. '
' Soon aftcr, two signals of parti
colored lights slowly rose from the
center, of the harbor,. showing that
Commander Pellegrini had penetrat
ed to the vc.ry heart of .the fleet and
was sending, signals from the midsU
. of it.
The first signal meant "Have tor
pedoed a battleship," and the second
said "Don't mind us; we have no
This last signal was the agreed
emergency sign which was to be sent
. up tn case there was no opportunity
. t give help. It isbelieved that they
blew up their' craft and took to the
wattr in accordance with the pro
gram as an explpsive time bomb had
been set to go off even if the craft
was under water. . '
MeanwhHe, the sky was vivid with
searchlights and the land - batteries
were pouring a "terrific fire on the
escort. They clung to their work
for a . time and ; then left, with 40
searchlights and countless batteries
playing upon them. - -
No Word From Party.
? As daylight broke, a fleet of enemy
airplanes swooped down, but was
beaten off by a smaller fleet of Ital
ian planes, three enemy machines fall
ing into the water during -the aerial
battle. , .;.:"." :.:
. ' No word has since been heard of
Commander Pellegrini and his Party.
Their, signal was definite that a ship
had been hit and aerial photographs
are expected soon J to confirm their
: message. . There is every reason to
believe that the four men are prison
ers. In any event,: their associates
and the country greet. 7 the fearless
band as heroes who have reflected
lasting glory on the skill and daring
of the Italian navy.
Mrs. Edward Cockrell Dies; 1
Funeral Will Be Held Today
Mjs. Edward Cockrell died at her
home, 2574 Fort street, Monday after
noon. She is survived by her hus
5 band, an infant son, her parents.Judge
and Mrs. C. T. Dickinson; a brother
- Dave of OmahV-and sister, Mrs. S.
, J. Weekes of O'Neill. Neb.
Funeral services will be held at the
Jackson undertaking rooms, at 2:30
o'clock this afternoon'.Interment will
be. in Forest Lawn cemetery.'.
Royal Arcanum to Meet 1
In Atlantic City in 1919
Chicago, May "22. The , supreme
' council of the Royal, Arcanum, which
closed its forty-first annual conven-
tion here today, will meet next year
i in ..Atlantic City. The question of
'admitting women to social member
s ship goes over until 1919.
v Chicago Flier Killed.
"London, . May 22. Second- Lieu-
- tenant Pretnn nf the RritisVi
; air force, son of Robert K. Preston or
Chicago, waslnstantly killed May 14
-: t i n ' ' r a
wane nving in cngiana
IN OMAHA TODAY
Veterans From Russian Front
First to Be Entertained on
; South Side, Then Parade
ORDER OF MARCH.
Platoon of poller.
The marnlinl and aides, mounted.
The mayor and city commissioners, in
I'nited States troops from Fort Crook,
Kxeeutive committees and public affairs
Omnhn Chamber of Commerce, In auto
mobile. Belgian soldiers.
Hlsh school cadets.
. AU military organizations will he at the
Union station not later than 2 p. m.
The 359 persons in the party of
Belgian soldiers, who will spend
Thursday in Omaha, include 13 wom
en, wives of the officers and men,, ac
cording to information received by
H. H: Baldrige. The total person-"
net is as follows:,- 1 :
Sixteen commissioned Belgian offi
cers, three women and a boy; 55 non
commissioned Belgian officers and,
five workers, 255 Belgian privates and;
five, women, four American officers.'
three English officers, one French of
ficer, one Italian officer, four French
privates, one American mess sergeant,
two American mess cooks, one United
States government representative and
two railroad representatives.
. Met at South Omaha.'
Women from the Alliance Francaise
..-.Ml .viaof triin nr. Jfo 4rittr'i 1 1 r
South Omaha and will entertain the
women of the party while the men
go through the stock yards and pack
The stock yards company will pro
vide" dinner at noon. "We're going to
give every man a slice of beefsteak as
big as the map of the United States,"
says E. Buckingham.
Eighteenth street from Farnam to
Dodge street will be reserved for
Thursday to accommodate the 125
automobiles in which the visiting Bel
gian soldiers will be taken on a tour
of ' the city. Sergeant Sigwart re
quests persons who have loaned their
machines to park them in that district
before 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
. Belgiaij Heroes Come.
The Belgian troops have full mili
tary equipment and their own band.
Major Leon Osterrieth. chief of Bel
gian military mission. is in charge of
Colonel W. C. Short is in charge
for the War department, accompanied
by . Captain E. C. Podevin of the
French army, with four Apline Chas
seurs, known as the "Blue Devils."
Captain Sir Worth1 Lethbridge,
Bart, represents the, British high com
mission. Lieutenant Garabaldi repre
sents the Italian .commission. J. C.
Sims represents the committee on
For Those Speaking French.
: Sixty French-speaking people. . of
Omaha met last night at the court
house to perfect plans for the enter
tainment of visitors today. Dr. F J.
Despecher presided. All French speak
ing persons and all of Flemish birth
are asked to meet at the court house
today at 2 o'clock.
By Lengthening of Their Lines
: (By Amociated Pre.)
With the" American Army in
France, May 22. Washington's an
nouncement that the combined fronts
held by the American expeditionary
forces in France cover a greater dis
tance than that held by Belgium and
takes third rank has inspired the men
in the American army as probably
nothing else could.
The announcement was published
in newspapers reaching the various
zones in whjch there are Americans,
and the result, is that everv one Of
the "doughboys" is ' walking iuif a
little straighter and there is just a
little moretsnap' in his salute.
Staff officers and certain other offi
cers 'have knrivrn' fh'e 'fart for some
time, but the avcrage'Anierican sol
CITY, S TA TE, COUNTR Y
LAVISH TO RED CROSS
RED CROSS GOAL
Figures Represent City and
County Donations, While Ne
braska's Subscriptions to v
Date Total $629,559.
Omaha, Douglas county and the
entire state of Nebraska hit the old
familiar "stride" Wednesday in the
Red Cross war, fund drive and sent
the contribution enumerator sky
ward. .The "over the top" mark is
within easy shooting distance
"Just two; days more of real hard
work in Omaha and Douglas county
and we'll again smash our record,'
was Chairman Everett Buckingham's
comment Wednesday night. "If the
good work keeps up our quota of
$200,000 will fade in the distance."
Early Wednesday State Director
Frank Judson reported the total cash
and pledges collected in 50 counties
which reported before noon Wednes
day 'amounted to $629,559,46, putting
the state ."over the top."
The total cash and pledges for
Douglas ' county Wednesday night
was reported as $120,000, with many
individuals, firms, societies and or
ganizations yet to be heard from.
Getting . Donation.
E. Buckingham picked up the tele
phone in headquarters Tuesday night
and called Walter T. Page, manager
of the American Smelting and Refin
"Page, how much is the company
going to give the Red Cross?" asked
"Well, we'll subscribe $7,500," said
Mr. Page. t
"r-er just a minute," gasped
Buckingham, "wait till I get a chair
and sit down. Now, say that again.
"You can put us down for $7,500,"
repeated Page. ,
Arid tnen "Buck," who had been
so overcome with astonishment at the
. (Continued on Pace Two, Column One.)
SENATE PROBE OF
HALTED BY HUGHES
Washington, . May. 22. Attorney
General Gregory sent tosthe senate
military committee today a letter from
Charles E. Hughes, who at President
Wilson's request is directing the De
partment of Justice's investigation of
aircraft production,-; saying the J de
partment t- task should proceed : un
embarrassed by a parallel inquiry.
. This development ,came atter, tne
efcnot noccerl a rnmnrnmiRff reso
lution accented bv administration
leaders, authorizing war inquiries by i
militarv subcommittees. The com-,
mittee proceeded with the appoint
ment of its aviation subcommittee
after reading the Hughes letter.
In view of Mr. Hughes' attitude,
senate leaders said it virtually was
certain that the aviation subcommit
tee's activities would be confined
wholly to visiting plants and looking
over the present situation, and that
inquiry into the past would be left
entirely to the Department of Justice.
Senator -Hitchcock is chairman of
the ordnance investigating committee-
LEFHOLZ SHOT AS
NEAR FORT CROOK
H. F. Lefhblz, manager of the
Jewell Film company, 1304 Farnam
street, was probably fatally shot near
Avery this morning while on his way
to Omaha from Plattsmouth.
Lefolz had' been at Plattsmouth,
where he had opened a new theater
An unidentified man stepped in te
road and leaped on the running board
ordering the car to stop. Meeting
oppbsition the highwayman fired,
striking Lefholz in the breast, near
the heart. lie is in the bouth Side
hospital. The desperado escaped.
' With Lefholz in the car were two
men in his employ, Walter C Denny
and M. O. Rogers.
dier, billeted in some out-of-the-way
little French village or living where
the shells fly, does not get a chance
to know what is going on outside his
own little sphere.
In a vague way the men in the line
have known that other Americans
have been scattered along the battle
front somewhere between Switzer
land and the sea. But none even
thought the forces of which he was
a member were holding a section of
the line second only to that held by
the French and British.
The announcement was the sole
topic of conversation tonight in the
dugouts, trenches and billets. The
men now are looking forward to the
time when there may be an announce
ment that the Americans are occupy
ing the second place '
TO SAVE POSTS
Washington, Mav 22. President
Wilson today " approved- arrange
ments which will remove the men
ace ' of starvation . which the 10,
000,000 inhabitants in German-occupied
Belgium and France have
been-facing. 1 '
Herbert C. Hoover, as chairman
of the commission for relief in Bel
gium, announced tonight that the
president had approved restoring
of the fleet of steamers employed
by the commission to the original
number and placing at the com
mission's disposal sufficient ton
nage for the dispatch of 90.000 tons
of foodstuffs in the next 90 days.
"As a result of the diversion of
a large part of the shipping em
ployed by the relief commission to
other war purposes," said Mr.
Hoover, "it had been necessary to
reduce the bread ration to six
ounces per diem, this being an
ounce below the present German
ration, with corresponding reduc
tions in other foodstuffs.
"Even with this additional ship
ping, the Belgian ration must be
of the most meager character, but
I am confident that actual starva
tion on a wholesale scale has again
BARES TO JURY
HER LIFE STORY
Grace Lusk Says Acquaintance
With Dr. Roberts Began at
Dinner and Ripened at
(Br Associated Frets.)
Waukesha, Wis., May 22.- Grace
Lusk today took the witness stand
in her own defense at her trial for
slaying Mrs. Mary Newman Roberts
this afternoon-and revealed details
of her life up until the time she first
met Dr. David Roberts early in, 1913.
Miss Lusk said that she was born
in' Stoughton, Wis., in 1875 and after
graduating from high ; school and
normal school began teaching ?in
Menominee, Wis., in 1896.
She later attended the University of
Chicago and the University of Wis
cousin, where he completed a two
years' course in one year, obtaining
a degree of Bachelor in Philosophy in
1912. . ; 1 ,
Health Broke Down.
At the end of this period, she said
her health broke down and in the
fall of 1914, her health improving, she
was given an appointment as an m-
structor in the normal training
Miss Lusk said that she first met
Dr. Roberts at a dinner party late in
January or early in February, 1913.
Uater they met at cnurcn entertain
ments which Dr. Roberts attended
with his wife.
The witness described her health
during this period as poor, due
largely to overwork, and declared
that she frequently was unable to at
tend to her duties because of severe
Had Good Reputation.
During the early part of the day
the defense introduced a score of
character witnesses who ' testified to
the high reputation borne by the de
fendant. Evidence was also in
troduced to show that her grand
mother had been the inmate of an
insane asvlum at one time.
Miss Lusk was called to the wit
ness stand at 3:30 o'clock in the. after
noon, but Judge Martin Lueck im
mediately ordered an adjournment
and she did not begin her story to the
jury until 4 o clock and court aa
innrned an hour later. '
big subscription, got hold of himself
and actually asked lor more.
Red Cross Workers
Carry Coffee Into
1 s First Line Trenches
Paris, May 22. The latest, feat
of the American Bed Cross workers
in France is going into the first line
trenches, serving coffee and choco
late to the American soldiers about
to leave for patrol in No , Man's
land and greeting the boys on their
return with fresh supplies of cof
fee and chocolate with cigarets and
A cold rainy night recently was
marked by activity o,f the Red Cross
men. The soldiers had massed at
5:30 and would have had nothing
to eat until 6 o'clock the next morn
.ing had it not been for the Red
The next day supplies were placed
in various dugouts and trenches and
the American boys on night patrol
in. No Man's land will have hot
drinks until a canteen is established
in the immediate vicinity.
Harry Lauder's Own
Story of : War Zone
Experiences Will Be
Found On Page 1 1 .
WAR MERCY FUND
No Division Quota Yet Filled,
But Many Cities and Towns
s Already Have Gone
- (Br AnoeUted Prew.)
Washington, May 22.NearIy one
half of the American Red Cross sec
ond one hundred million war mercy
fund had been subscribed on the face
of returns received at1 headquarters
here tonight at the end of the third
day of the week's ' campaign. The
total subscriptions from the twelve
districts was $44,070,555, but it was
recognized that these figures were in
complete and did not represent the
maximum of subscriptions up to this
time. ' .
Although success of the campaign
seems assured, workers are not let
ting up as it is hoped to roll up an
oversubscription. Necessity for those
chapters, towns and ' states which
have oversubscribed to continue their
efforts was emphasized in a statement
sent to war fund managers by Henry
P. Davison, chairman of the Red
Cross war council.
Workers Urged to Continue--Efforts.
Mr. Davision called attention to the
fact that the arrangements for the
campaign were made earlier in the
year before the recent German drives
in Ficardy and I landers and that
changed conditions called for in
creased Red Cross funds. For that
reason he asked all workers not to
lessen their efforts to secure sub
scriptions until the close of the cam
paign next Monday night.
None of the divisions yet has
reached its quota but many cities and
towns today joined thpse that went
over the top Monday and Tuesday,,
The central division, (Illinois, Wis
consin, Iowa and Nebraska) has sub
scribed $5,900,000 according to reports
to headquarters tonight1 r ' :
National banks continued today to
set aside part of dividend ' funds for
the Red .Cross, 122 banks reporting
such,' action by the directors, the
total given by 85 of them was $335,-
One of the interesting features of
the campaign were returns from the
foreign division of the Red Cross,
which indicated the greatest activity
among the chapters and branches all
over the world.
L0BECK FAILS TO
OBTAIN FUND F0R:
Q. M. WAREHOUSE
Washington, May 22. represent
ative Lobeck has been conducting a
quiet campaign with the majority
members of the military affairs com
mittee of the house to have inserted
in the army appropriation bill a par
agraph setting apart $250,000 of the
approriation for barracks and quar
ters to be used in construction of a
warehouse upon the site of the quar
termaster's supply depot in Omaha.
Some of Mr. Lobeck's colleagues
looked witlr favor on the. project, as
Omaha has been designated one of
the regional cities for quartermaster
supplies but the plan failed, as ob
jections were made against providing
for any new projects.
Chairman Dent has assured Mr.
Lobeck that if the senate will put the
item in the bill when it reaches that
Lbody, he will endeavor to hold it in
conterence, and it now rests with
Senator Hitchcock to obtain an ap
propriation for a new quartermaster's
depot in Omaha, as recommended by
Colonel T. A. Grant.
ITALY UNIFIED BY TRIALS
Anniversary of Nation's War Entry
Observed at Luncheon in London.
ASSERTS LORD ROBERT CECIL
(By Auoelated PraM.)
London, May 22. The lord mayor
of London gave a luncheon at Man
sion t)use today'to commemorate the
third anniversary of Italy's entry into
the war. Among those present were
Lord Robert Cecil, minister Of block
ade; the Italian ambassador, Mar
quis Imperiali; the French and Japa
nese ambassadors, the Chinese, Serb
ian, Brazilian and Belgian ministers,
the Russian charge d'affaires and rep
resentatives of the American embassy.
In proposing a toast to "Italy, our
ally," Lord Robert Cecil ' expressed
Foreign Secretary Balfour's deep re
gret that he was prevented from being
present and said Mr. Balfour had
charged to convey in words that could
not be exaggerated the warmth of his
admiration for Italy and the cordiality
of his wishes for its continued pros
perity and success.
Italy had had trials as severe as, or
more severe than, any of the allies,
but it was remembered not so much
for its trials as for the glorious way
in which it had retrieved them. Italy's
resistance on the lines of the Piave
would live among the most " famous
battles in all ages. : ' " " ,,
Lord Robert believed that the great
AWES IMPROVE c
BY SUDDEN BLOWS
Opening of New Offensive Presaged by Extraordinary
Activity of Aerial Squadrons of Contending Armies
in France; American Artillery Batters Enemy's
(By Associated Press.)
In the past years of the war. a period of extraordinary ac
tivity of the aerial squadrons of the contending armies in
France has been considered an indication that events were rap
idly shaping themselves for an offensive by one side or the other.
At the present moment the most notable feature of the war situ
ation is the remarkable work of airmen in various sectors where
German attack is looked for. ; '
This activity has not been restricted to the actual battle
area, but far back of each front there have been daring raids.
The Rhine cities have been frequently bombed ;'.
IN RAIL CIRCLES
Inquirers Told Managements
Will Be Changed But Slightly;
Many Presidents to Be
Made Directors. :
(Oy AiuinclAted Fran.)
Washington', May 22. -The railroad
administration today began looking
for the most able operating officer of
each of the 200 roads under govern
ment control to become federal direct
or of his line and replace the oresident
as chief executive for operations. .
A survey of available men for these
positions indicated 'that many presi
dents would be chosen and conse
quently their companies would have
to elect new residents. J ,. '
General dismay among railway of-i
ncers over Director General McAdoo s
newly announced policy Was apparent
in inquiries reaching railroad adminis
tration headquarters concerning the
intent of the order. . All inquirers
were told that the director general is
anxious not to disorganize, the exist
ing. railway managements anv more
41ian necessary to insure a higher de
gree of co-operation between the gov
ernment management and the individ
ual roads. Practically no officers, ex
ecutives or employes who contribute
to the actual operation of the roads
will lose their jobs.
It was intimated that the present
salaries of many railroad heads, rang
ing upward from $50,000 to $100,000,
would not be duplicated by the rail
road administration. The salaries
would be "adequate.'' it was stated,
and would be of varying sizes com
parable to each man's ability and du
ties. Railway Wage-Increase
To Be Announced Soon
Washington, May 22. An . an
nouncement of a general wage in
crease for railway employ s, follow
ing in a general way the railway
wage commissions recommendations
but with many modifications, is im
minent. It was learned tonight that
Director General McAdoo who has
been studying the commission s re
port will be ready to act within i
' Title to Seat Held Valid
Washington, May 22. A house
elections committee today in the
contest of T. J. Steele against Rep
resentative George C. Scott of the
Eleventh Iowa district, reported Scott
feat of arms had not only been of
great result to the allies, but of en or
mous value to the Italians themselves.
Italy had come out of the trial with
greater unity and self-confidence and
if possible greater courage than it
had before. ,
Amid great cheering he referred to
the recent Italian naval raid on Pola
The men who took part in that raid,
he said, took their lives in their hands
to strike a blow for their country and
What had happened to Russia
showed the necessity for deedfe, not
words. Well meaning persons believed
that if only you would use language
of a conciliatory kind to the Germans
"they would come and feed out of
your hand." But Lord Robert be
lieved that there was a profound mis
apprehension of German psychology
and that it had been demonstrated by
the Brest-Litovsk treaty, the result
of which had been the total enslave
ment of Russia. As a result of what
had occurred the Reichstag peace res
olution was never referred to except
with contempt. It had become a scrap
of paper, as had almost all democratic
reform in Prussia
and Night. '
V IT R HPUfU UTM t ATTstrre
w nasu(ii TTtli (sv M w
American aviators have borne - a
"prominent part in this fifightinf. In
the Luneville and Toul sectors they
have given a magnificent account of
themselves, while further north, and
even in the defense of London, they
have demonstrated their fighting ca
pacity. . : ...'.;.";:,;.
The German-plans for a resumption v
of the offensive in France have been
seriously .hampered, by. the .sudden '
blows of the allies here and there
along the front.! The Germans have
been forced back at numerous points
and new lines which may be more
easily defended have been established
by the allies. , , . , : ;
AMERICANS OUTWIT ENEMY.
. The Americans on their own sector
have given the enemy no rest. The ar-
tillery has battered the .German lines
night, and day, while the infantrymen
have raided German outpost positions
ana have' proved 'themselves capable
of . outwitting i and outfighting; the
enemy. General Pershing's men have,
won 'several hot fights .with-the foe -and
have captured prisoners. A night
gas "attack was loosed, on the Ger-
jmans'i by the iAmericani near Tout,
MIBIISt V) MIC inmci DIM AVUI,
threef waves of shells drenching a .
wooded position of the enemy, with
poisonous fOmeSrr . t . '
The French, too. have been at work
in various sectors, particularly in the
Somme region. They; have gained
ground.-' here . and . there . at points
where positions of tactical value were
wrested from the Germans. ; j
Further north, the British front has i
been fairly, quiet,, with tremendous i
bursts of artillery fire coming at in
tervals. The German official State
ment says that British attacks at vari
oui points were repulsed. 1 v, '
; Germans; Mass Reserves.
Reports from, (the headquarters of
the French , army are that there has
been . a ' redistribution of German
troops along the entire front A Ger .
man attack is expected toon, probably
in the somme region near Albert or .
on the Avre river, where the German
cannon have been thundering for. sev
eral days, bu so far the German gen-. -eral
staff has not shown its' hand. ''s
It is known that there are great
masses of troops within striking; dis
tance of the front and it is believed1
that hen the enemy is ready to strike
there will be only brief artillery fire
as a prelude to the actual cssault by .
the infantry. The last report from
the French war office mentions heavy .
artillery fire, in the Somme region and
at Plemont, near Noyon, where, there
was terrific fighting early in April.1
CAUSE OF RIOTS IN I
CITIES OF BOHEMIA'
Washington, May 22. Division of
Bohemia into 12 districts, with advan
tages in the electoral domain given to .
the German minority in each so as to ...
reduce Czech representation in parlia- .
ment, is provided in a ministerial de
cree issued at Vienna. ' ..,
An. official dispatch today from
France says this .effort to dismember '
and Germaniie the Czech state taused .
the recent serious rioting at Ostrau,
Pilsen, 'Nachod and other. ' places
which resulted in the proclaimjng of
martial law and the imprisonment of
150 persons. ' . ' :., .
By increasing the German represen
tation from Bohemia at the expense
of the Czechs, the Austrian govern
ment, in the opinion here, hopes to
regain at the opening of parliament V
next June 19, the majority, which 1 it
lost some months ago through' the
coalition of all elements in opposition, r '
led by the Czechs. This adhession o '
opponents caused Emperor Charles to
order parliament dissolved early in
the present year, ' ,
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Capt. Metcalfe of Omaha Guest r
Of His Brother in Lincdn -
Lincoln, May 22. (Special.)rCap
tain Buhler Metcalfe of Omaha .was
visiting his brother, Lee Metcalfe, pri vate
secretary to the governor, this v
morning. " ' .
Captain Metcalfe has just returned
from a short leave of absence, having
been at Fort Sill taking special work
in "iiasons." This covers all lines of
communication used by the army, in
the field. He went into the service as
captain of a machine, gun company,
but was transferred to te ej"r ry
of service. T
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