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THE BEE: OMAHA, TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1918.
WENT TO HUN
Thousands of Dollars Intended
for War Charities Diverted
by Bernstorff Into Propa
, The exhibit by The Bee of
German Red Cross money col
lected in Knox county, but
used for German propaganda
has raised the question how far
. German-ancestry citizens of
Omaha and vicinity were like
Thousands of dollars were
sent from here in the first years
af the war to Count Johan von
Bernstorff, German ambassa
dor to the United States at the
time, for the German Red
Cross, prisoners of war and
widows' and orphans' iunds.
but so far as can be ascer
tained not V single acknowl
edgement of receipt ever came
from the other side of the
ocean. -v '
. A Bee representative has found in
Qrrtaha cancelled checks showing that
Von Bernstorff, instead of transmit
ting the sums of money raised here
for the German and Austrian relief
societies, had endorsed them over to
Dernburjr,head of the German pro-
taganda work in America, or depos
ted them to his own account
Big Sums Collected.
It is conservatively estimated that
'jums approximating between $60,000
and $100,000 were collected in Ne
braska and transmitted to Count
Johan von Bernstorff, for use in Ger
man Red Cross work, previous to the
declaration of war on Germany'by the
United States. , !
There was no central organization
in! this state for. the collection and
transmission of, "these funds. The
money was sent by individuals,
churches, ladies' aid societies, local
lodges and organizations such as the
Sons of Herman, the Deutscher Land
wehr und Kreigerbund verein, the
Plattdeutscherverien, and the German
Alliance. .- ,: :"' ' ,
Food, clothing and hospital sup
plies, gathered by women and-lodges
and designated for the relief of cer
tain communities in Germany andj
Austria, were sent to those points un
der direction of Count von ' Bern
storff. and the receipt of the same
was acknowledfied by the ofocials of
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Nebraska Boy Awarded Medals
For Service in Coast Artillery
Ernest Francouer, 19-year-old bojrpf
Chappell, Neb., has been awarded two
medals for service in the coast artil
lery. He is now stationed at San
The young soldier is of " French
descent. He was a member of Persh
ing's French interpreting party, but
his hearing was not clear enough for
overseas service and he was trans
ferred to the coast'artillery.
His mother, 60 years old, is a true
French patriot and she declares she
is proud to have her son do his part
in the war. ,
.the communities benefitted by such
No Receipts for Mfney.
Money that was directed for the
relief of designated communities was
received by the German ambassador,
and acknowledged by him, with a
promise that he would see that it
was used as directed, but no instance
has yet been found of communities
acknowledging the receipt of such
Cases are reported of wealthy Ger
mans residing at various points in Ne
braska,' who sent to Von Bernstorff,
personally, checks for sums ranging
from $500 to $1,000 for Red Cross
Val Peter of Omaha estimate, the
amount sent for this purpose through
the German Alliance, would approxi
mate $22,000. At first the German
Alliance of Nebraska recommended
that the funds so contributed be
equally divided between the German
and Austrian Red Cross and later re
duced the amount to the Austrians
Money Route Is Changed. .
At first most of this money was
sent direct to Von Bernstortt, and
later it was transmitted to John
Schartz, treasurer of the national
organization, and who lives at Balti
more. Mrs. Pauline Getschman, 1608
South Tenth street, active in German
Red Cross work in the days of neu
trality, says large sums were trans
mitted by various churches and
women's organizations of German and
Austrian origin, direct to Von Berns
torff until the time this country was
on the verge of diplomatic break with
Germany, when he directed all future
funds.be sent to E. Hecker, of the
German Red Cross delegates, 1123
Broadway, New York City.
Koening's Local Activities.
Ernest Koening, chairman of the
Plattdeuschverein . of . Omaha, sent
$2,500 to Von Bernstorff from his or
ganization, and all ot trie aratts.
which were cashed at the Kuhn Loeb
banking house, in New York City,
were endorsed by Von Bernstorff to
Dr. Dernburar. who had charge ot the
work of disseminating German propa
ganda, promoting sabotage and en
deavoring to bring about civil war
conditions in ihis country.
Koening also acted as treasurer for
the Kreigerbund und Landwehr ver
ein of Omaha, and agent for the or
Nemaha county, in this state, and for
the lodge at Dunlao. Ia.
For this organization he sent at
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divide the cost
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Free demonstration all this week by special representatives from the
Ruud factory. - .
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various times, dating from May 11
1915, to August 15, 1915, checks for
$300, $600 and $3,500. The check for
$3,500 and the one for $300 was en
dorsed by Von Bernstorff to the or
der of Dr. Dernburg, and the one for
$600 evidently was cashed for Von
Bernstorff for himself, as it bore no
Contributors in Nebraska.
There are hundreds of Sons of
Herman, Kreigerbund und Land
wehrverefn, Plattdeutschervcreins and
other German lodges and societies in
addition to women and church or
ganization and individuals in Ne
braska who contributed heavily to
the German Red Cross during 1915.
Until they received orders to send
their funds to Schartz or Hecker, all
of the monies were sent to Von
Bernstorff personally. Besides the
money for Red Cross relief, funds ijlso
were collected for the relief of Ger
man war prisoners in Siberia and
for the relief of widows and
orphans in Silesia, and for the relief
of widows and- orphans in Germany
and Austria. These contributions were
directed to Von Bernstorff, who
acknowledged their receipt and re
plied that he would see they would
go where directed.
Cancelled chegks that have been
returned through the disbursing
banks show they were cashed, in most
instances on the endorsement of Von
Bernstorff to the order of Dr. Dern
burg. . 1 "' ' '
Clocks in Russia Are Run '
Up Two Hours to Save Fuel
Moscow, June 3. Clocks through
out Russia have been advanced two
hours in order to save light and fuel.
a Ruud Automatic Water
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BUY YOUR COAL
THIS VEEK, PLEA
Patriotic Omahans Urged to
Order Fuel Now inOrder to
Avert Famine in
This is "Early Ordering -Week,'
during which the United States fuel
administration urges all patriots to
nlaee orders for their' next winter's
coal supply with their dealers. The
object is to geV this coal in the Dins
of as many homes as possible, so that
the mines may work all summer and
the railroads may haul the coal now
and thus be relieved of mucl of this
i enormous work next winter.
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Many people nave aireauy urucicu
their coal," said Arthur Palmer; ex
ecutive secretary to Fuel Administra
tor John L. Kennedy. 'But a far
greater number must order if the fuel
problem for next winter is to be
solved. After the order is placed the
'people are asked to wait with patience
until delivery is made. The dealers
will do this as fast as possible.
Tranfinortation is Problem.
"Our fuel problem is cheifly one of
transportation. Uur railroads are
staggering under war burdens. With
their limited facilities they must rush
coal at top speed from mines to con
sumers day and night, summer and
winter to keep the country warm
and the wheels of industry turning.
To help them the government has
established a zone system whereby
coal must be brought from tile near
est mines with the shortest haul.
"Nebraska formerly got almost
1,000,000 tons of soft coal annually
from east of the Mississippi, most of
it from Illinois, and more than 130,000
tors of hard coal from Pennsylvania.
For this we must substitute coal from
mines nearer home from Iowa, Mis
souri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma,
Colorado and Wyoming.
"We are at war The war must
come first. We must endure incon
venience, discomfort, and even, hard
ship, with courage and patience, if
thus to endure will help us win. Our
most popular coals were taken from
us only after a long and careful study
of facts, figures and conditions by
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expert coal and railroad mem These
men tell us it is our duty to deny
ourselves coal to which we are accus
tomed. "To avoid a famine we must rush
into Nebraska coal that will burn, and
we must not be too particular. If we
can't get what we want we must take
what we can get Let us order from
our regular dealers some kind of coal
without delay. The east charges the
west with apathy and indifference as
to the threatened fuel famine and we
must show them once more that Ne
braska is the school house of - the
Meeker Loses Test Suit
Against Treasurer Endres
A suit for a temporary injunction
to restrain City and County Treasurer
Endres from paying the salary of Mrs.
Rose Ohaus, superintendent of the
Board of Public Welfare, was denied
Lewis A. Meeker, plaintiff, by District
Judge Troup Monday afternoon. The
case was brought to test the constitu
tionality of the law passed by the leg
islature on April 16, 1915. creating the
welfare board in Omaha. The judge
upheld the law, but commented in his
findings that the wording of the law
was "not commendable, to say the
least." ' ...
Aged Man Seriously Hurt
In Fall Down Flight of Stairs
Peter 3arrett, aged 75, fell down a
flight of stairs at his home, 2114 Chi
cago street, early Monday morning,
sustaining injuries which may result
in his death. The injured man was
taken to the Lord Lister hospital.
"VOU'RE THE BEST FRIEND A
THIRSTY MAN EVEH HAD"
YOU'IX SAY SO, TOO, WHEN YOU DUINIC
WAT af 1
Heater in y our home and
per cent discount tor cash
Preacher Would Quit.
But Congregation Won't
Rev. F. W. Leavitt, pastor of
Plymouth' Congregational church,
is anxious to go into war work.
Some months ago Rev. Mr. Leav
itt tendered his resignation for
the purpose of going into Young
Men's Christian association work
Sunday morning, at the Plym
outh Congregational church, Rev.
Mr. Leavitt announced a congre
gational meeting immediately fol
lowing the regular services. At
the meeting he presented his res
ignation, effective September 1.
Like the former resignation, this
one was rejected. What the out
come is going to be is a matter of
speculation. However, Rev. Mr.
Leavitt says that he is determined
to get into the Christian work
among the soldiers.
HUGHES CO., OMAHA.
PHONE DOUGLAS 1334.
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On the contrary, it is the
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. economical way of supplying ever ready
hot water to your home. The Ruud is
simply an automatic attachment con
necting your gas and water pipes. Turn
v a faucet and the flow of water auto
matically ignites gas burners in the
Heater. ' Turn the faucet off and the gas
goes off.V Simple, isn't it? '
,1509 Howard Street
Woman Crushed to Death , .
When Freight Train Starts
Crushed by the sudden start of a'
freight traiu beneath which she had.
crawled at Third and William streets,
late Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Mary
Gottstein, 1218 South Second street,
died within an hour at St. Catherine'!
hospital. Both legs were broken, oni
at. the ankle, the other at the hip.
Mrs. Gottstein, who lives alone ii
her home, was in the habit of crossing
the tracks to get water from a sprina
near the river. ... '
The funeral will be held Tuesday
morning at 8:30 o'clock from Janda's'
undertaking establishment to St Wen
ceslaus' church. Fourteenth and Pine
streets. Mrs. Gottstein is survived by
a daughter. Mrs. Fred Kahl, 2768 Burt
street, and by a sister, Mrs. J.'E.
Kubobec of California,
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