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Farewell Banquet Tendered Heroes by Chamber of Com
merce Following a Day of Hospitality, Parade and
i Inspiring Speeches; Major Osterrieth Tells of
Valorous Deeds of Tourists.
Omaha last nighj at 8 o'clock bid a hearty farewell to 336
Belgian officers and troops who had been the guests of the city
during 11 hours of the day. It was a fitting climax Jo a day of
entertainment, sight-seeing tours, parade, luncheons and din
ner, all of which they shared in.
That Omaha again came to the front as a hospitable city
that knows how to entertain visitors was confirmed by each and
every one in the big party.
The visitors left with a smile and a
"thank you" that fully repaid for the
elaborate plans that had been made
for their day's visit. , '
The visitors were entertained at
dinner at 6 o'clock Thursday night by
the Chamber of CommerceAmong
the speakers were Major Osterrieth,
Mayor Smith and Howard Baldrige,
who was toastmaster.
Address by Mr. Baldrige.
: In the opening address Mr. Baldrige
said :.. ,
- ''My only wish is that every man
here codld understand the English
language that he might know our
feelings toward you. We have heard
of Thermopylol, of Waterloo and of
Gettysburg, but none of these are of
greater moment than the battle of
Liege, Natnur and others where you
so bravely fought to stem the onrush
of the Huns.
' "The world is prone to pay homage
to you and will never cease to be
praise the bravery of the men who
' fought not for Belgium alone, but for
the whple world.
"We Americans have made a vow
that whatever comes we will spend.
every dollar and shed our last drop of
blood, if necessary, in order that
Belgium shall be redeemed and re-
made. I J!" . Vf f 'v-
' " Mayor Smith 'Talks; 1 V
"You are welcome on this soil.
Whatever we have is yours. We pray
you Godspeed in your home-going
and in.the victory which shall come to
your arms."
Mr. Baldrige then called upon
Mavor Smith, who responded with an
address of welcome and good fellow
ship that expressed the feelings of the
city for which he spoke. Dr. E. De
lanney of Fort. Crook then spoke in
Preceding the dinner. E. S. Siebert
. and Misses Alegra Fuller, Ruth Gor
.don, Eleanor Lockie, Florence Ells
worth, accompanied on the piano by
Mrs.- Athea Hill, all pupils of the
Millie Ryan studio, sang "America"
and the "Marseillaise," and also sang
during the dinner at frequent inter
vals. Major Leon Osterrieth, chief of the
Belgian military mission in the United
States and in charge of the party, in
his address expressed the gracious
manner in which Omaha's efforts
toward the entertainment of the party
was received. His address was one
of the big features of the day.
- Speaks for Belgian Mission.
Major Osterrieth said in part:
"I thank you from my heart for
your kind invitation to visit your city
and for the cordial welcome you have
given us. I thank you on-behalf of
the British, French and Italian offi
cers as well as on behalf of the four
"Blue Devils," all of whom have
crossed the great American continent
to greef and welcome our troops re
turning from Russia. I also thank you
in the name of the Belgian officers,
(Continued on race Two, Column Two.)
The Weather
For Nebraska Clearing and some
what cooler in west; showers in east
portion Friday; Saturday fair, cooler
in east. . '
; " CompanttTO. Local Board,
v 1911. 1917. 19H. 1915.
Hfghest yesterday ....63 tf 79 72
: Lowest yesterday ....t3 44 61 57
Mean temperature ...6S 6 .64 64
Precipitation 12 .00 .00 .04
' Temperature and precipitation departures
, from the normal:
Normal temperature 65
Deficiency for the day ...7
Total excess since March 1, 1&18-. . . . . 3.76
Normal precipitation 13 inch
Deficiency for. the day.......... .01 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1....3.01 inches
pendency since Mareh 1, 1118.. 4. 61 Inches
Excess for cor. period. HIT.... .31 Inch
. Deficiency for cor. period, 1916.. 2 IS inches
j Beporte From Stations at 7 P. M.
Station. ' State of Temp. High- JUtn
. Weather 7 p.m. est fall.
Cheyenne, cloudy 72 74 .00
Davenport, cloudy ....... 64 " 70 . .00
Denver, cloudy ...... .'.76 " 7 ' .00
Des Moines," cloudy ....60 ..66. " .06
Dodge City,' cloudy ....86 , ' . .02
Lander, pt. cloudy ....74 76 .00
North Platte, pt. cloudy 72 . 74 .01
Omaha, cloudy 63 . 6V " .12
Ra-tild City, rain 74 7 T-
8anta F. cloudy .76 76 .00
' MieiMdan. "ctoudy "74 74 ' ". .00
Sioux City, cloudy 60 62 .16
Valentine, cloudy ' ..64 ". 66 '.66
iVT" Indicates tree of precipitation
. A. WELSH. .Meteorologist,
UP TO $300,000
State Chairman Judson received
a telegram from Bernard E. Sunny,
chairman of the central division of
the Red Cross war fund drive, urg
ing the biggest possible oversub
scription to the fund. The.' tele
gram was as follows:
"Great battle is now raging in
France with certain heavy casual
ties among our boys, and rapid ex
pansion of our forces at home are
making larger demands on Red
Cross than the War Council could
foresee last winter when it was de
cided .to ask for $100,000,000 war
fund. Chairman Davidson : asks
all divisions to urge states and
chapters to greater exertions to
oversubscribe their quotas as
much; as possible in order that the
Red Cross may meet its (Mw ob
ligation. People will readily seel;
the necesityifor more '-than the
amount first asked top Please get
this before all your chapters by
telegraph, and add your strongest
endorsement; I assure 'you it is
unrently necessary."
The telegram was sent Thursday
,night from Omaha to all the. Red
Cross chapters in the state. ' t
Chairman Buckingham Fore
casts $200,000 Mark Will Be
; Passed Friday, and. Reports
$165,000 Thursday.
Today will undoubtedly e the
Omaha quota of the Red Cross drive
oversubscribed, said Chairman Buck
ingham late last night. "We will not
slow up the pace we have set until the
drive is over. If we double our quota
it will be none too much for the cause
for which it is subscribed."
More than $165,000 has already been
subscribed in cash and pledges. More
than two-thirds of this amount is cash.
Indicatibns now are that $300,000 will
be raised instead of the quota of
Banks and many large business
houses have not subscribed and it is
believed that their subscriptions will
easily total $100,000. A telegram from
Washington to the state committee
gives the informatioin that National
banks may now subscribe to the Red
An Appeal to the Banks.
Theinessage said: ,
"President has signed bill permit
ting national banks to- contribute to
the Red Cross and is now a law. Bill
strongly recommended by comptrol
ler currency in annual report to con
gress, when he urged that national
banks be permitted to make such con
tributions. The Corporation commit
tee of New York secured $5,000,000,
contributions under the law -permitting
banks to make direct con
tributions to. the Red Cross. Banks
(Continued oa Page Four, Column Six.)
Washington, May 23. A message from President' Wilson extending
fraternal greetings to the Italian people and bidding them' Godspeed, was
read by Secretary Lansing at a mats meetjngriere tonight -celebrating the
third anniversary of Italy's entrance into the war. The message, which
has been cabled to Ambassador Page at Rome and wilt be read through
out Italy tomorrow at celebrations commemorating the day when Italy
again unfurled her battleflag against the Huns, follows: : '
"I am sure I am speaking for the people of the United States in send
ing to the Italian people warm fraternal greetings upon this,, the anniver
sary of the entrance of Italy intQ this great war, in which there is being
fought out once for all the irrepressible conflict between self-government
and the dictation of force. A ' , , .-V' -,'V' -? i
' "The people of the United States have looked with profound interest
and sympathy upon the efforts and sacrifices of the Italian people; are
deeply and sincerely interested in the present and future "security of Italy
and are glad to find themselves associated with a people to whom they
are bound by so many personal' and intimate ties in a struggle whose
object is liberation, freedom, the. rights of men and nations to live their
own lives and determine their own fortunes, the rights of the weak as
well as the strong and the maintenance of justice by the irresistible force
of free nations leagued together in the defense of mankind. With ever
increasing resolution and force we shall continue to stand together in this
sacred common cause.. . , t . ,: "
"America salutes the gallant kingdom of Italy and bids her Godspeed."
All Eyes Centered Upon Four. Dashing
French "Blue Devils" with Belgians Here
Four of the most famous warriors in the Belgian party whicn visited Omaha Thursday, and
who drew the admiring eyes of all, were the renowned French chausseurs, or "Blue Devils" as
they are more frequently called. Their blue uniforms and dashing air made them conspicuous.
In ihe group above the four "Blue Devils," Francdis Warembourg, Rene Wadoux, Andre
Vanhove and Louis Benoit, are shown with a group of their Belgian comrades, their headgear
here distinguishing them. They are the four with the caps which resemble greatly the popular
"Tarn O'Shanter," and stand in line, from right to left, second, fourth, fifth and sixth.
Spectators Moved to Tears
When Slayer. Sobs and Sways
in Witness Chair at
Her Trial.
(By Associated Press.) ...
Waukesha,- Wis., May - 23.-With
xnauc conclusion u toaay ner own i
Wory of hef "lit Almost up to the !
slaying of Mrs. Mary Newman Rob
erts for which she is now on trial.
: Swaying; in the witness chair ; at
times, as if 6ii the verge of collapse,
often lowering her voice until it was
almost inaudible,1 she denied that she
had ever pursued Dr. David Roberts
and charged that he first appealed for
her help in the preparation of a book
and finally won her sympathy by
telling of his unhappy life: ,
' After describing many meetings in
Chicago and other places during two
years, Miss Lusk told of arranging a
conference with Dr. Roberts in a
Milwaukee hotel in May, 1917, about
a month before the tragedy. It was
to this meeting which-she carried the
fistol with which she later shot Mrs.
"I had decided that the situation q
naa to oe straigntenea out, she testi
fied, "and that if Dr. Roberts did not
care for me I would take my own
life. I told him how sincere I had
been in my affections, how I would
never have allowed it to start if he
had not assured me that Mrs. Roberts
did not. care for him. Things now
were beyond my control. My repu
tation was gone and my life ruined.
Mrs. Roberts also was hopelessly
wronged. If this had been a game on
his part, and if I had been so simple
as not to have understood it, I would
take the consequences.
"Then he said he cared ten thous
and times more for me. I asked him
to tell her. He said it was impossi
ble. I again , asked him if he cared
for me. He assured me that he did.
I then took the pistol, made him put
his right hand on a bible and asked
him to swear that he would go home
and Jell the truth. He said that it
was impossible at that time. I said
I would give, him until the 15th of
June and he then . swore that . he
would tell Mrs. Roberts that we
cared for each other. I told him to
ask for his freedom, and he said, 'Do
you think that will be necessary if I
tell the truth?' Then I put down the
gun and; told him that he need not
(Continued on Page Two, Column One.)
, Kansas City, May 23. Mrs. Rose
Pastor Stokes, charged with violation
of the espionage act, was convicted by
a jury in federal court tonight upon
all three counts in the indictment
against her.
After conferring with Francis M.
Wilson, U. S. district attorney, and
Seymour Stednian of Chicago, Mrs.
Stoke's counsel, Judge Van Valken
burgh announced that he would defer
sentence pending a motion for a new
trial. He set June 1 as the date for
hearing the motion.
The offense for which Mrs. Stokes
was convicted carries with it a pos
sible penalty of a fine of $10,000 or
imprisonment for 20 years or both on
each count.
The special act for which she was
indicted was the writing to the Kan
sas City Star of a signed communica
tion in which she said she was not
for the government and did not be
lieve the United States should have
the unqualified support of every citi
zen in its war aims.
20,000 "Smokes" Set-Up
4 ' Of Omaha Belgians to
Visiting Countrymen
An incident in the reception of- -fered
the Belgian military mission
Thursday that was warmly received
was the distribution of 2,500 cigars
and 17,500 cigarets by the Belgian
people of Qmaha, represented by a
committee composed of Albert
Van Houtte, Adolph Bogard, Joe
Van Rycheghen ant Gus Ginst.
The "smokes" were distributed im
mediately upon the arrival of the
big party at the court house and
were consumed with a relish. r
Harry Lauder's Own
Story of War Zone
Experiences Will Be
Found On Page 5.
Artillery and Aerial Forces
L Showing Great Activity Pre
liminary to Battle Which
. May ProvDwlsive.w
Br AMolatd free,) TT-.f
German preparation! for i ' re
sumption of the great offensive along
the western front are reported to
have been completed and the Teuton
legions are awaiting the command
once more to launch themselves "at
the lines from which they recoiled in
the first two major operations of the
drive. Allied leaders believe the
German blow will be struck in a, few
days and are awaiting with supreme
confidence the trial of strength
which may prove decisive.
The German official report men
tions frequent French infantry, at
tacks on the western bank of the
Avre, but these probably were local
operations for gaining better de
fensive positions or disturbing the
enemy in his preparations for the
great battle. Artillery is active every
where. Three U. S. Airplanes Brought Down.
In the air, however, the fighting
has seemed to grow in intensity.
From every sector along the front,
aerial squadrons have been engaged
in combats in which heavy losses
have been inflicted.
American airmen have made their
appearance on the Lys battlefield,
according to the German official re
port, which says that three American
machines were brought down Wed
nesday. This is the first time that
American aviators have been re
ported on this part of the front and
it is probable that they are attached
to the large.' body of men which
reached positions on the British front
Thirty-seven German airplanes
were destroyed, 60 others forced to
land badly damaged within their
own line and eight captive balloons
destroyed by French aviators in 105
aerial combats between May 15 and
May 18. -
Germans have been on V raiding
forays behind the allied lines. Wed
nesday night a determined effort was
made by a German aerial 'squadron
to reach Paris, but most of .the ma
chines were driven off, and dropped
their bombs in the suburbs. One or
two machines penetrated the de
fenses, but the damage was negligi
ble. ..''
An attack on a large allied hos
pital was made Sunday night by the
Germans, who dropped many bombs
on the buildings and tents shelter
ing sufferers. ,
1 ; "How Many Boches Did You Kill?"
"Count Blades a Scythe Will Cut."
Fernand Traupeau and Arthur i
Warrnaut, Belgian soldiers, were sur
rounded 'by a croud of persons at
Seventeenth . and Farnam ; streets
Thursday afternoon and were unwill
ing guests at an informal reception.
Persons who can speak French acted
as' interpreters . and .they were kept
busy asking questions for the scores
of persons who" crowded about the
soldiers. " ' '
"How many Germans did you' kill?"
The men shrugged their broad
shoulders, and , explained in French:
".We mowed right through .them.- Can
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House Military Committee Incorporates in New Bill Pro
vision Repealing Limit to Number That May be
Taken and Assuring Steady Flow of .
Troopi Until War Is Won.
(By Associated Press.) 1 ,
Washington, May 23. Two important slaps were taken
today toward perfecting the task of putting the nation on a war
basis. - - ;
Soon after Provost' Marshal General Crowder had pro
mulgated a drastic amendment to the selective service regula
tions requiring every man of draft age to work or fight, Secre
tary Baker appeared before the house military committee and
asked that President Wilson be authorized to call to the colors
all men of draft age who can be equipped and trained. The
house committee promptly voted the authority into the army ,'
appropriation bill about to be reported to the house. -'
Under existing law power is given to draft 1,000,000 fight
ing, men, in addition to special units. This limit soon will be
reached with men constantly going into camp to replace' those
sailing for France as fast as ships can be provided to take them.
With the law changed as the president desires, the man power,
of the country will be drawn upon for whatever force may be
necessary to win the war. . . ! , '
General Crowder's regulation is far-rea'ehing in scope; and touches riot
only habitual idlers but also requires that the draft registrants how in oc
cupations held to be nonaseful seek new jobs or tike their places in ths annyv
Clerks in stores, waiters, bartenders, employes at places of amusement, pas
senger elevator men and other employes around hotels, clubs and business
buildings, as well as gamblers, fortune '.tellers and race track and bucket
shop attendants all fall among those clsssf as non-usefully engaged. En
forcement of the rule is expected to add some men to the army and to do
wore important service in improving the labor situation in essential industries.
Return to Work Following Con
ference With Mayor, , Who
Will Call for Mediator
From Washington.
Following conferences last night
between Mayor Ed P. Smith and rep
resentatives of the employers and bev
erage workers, the night shifts at the
beverage plants involved in a two
days' strike all returned to work. Day
workers will return this morning.
Representatives of the employers
met with the mayor at the city halt
last night following his request for a
conference. They agreed to abide by
the decision of an arbitrator, appoint
ed by the Department of Commerce
Land Labor, if the employes would
enter into a like agreement. -,
The beverage workers' representa
tives were then called into conference
and readily agreed to the terms on
consideration the mayor' obtain the
arbitrator from Washington.,
' "I will wire the department the first
thing this morning to send a man at
once," said Mayor Smith. "I am con
fident a satisfactory agreement will
be reached and the strike adjusted
peaceably, and honorably."
One hundred employees of four bev
erage companies in Omaha were af
fected by the strike according to
figures given out by union officers.
Police were called out to assist in
moving trucks from one part of the
city to another at the request of the
employer but no violence was offered.
The companies affected by the strike
were Fred Krug Products company,
Willow Springs Beverage company,
Storz Beverage and Ice company and
Omaha Beverage company.
Fairbanks Improved.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 23. The
condition of Charles W. Fairbanks,
who is ill at his home here, was con
sidered more satisfactory this morn
ing by the attending physicians.
you tell how many blades a scythe
cuts down?"
"Were you wounded?". . ,, v
"Oui, oui," they answered, as though
being wounded is a matter, of course.
How many times?" insisted a the
crowd. ;' f
! An interpreter repeated the quev
tion ,and Traupeau . said, "Twice."
while Warrnaut held up four fingers.
They are husky soldiers with iron
muscles and steady nerve, pink cheeks
and curly hair. They explained that
the armored cars are wonderful fac
tors in the .war, and they are anxious
to be in the. fight agahv ;,,
V Py Provided for 3,500,060,
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iic nuuse mmiery comnuuee S ac
tion, -after testing Seeretsry Baker,
completed the army bill, with provi
sion or, the pa of J.pOOOOO men and
with ordninee' appr'oflrlations' on ths
base of , In srmy of 4,000,000. Th
measure will be laid before the house
carrying a . iota! of $9,591129,000 Of ,
actual abfirobrfatl&ris. and'-authorlza- '
tion for contract! amounting to $2,
464,416,000 more.'. V '.:,; v, 7 .
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,At. .Bin-t IUIU 1116 VUUIUIIllGV III
executive session the 'president's rea
sons for asking that no limit be placed
upon the nuinber:of draft men, to be
called. Members said later it was es
timated that, an , army of - 5,000,000
could be raised without changing the
draft ages. .. f
This amendment to the existing law
was adopted, by the committee:,
"Provided, tfjat the authority con
ferred upon the president by the act
approved May 18, 1917. entitfed :'An
act to authorize the president to in- ;
crease temporarily the military estaj)-''
lishment of the Unjted States,', is
hereby extended so1 as to authorise -him
during each fiscal year to raise by,
draft as provided in said act and acts
amendatory thereof the maximum '
number of men which may be organ-,
ized, equipped, trained and used diir-
ing auch year for the prosecution of
the present war until the same shall
have been brought to a successful con
clusion." , 4 K . , i , -
Katherine Stinson Betters ; '
Two Records for Flight
' Binghamton, N. : Y., May 23.-
Katherine Stinson, the aviatrix, who '
left Chicago this morning to fly .to T
New York, carrying government ;
mail, damaged her. airplane while
attempting a landing two miles north !
of this city at 6:40 p. m. The ma-,
chine overturned Just as it reached
the ground, smashing the propeller ,
and damaging one of the wings. Miss
Stinson was uninjured. ' "
Having covered,;, 783 miles - from
Chicago to this city in 10 hours,' Miss
Stinson bettered by about nine .miles
the distance' made by Ruth Law in-,
her record-breaking flight' in the' '
fall of, 1916. ;. Lack of easoline forced ,
the lahdiitg and Miss Stinson broke'
two American records, one for dis-
tance and another, held by herself, for .
endurance., She ;will resume her jour-'
ney to New York at 8 o'clock" a. m.
tomorrow; ', ,
Custodian Seizes Concerns '
Buying Cotton for Germany i
New :York,' May 23.-A Mitchell ,
Palmer, alien property custodian, an
nounced 'here tonight that he . had
seized ' seven corporations, mostly .
located in Massachusetts, 'which he "
said were among "the principal rep
resentatives in America " of the in
dustry' planned to supply? cotton j to
the German; government. vs S;V
Five ot the corporations, the i New-'
England Waist company.the . Ameri- -can
- Linters ,t0mpany tb,e rAmerican' .
Products company, the Overseas
Trading company and Wolf and Sons t
are said by Ut Palmetto be owned
by Wolfe - and t Soehus:. one of the. .
largest cotton, houses in the , world. -They
represent holdings' .amounting
to nearly $4,000,000. r
Land Survey 'ked.tvi
. Washington, May 23. A deficiency
appropriation of .$36,253 fdr reiurvey
ing public, lands m Colorado and the
classification of larids involved in the
Oregon and ' California railroad for '
f eiture suit has .' been : asked of ceo r
gress' by- the Interior departnttr ,
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