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IV! ore Than 800,000 Amtricans
Now in France; Movement to
Be Kept Up, Says Gen
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, June 15. To
give the allies a mastering su
periority of numbers over the
German invaders, American
troops are being rushed to
France as rapidly as transport
tonnage will permit.
When the purpose will be
realized cannot now be fore
told, but more than 800,000
men have been sent overseas
andthis number will be in
creased to 1,000,000 early in
These facts were announced today
by Gen. Peyton C. March, chief of
staff, in inaugurating the government's
new policy of giving newspaper men
a weekly summary of battle condi
tions. Line Lengthened 66 Miles.
Facing a great map of the battle
lines, wjth every operation of the Ger
man offensive shown upon it, General
March drew a graphic picture of a
single gigantic campaign extending
from Rheims to the sea, where the
allied ncs have been battered back in
four successive phases. The great
wedge of assault has now increased
the allied lines 66 miles from Rheims
"In a condition of this kind," said
General March, with a quick gesture at
the map, "where a new line has to be
" held and where the attacks of the
"""Germans have been made with such
large forces as they have, the im
portance of getting American troops
to the front is more and more pre
eminent. "We have now passed the 800,000
mark in troops shipped overseas."
Rush to Be Kept Up.
' The extent of the American troop
movement was particularly striking,
because Secretary Baker stated less
, than a week ago that "more than 700,
000" had embarked. The fact that the
figure had increased approximately
100.000 in less than seven days drew
a quick question as to when definite
superiority in man power might be
"The matter of the number of
troops on the western front," General
March replied, "is a question that
must be considered with reference not
only to the enemy divisions which
have been known there all along, bflr
with the potential increase which
might be attained by bringing divi
sions from the eastern front.
"It is impossibleto predict a day
say a montn aneaa or any otner
definite time when a mastering su
periority will be in the hands of tfre
allies, but the number of troops we
are sending across now is limited only
by the capacity of the ships to carry
them, and we intend to keep that up."
Channel Ports Hun Objective.
General March made it clear 'that
there js no doubt in his mind or in
that of the allied military leaders that
the channel ports are the main objec
tive of the whole German effort. In
terse sentences and with quick mo
tions toward the map as he followed
out the strategy of the one great bat
tle, he outlined the situation that Gen
eral Foch is facing.
"The four drives," he said, "one be
ginning March 21, the next April 9,
the third May 27, and the present one
June 9, are all part of the common
scheme of offensive. Considering as a
whole the succession of attacks, the
first penetrated the allied line some 36
miles into Picardy, the second some
15 miles into Flanders and the third
a distance of 38 miles further along
the Marne. Under the present drive
the line has been penetrated an aver
age distance of from five and one-lialf
to six miles.
"All of these drives have been
stopped. The present advance is mare
to straighten outthe German line
than it is a military movement with a
definite and important objective like
Paris, for instance."
Battle Near Final Stage.
In connection with the advance
toward Paris, General March pointed
out that the farthest point they had
thus' far reached this year was 20
miles farther away from Paris than
the point of their nearest approach
to that city in 1914., While General
March did not say so, it was evident
that-he anticipates further efforts to
. complete the reduction of the Com
piegne salient before the major move
ment toward the channel is resumed.
Other officers feel that the renewal of
the assault on. the British lines will
definitely mark the beginning of 'the
final stage of the battle, but they Also
believe that the German strategists
may not be willing to leave theallies
in possession of strong pom? lilce
Compiegne. with its surrounding for
ests, which would be in the rear anil
fie ilr.nJr,of the thrust toward the
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U. S. Navy Has Sunk
28 Submarines Since
Jan. 1, Says Senator
Pemberton, Mass., June 15.
"Since January 1 cur navy has sunk
28 German submarines and our sail
ors should have the credit for it,"
declared Senator John W.
Weeks, member of the senate mil
itary affairs committee, in an ad
dress here today.
"I believe when a heroic deed is
done, it should be made public," he
E. J. Tully Seized With Blue
Prints of Concrete Ships in
- Krajieck Held.
Philadelphia, June 15 (Special Tel
egram.) E. J. Tully of 5004 Walnut
street, a young draftsman in the em
ploy of the Emergency Fleet corpora
tion here, was held today under $25,
000 bail for a hearing by United States
Commissioner Long on the charge of
stealing an almost complete set of
blue prints and plans of the new con
crete boats which the government has
begun to build in large numbers. It is
said he formerly worked at his pro
fession in Omaha.
Government officials who were
present at the hearing intimate that
at the further hearing Monday star
tling developments will come to light.
They say that Tully is only the dupe
for German spies who have been try
ing for months to get the plans of
the concrete boats. In Tully's pos
session were found several letters
which had been written to him from
New Orleans by a man who signed
himself "Steve Krajieck," also former
ly employed in Omaha.
In one letter Krajieck offered to re.
ward Tully handsomely if he would
propure a complete set of plans and
blue prints of the boats now being
manufactured on, Emergency N Fleet
corporation ways.' , t . .
Krajieck Also Arrested.
''Kraiieck. Special Agent Frank Gar--
barino announced, has been arrested
in New Orleans and. has been held
under the espionage act.
Pending the arrival Of additional in
formation from the ' Department of
Justice in the Louisiana town, Gar
barino would tell little. Tully was ar
rested upon information received from
government officials in New Orleans.
His arrest was made just 24 hours
after Krajieck had been taken. Gar
barino hurriedly dispatched John Mc
Devitt, one of his agents, to Tully's
rooms at 5004 Walnut street. The
young draftsman was at home.
McDevitt told Tully that he. was
under arrest and then proceeded to
search his room. Concealed under a
bed in a traveling bag. McDevitt
found what he was seeking. In the
grip were 100 blue prints and draw
ings and each one of them was a gov
ernment plan of some part of the new
concrete ships being turned out by
the Emergency Fleet corporation.
Said to Have Worked Here.
A person named E. T. Tullv. whose
name is the same as that of the man
arrested in Philadelphia on an espion
age charge, lived at the home of J. C.
Tully, 543 South Twenty-seventh
street. He was a draftsman in the em
ploy of the Concrete Engineering
company, with offices in the Omaha
National bank building, officials of
the company say.
He resigned his position with the
engineering company about 10 weeks
ago and went to Washington, D. C.
Friends here later learned that he
entered the federal employment and
was assignd to the Emergency Fleet
corporation work at New Orleans.
Steve Krajieck, arrested at New Or
leans on the same charge, was also in
the employ of the Concrete Engineer
ing company and was assistant agent
for the concern at Chicago. He came
here from West Point, Neb., where
his parents were prominent in the
county. It is thought they are living
in Omaha at the present time, but
efforts to find them were unavailing.
Treasury Receipts Saturday
. May Exceed Billion Dollars
Washington, June 15. This was
the biggest tax gathering day in the
nations history. Millions perhaps
more than a billion of income and
CXi5e?S . Profits assessments from
which the government raies most of
its internal revenue were paid to
collectors in the 64 districts in such
numbers that it will take two weeks
to tabulate them.
Persons who failed to pay by to
night, as required by law, will re
ceive next week notices of their de
linquency, with demand that they
pay before June 25. in iSrrW tn sunlH
penalties imposed after that date.
a early four million separate pay
ments have been made up to tonight,
it is estimated.
Welfare Board at Park.
The Board of Public Welfare and
the superintendent, Mrs. Rose Ohaus,
visited the scene of the Friday's
double tragedy at Krug park list
night. The board watched liie dancing
at the pavilron and seemed pleased
with the manner in which the dancing
was conducted. I arge posters bear-
ng me city ordinance and rerula
iifjns for dancers are at each end of
the hall. 4
Mr. Stay - at
RACE STRIFE ROCKS AUSTRIA;
SUBJECT SCORES HUN RULER
Slavs and Poles Bent on Real
izing National Aspirations;
Vienna Government to
Washington, June IS. -The inter
nal situation in Austria daily becomes
more acute. An official dispatch to
day from' France says a reorganization
of the ministry is planned in spite
of threats of the German deputies to
go over to the opposition if the
Seydler , ministry ; resigns. Several
members of the cabinet already have
threatened to give up office, the dis
patch says, unless the government
convenes the Reichstrat in responses
to the demands of the Czechs.
In reply to accusations of the Ger
mans that they are trying to betray
the dual monarchy for the benefit of
the entente allies, the Slavs and Poles
have announced that they will con
tinue to fight for the realization of
their national aspirations at whatever
Amsterdam, June 15. The Berlin
Tageblatt prints the following dis
patch from its Vienna correspondent:
The death sentence has been
passed on the government and it re
mains to be seen what course the gov
ernment will take if the crown declines
to accept the coming resignations. This
is a state crisis and the Austria of
1867 has gone. Premier Von Seydler
declines to recognize this and the dan
ger of the situation. Berlin must r$
?lize that the old signatory alliance no
longer exists and no power on earth
not even Germany's protection, can
It is reported, rioting has broken
out in Vienna and matters have come
tp a crisis in Bohemia and Moravia.
MEN FOR NAVY
Washington, June 15. Upwards of
40,000 men will be needed to man the
great fleeH of warships which the
United Stafes will turn out during the
next fiscal year, the house naval com
mittee was advised today by secre
Racing Delivery Trucks
Blamed for Auto Crash
Mrs: W. S. Robison, 3114 Popple
ton avenue, was slightly injured Sat
urday night when an autmobile driven
by D. P. Singles, 1301 South Thirty
first street, in which she was riding,
was run into a tree at Thirty-third
street and Poppleton avenue. Wit
nesses of the accident declare Mr.
Singles was forced over the curb by
two Troy laundry wagons which were
being raced down the street at a high
rate of speed. The other occupants i
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oi inc car escaped wunoui injury.
Held as Fugitive.
Bert Therber, 2210 Harney street,
was arrested Saturday and is being
held for the Lincoln police. It is al
leged that Therber is a fugitive from
justice and that he violated an order
of - the district court of Lancaster
county ordering him to pay alimony
to his divorced wife.
Concert at Hans com Park.
Fairbrother's band will give a con
cert at iianscom nark this pvemnsr at
16 o'clock in conjunction with Elks'
day flag program.
- Home Tries Eating Out of Doors
"Entire War Family Affair of
Hohenzollerns," Declares Dr.
Cohn, Socialist Deputy
a ... Bjr AMocUtcd FrM.)
' Amsterdam, June 15. A scene was
caused in the Reichstag yesteHay by
Dr. Colin, a socialist member, when,
according to the" Cologne Gazette, he
"The border states have become a
territory where lie bleaching the
bones of the best in the land, who
have been slaughtered by the misled
German soldiers." v
An uproar followed this declaration
and Deputy Cohn was called to order,
but he continued: .
"The whole war has become a fam
ily affair of the Hohenzollerns. It is
possible that we , may finally remain
the only warriors in Europe and the
entente will have to submit, but
Europe will have become a continent
of beggars and we shall all suffer the
consequences of such a peace."
Lieutenant General von Stein, Prus
sian minister of war and state, in reply
"It is not one family in this coun
try, which is waging .war, but the
German people, under the kaiser, is
waging war for its existence."
According to another account of the
excited debate, several independent
socialists shouted, "robbers, mur
derers," when Dr. Cohn said that peo
ple were being slaughtered by the mis
led German soldiers." Members of the
center and the conservative parties
thereupon left the chamber, it is re
ported. American Treasury Lends
More Millions to Allies
Washington, June 15.' The treas
ury today extended new credits of
$175,000,000 to Great Britain and
$9,000,000 to Belgium. This brought
total credits to the allies to $5,954,
550,000, including $3,170,000,000 to
Great Britain and $121,550,000 to Bel
MAUPIN AND U.S.CR0P AGENT
State Publicity Agent's Optimism Gets
Rapid Rise Out of Uncle Sam's Expert
CLASH ON WHEAT ESTIMATE
Is the opinion of Will H. Maupin,
state publicity agent, better than that
of the combined judgment of 2,000
crop reporters and an expert traveling
This is the question asked by A. E.
Anderson, field agent for Nebraska for
the Bureau of Crop Estimates of the
federal Department of Agriculture.
Recently the government estimated
that the winter wheat crop of Nebras
ka would be 43,000,000 bushels and
there would be 6,000,000 bushels of
Will Maupin, who is an optimist of
so pronounced a type that like Colonel
Sellers, he can see millions where
others only see naughts, says the gov
ernment reporUis not even conserva
tiveit is merely a bad guess. He
claims the federal authorities fell 17,
000,000 bushels short in its estimate of
winter wheat and 50 per cent short in
its report on winter wheat production
in the state of Nebraska.
Director Anderson recalls during
the month of May when the effects of
drouth and high winds were at their
height from the Missouri river west to
North Platte and McCook. with win
ter wheat firing badly, Mr. Maupin
U. S. to Send Unarmed
Hospital Ship Across
Sea Without Convoy
Amsterdam, June 15. Referring
to the report that the American hos
pital ship Comfort is to be sent to
Europe without escort and that
Germany has been notified of this
by the American government, the
Lokal Anzeiger says:
"We humbly venture to ask the
question, What will the Comfort
carry, on her first voyage to Eu
rope, as she' will have no sick or
wounded aboard? We urea-fly feat
American flying men, and, perhaps,
a few dozen airplanes. After the
ample experience we have had in
the course of the war of hospital
ships bearing the sign of the Red
Cross, the- gentlemen of America
and their president will perhaps not
take it amiss if we ask this qeus
tion." The German government has been
notified that the Comfort will go
across unarmed and without convoy.
It will be the first American hos
pital ship to enter the war zone.
RAISE $1,500 FOR
The names of women volunteers,
preferably school teachers, for can
teen service in France, are desired by
the Dundee Women's Patriotic
league. The expense of sending the
successful candidate to France will
be borne by the Dundee women.
The money to pay this expense was
raised at the street carnival conducted
by the league the last week. More
than $1,500 was netted the league at
the close of the entertainment Satur
The women give credit for the large
profits to Billy Byrne, stage director;
Mogy Bernstein, auctioneer, and Al
Dresher. The total receipts of the
three days went well over the $2,000
mark, netting $1,500.
Irish Nationalists Decide
To Return to Parliament
Dublin, June 15. The members of
the Irish nationalist party have de
cided to return to parliament the week
gave the press a flattering report on
Nebraska crops, stating "the pros
pects were never better."
Mr. Anderson says: "Traveling 25,
000 miles annually within Nebraska,
making inquiries, inspecting fields,
studying weather conditions anl tab
ulating thousands of crop reports, may
not place one on a par with the able
Nebraska publicity agent, but the
judgment of 2,000 of Nebraska's best
farmers say he knows very little about
wheat. , '
"The government estimates are gen.
erally accurafe to within 1 per cent to
3 per cent, and this can 'be proved
beyond a doubt.
"An optimistic spirit may be desira
ble for a state publicity agent, but the
government prefers cold-blooded facts
and conservative estimates. Uncle
Sam does not like to promise the al
lies more wheat on June 1 than the
conditions on June 1 warrant.
"If the Nebraska publicity agent
could harness the energy of his irre
pressible optimism to a plow and
make it produce extra loaves of bread,
it would do more toward raising the
government estimate than unwise crit
icism and exaggerated crop guesses."
Holstein Twins, Being
"Bully" Fighters, Ready
. For Crack at William
"The Holstein twins" are neither
cows nor steers, but, it is said that
they are "bully" fighters.
They are Peter and William
Ruser, twin brothers, of Holstein,
la., who enlisted in the United
States navy at Sioux City, la., and
day came to Omaha for final examination.
Extension Necessary to Main
tain Calls at Present Rate;
'Army to Number 3,000,000
I by August 1.
I 'Washington, June 15. Three mil
I lion Americans will be under arms by
; next August 1, the senate military
! committee was told today by Provost
! Marshal General Crowdcr.
j Extension of the age limits in the
! army draft will be necessary, General
i Crowder said, if the present rate of
i draft calls is continued. He estimated
I that all the men in class 1 would be
! exhausted soon after next January 1.
! General Crowdcr said that 1,347.000
' of the 2,428,000 men placed Sn class
i 1, already have been called to the
colors. He estimated that iome 400,000
additional men for the first class will
be secured from the men who regis
tered last June 5 and that another
200,000 will be added by the reclassi
fication of men in the re-examination
of the questionnaires now being made.
Requisitions Reach 3,000,000.
Requisitions from the draft to com
plete the 3,000,000 total by August 1,
General Crowder said, have been
made. Of these 2,000,000 will be draft
registrants and the other volunteers
and national guardsmen.
"Everybody thinks there will be
heavy calls during the first six months
of 1919." was a. significant statement
made by General Crowder. General
Crowder approved the general princi
pies of the bill introduced by Senator
France of 'Marylandr extending the
registration ages to from 18 to 45
years, thereby providing additional
rhen for military and industrial serv
ice. He did not. however, approve the
age limits fixed in the bill.
After outlining the plans of the War
department for additional calls, Gen
eral Crowder said that at the present
rate class 1 will be exhausted by the
end of the present year and that un
less the age limit is extended and an
other registration held, it will be nec
essary early next year to call men in
class 2 and probably soon thereafter
in class 3.
Final figures of classification of the
first registration totalling 8,689,447
were given. The registrants were
shown to have been divided as fol
lows: Class 1. 2,428,729; class 2, 50?,666;
class 3, 427,870; class 4, 3,483,326; class
General Crowder submitted (figures
showing the progress of the draft this
year. A total of 1,347,512 men, all from
class 1. will have been called by the
end of July, divided by months as
January, 23,288; February, 83,779;
March, 132,484; April, 174,377; May,
360,230; June. 283,354; July. 290,000.
To Train in Schools.
A call for 13,630 draft registrants of
grammar school education and quali
fied for general military service was
made on the various states today by
Provost Marshal General Gfcowder.
The men, of whom 1,261 are to be
negroes, will be sent to schools and
colleges for training. '
The entrainment date was set for
July 1, but the call will be held open
for volunteers until June 21. If on
that date enough are not to be ob
tained boards are authorized to draft
the remainder needed.
ACE DOWNS 13
Paris. June 15. Sergt. David E.
Putnam of Brookline, Mass., is re
ported to have downed five Germans
on June 10. Three of Putnam's aerial
victories now are official and the
other two are under investigation.
This record, if the victories are offi
cially accredited, makes Putnam's to
tal 13, supplanting Frank Baylies of
New Bedford, Mass., as the American
ace of aces.
The feat accredited to Sergeant
Putnam is the most notable performed
by an American aviator and has prob
ably been eclipsed only once during
the war. The only other aviator get
ting a larg'er bag of enemy airplanes
in a single day is Lieut. Rene Fronck,
a French ace, who on May 9 brought
down six German machines.
First Lt. Frank E. Baylies is offi
cially credited with 12 enemy air
planes. Sergeant 'Putnam s a descendant of
Israel Putnam. On April 23 it was
announced that he had been awarded
the war cross by the French govern
ment. British Said Hans
London, June 15. A successful lo
cal operation was carried out last
night by British and Scottish bat
talions north of Bethune, on the
Flanders front and ,60 prisoners taken.
A IMA AbU MkI.A DaMA
Hiinuuiiueiiieiii ivmue in nuino
That Tremendous Onslaught
Starts From Mountains .
to the Sea.
(By Associated Press.)
Rome, June 15. The Aus
trians began a great offensive
at 7 o'clock this evening on the
front from the Asiago plateau
to the sea, a distance of nearly:
This announcement was made .
in the Chamber of Deputies by
Premier Orlando, who added:
"Our troops are everywhere
"Nearly the whole of our front is
engaged as the offensive extends ith
extreme violence from Astico to th
Brenta, from the Brenta to the Piava
and along the Piave everywhere in
volving the Astico plateau the Mount
Grappa sector and the plain."
Offensive Is Foiled. ' Z '
Premier Orlando declared thaf the
Austrians had failed to achieve even
the preliminary results which usually ,
followed a crushing offensive. . - ;
Describing the operations the pre'
mier said: ' .-: ;
"A very violent bombardment be
gan at 3 o'clock and at 7 o'clock art
infantry attack was launched along'
the whole line. The latest news which
has reached me summarizing the situ
ation at 1 o'clock is that our troops
have offered magnificent resistance.
A message sent from the front tc
the premier concludes as follows: ,
ii A ; -ii ?
( cuniparison oi an reports re
ceived shows that the offensive was
pressed only in the first zone of resist-;
ance, and not even at a few points has .
it obtained the effect which the enemy
must hav hoped for from his pow-
erful bombardment and-the w moMS
effectives launched an attack against
which oar troops resisted magnificent
ly." : . . . r:.' -v. ,
Vienna Reports Heavy Gunfire.
Vienna, Via London, June 15. Thep
dicated in the official communication
from Austrian headquarters, which
says: " - ' - v - : '
"Gunfire increased to great intens
ity on many sectors of the southwest
front early this morning, t -
"On the Albanian front new French
attacks whic were carried out yes
terday northwest of Sinaprente broke
Italians Prepared for Blow. .
The last great Austro-German of
fensive begun in October, 1917. rolled
back General Cadorna's line from the
Isonzo front and along the Venetian
plain. More than 1,000,000 enemy
troops participated in this operation
and it was not for many weeks that
the Italians were able to stav the ad-
vance. adoui tne middle oi iNOvem-t
ber the Piave battle began along ; a
Al . ?!. t .Y
90-mile front in northern Italy and
French and British troops were huN
ried to reinforce the shaken Italian
army, ihe crisis was passed about
December 1 and since that time there
has been heavy fighting, in which the
Italians and their allies carried out
many successful counter attacks. .
There have been insistent cries from
Germany for Austrian action along
the Italian front tq co-ordinate with,
the German offensive in the western
zone and for months oast the Italians
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nave Dccn preparing lor just sucn a,
blow as apparently is now being
struck. The Italian army has been
re-equipped and General Diaz has
succeeded General Cadorna as the
BOLSHEVIK FORCE :
ANNIHILATED BY 1
HUNS IN UKRAINE
Amsterdam, June 15. General Kno
erzer in a telegram to General Eich
horn, the German commander in the
Ukraine, reporM, according to a mes
sage from Kiev, that about 10.000 bol
shevik red guards, , commanded by
Czech officers, have been ' almost
wiped out by German troops to th
west of Taganrog, a Russian port on
the north shore of the sea of Azov.
The bolshevik troops, : it Js- an
nounced, coming from Leisk, landed
on the Ukraine coast of the sea of
Azov and were advancing toward
Ta frotll-rtrr , nrm than 9 000 AmA
shevik soldiers were counted and thig
did not include the . bodies of those
General "Knoerzeu claims the loss
of the Germans was slight. : J
Jeremiah Oleary Found; ; I
Fugitive on Chicken Ranch
: New York, June ' 15. Jeremiah A.
O'Leary, a fugitive from justice since
the eve of the date set for . his trial
on a charge of violating the espion
age act by publication of seditious1
matter in the anti-British periodical
Bull, and later indicted for conspiracy
to commit treason, has been arrested
at, Sara, Wash., and is on. his way
back to New York, in the custody
of federal agents, it was announced
here tonight. He was on a chic
ranch, r ' - , : .
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