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VOL. XLVIII, NO. 7,
OMAH.A, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUNE 26, 1918 12 PAGES
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AMERICAN TROOPS ;SUON I U rlGHI IN
CALLS REMAMDER OF CLA
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.UN JULY X4
Iowa Called -Upon to Furnish
17,849 Men, Nebraska 4,000;
f Senate Discusses Exten
sion of Draft Ages.
" By Associated Pi-ess. .
Washington, June E5. As a
v War department's plan to have
8,000,000 men under arms Au
gust I,-Provost Marshal Gen
eral Crowder tonight called on
the governors of all states ex
cept 'Arizona and Illinois for
the mobilization between July
22 and 25 of 220,000 white
draft registrants qualified for
: general military service.
This call is expected 'to exhaust the
nutnber of men in class one, and
'when added tQ. school requisitions of
23,436 men, brings the total calls so
' .far announced for July to 243,436. To
complete its program the department
will have to depend on the 400,000
class one registrants expected from
the June5 enrollment, and the 250,000
"br 300,000 to be obtained through the
reclassification now in progress.
Iowa Second in List.
--Iri' the call announced tonight New
York leads the list with ?2.24l'men".
Iowa is second, with 17,849, and
Ohio third with 12,200.
Some of the state quotas' and camp
assignments follow: '
Nebraska, 4,000, Camp Dodge, la. .
Iowa 5,292, Camp "Gordon Ga., 12,
- 557 Camp Pike: Ark. 1
-Kansas 3,700; Camp Funslon,
Kan.; 900, Fort Riley.. Kan. -Missouri
11,300; Camp- Funston.
North Dakota 3,100; Camp Custer,
SouthDakota 4,000; Camp Dodge.
Ia ' 'I " ' ' '
Wyoming 800; Fort Riley, Kan.
Age Limits Extension Discussed.
.Extension 'of the" draft ages above
nd below the existing limits 21 to
v,. 31 years--was discussed at length in
, "the: senate t6day. '
" During the discussion Senator Pall
revised his amendment which changed
the ages to 18 to 45, making the ages
20 to 40 and eliminating a -provision
that youths under 21 should not be
, called into active military service.
Disposal of-the amendment and a
substitute by Senator Hitchcock of
Nebraska went over until tomorrow,
with setiment apparently evenly divid
' ed. In the meantime some senators
regarded it as probable that some ex-
' pression might come from the admin
istration in view of a report that
President Wilson opposes any change
ior the present. ' .
- . V - Hitchock's Plan,
The Fall amendment was vigorously
' vs .upported by Senator Chamberlain of
Oregon, chairman of the military
committee, and Senator Cummins pi
; Iowa, Reed of Missouri and others.
' Opposition was voiced by Senators
Thomas of Colorado, McKellar of
Tennessee and Kirby of Arkansas,
democratic members of the military
' committee, while several otner, sen-
ators declared they favored raising
the maximum draft age, but. opposed
' lowering the minimum. '
, Senator Hitchcock's substitute
amendment fixes the age limits at 20
,''' I An ,ni-fllir inrl nrrtvides that
' rUt-rma nf teh allied countries resident
in tne 'unuea oiaics suon v. oujv.
to draft and that nationals of neutral
.. countries who chim exemption shall
be disbarred from American citizen
ship. - - v ' -
Draft Order Number ;
Drawing Takes Place
rThuhday at Capital
Washington, June 25, Drawing of
order numbers for the 800,000 men
who registered for military service
last June o will oe neia inursuay m
v iam rnmmittee room in the sen
ate, office buHding- in which the first
crniat national lottery was. held a
littU less than a' vear aeo. '
- Secretary Baker, blindfolded, will
draw the first number from the bowl
at 9:30 a. m. and the selection will
continueantil all the capsules . con
taining the master numbers nave Deen
removed. '? Last year 10,500 numbers
were 1ised and the drawinsr continued
for 17 hours. With amaximum of
1,200 men estimated from the district
showing the largest registration June
5, iUs expected that the second lot
tery wilt be completed within three
hours. ' '
Establishment of five classes for the
registrants, iixine relative liability for
service, will make 'Thursday's draw
ing of far less importance even to
the men directhr concerned than was
that of a vear ago. The order vk
which a registrant's number is drawn
Thursday will determine only his
olace in the class to which he. will
be assigned, whereas the first draw
ing was lo fix me registrant s . name
in tie order of his call for service.
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AIRMEN BOMB HOSPITAL
OF CANADIAN WOUNDED
Building Cut in Two By Bomb Becomes Flaming Tomb
For Doctors and Nurses Buried Under Debris; Res
cuers Carry Helpless Patients Through Win
y dows and Down Ladders to Safety.
By Associated Press.! '
Canadian Army Headquarters, in France, June 25. A
Canadian hospital on a site behind the British front occupied
for 18 months, was bombed by the German aviators last night
and several persons, including doctors, officers and patients,
were killed or seriously wounded. '
v The bombing of the Canadian hospital last night followed
the bombing of two other Canadian hospitals hear the coast.
The building on which bombs were dropped last night sheltered
thousands wounded during the fighting last March.
Canadian nurses, doctors', officers and patients were among
those killed or seriously wounded. A '
1 The rools were painted with great red crosses and the
buildings have never been used daring the war for military
purposes. , ,'-
Last nigh,t one three-story
loig caught fire after being cut in half by a bomb. The hospital
staff rescued helpless patients cut off by the; flames, carrying
l-hem through shattered windows and down ladders to safety.'
The first bomb went through two floors and into the,operating
room where the night staff was working on urgent cases that
had just arrived. The doctors and nurses were buried under the
debris and in a few minutes the whole operating section was a
flaming tomb. , J
Members of the personnel whose quarters were on the top
floor of the wrecked building had narrow escapes.
LLOYD GEORGE -
Increases War Difficulties, He
Tells Commons; German Plot
Declared Real Danger by
By Associated Press
London, Tune 25 Tn the house-of
commons today rremier L.ioya
George urged the need of settling the
Irish problem because it was increas
ing the difficulties not merely of the
British government, but the difficul
ties of the-United States government
in conducting the war."
Edward shortt, chief secretary lor
Ireland, soeakine in the house of
commons today on the Irish question,
said he hoped to satisfy the' house
that the Gennan'plot in Ireland was
real and imminent danger to, this
country. He said he was satisfied
that both the clergy and the nations
alists" had used their influence respec
tively to assist in keeping the peace.
secretary bhortt said the govern
ment had found that Germany was
in touch Svith Ireland and that not
only were messages going to Ireland
from German source but that they
were going from Irish sources to Ger-
Government Officials Disagree
By Associated Press,
Washington, Tune 25. National
prohibition as a war measure was at
tacked and defended by. government
officials today before the senate ag-!
ricultural committee which had re
opened hearings on the Jones pro
hibition amendment to the emergency
appropriations. The hearings were
concluded late today and Chairman
Gore announced that the committee
wouM meet Thursday to vote.
Chairman Hurley and Bainbridge
Colby of the shipping board, Post
master General Burleson and Sam
uel Gompers, president of the Ameri
can federation of Labor, imited in
Loppositioh because ot its cnect on
working men, while Secretary Dan
iels, E. C. Dinwiddie, representing
the Anti-Saloon League of America,
and a number of business men urged
its enactment. ,
In opposing the amendment, Chair
man Hurley declared this is no time
to conduct unnecessary experiments
for if the nation is to wrine victory
from the Htfns it will have to fight
hard and, with all its resources. He
said he believed more risk would be
involved in taking beer from the
American workntan than would-be in
the conscription of labor because it
would result ina "partial interference
with liberty without any increase of
control." . v
Postmaster General Burleson brand
ed nation-wide prohibition agitation
wjng which was about 200 yards
PLEDGE NEVILLE "
TO AID SOLDIERS
TO OBTAIN VOTE
Full Co-operatioiv to Facili
tate Taking Ballots of
. Nebraska Boys.
Washington Bureau of ,
The Omaha Bee,
1311 G Street.
Washington, ' June 23 (Special
Telegram.) Gov,. Neville today was
given every assurance of close co-operation
On the part of Secretaries
Baker and Daniels in his efforts to
have the soldiers and sailors from Ne
braska, -now overseas and with the
colors in continental United States,
cast their votes at the coming No
vember election and have the same
canvassed by the proper authorities.
Gov. Neville, who was enthusiastic
over the treatment accorded him by
the heads of the War and Navy de
partments, said that both officials
agreed that the-. soldiers and Isailors
votes should be taken, the only-thing
in the way being that many of the
soldiers might be engaged in military
duty of such a character that it would
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as War Measure
the work of faddists and said if such a
step is necessary for the winning of
the war, he would support it although
he would hesitate a long time if he
had any doubtS'On the subject. '
Samueruompers said organized la
bor is overwhelmingly opposed to
national prohibition and to propose
such a step at this time is only to
cause discord, lo pretend the Jones
amendment is being advocated on the
grounds hat it would conserve food
is hypocrisy, Mr. Gompers declared,
adding that "faddists"' are tak'.ng ad
vantage of the war to press the issue.
Organized labor, Mr. Gompers .de
clared, is willing to abide by the
judgment of President Wilson and
when he thinks the manufacture and
sale of intoxicants should cease, no
oonosition will come from labor.
Representing a committee of bank
ers from the larger cities, Percy Hv
Johnston, vice president oi tnsr cnem.
ical National bank, New York, insist
edthe Jones amendment would throw
thousands of banks, and business
houses into bankruptcy.
Supporting the amendment.' Secre
tary Daniels and others undertook-to
show that the taking away of alco
holic liquors from the working man
does not interfere with his labor, but
(-instead increases his efficiency. As
a result of hi famous drjr order
in the navy, Secretary Daniels said,
the morale of the men had been great
ly improved. r ;
West Indian Waters
Raider Sighted May Be
"Mother Ship of U-Boats
Norfolk, Va., June 25 Reports of
the presence of a fast and heavily
armed German raider in West In
dian waters were brought here to
day by masters of vessels arriving
from Central and South America.
The ship is said to be of the cruis
er type, with a rakish --build and
clean lines. 1 '
The fact that the raider made no
effort to attack at least two vessels
which sighted her led the captains
to believe that she is "mother
ship" for submarines which recently
were operating off the Atlantic
The raider was described by the
ship captains as about 270 feet long,
with a speed-of from 15 to 20 knots
an hour. Some of those who sight
ed the craft expressed the belief that
she was a former fruit steamer ply
ing between the United States and
Central America and had been cap
tured and armed by a submarine. In
their opinion the vessel was manned
by some of the 70 Odd men report
ed to have been in the crew of one
of the submersibles. . .
It also was said that both the
British and American' navies have
been notified of the presence of the
raider.' " "'
TO RENEW DRIVE
AT ANY MOMENT
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Germany Will Continue Offen
sive France Rather Than
Rush Reserves to' Italy,
Opinion at Washington.
By Associated Presi. ,
' Washington, June 25--News , from
Italy .today . while (confirming the
great victory won" by - theFlalians in
hurling the Austrians across.the PJave
in disorganized retreat threw little ad
ditional light upon' the extent. of the
disaster. ; r, ,,
On the' face, of the latest news from
the Italian front, it appeared to many
observers thev Austrian army, as an
offensive weapon, is not to be seri
ously considered for months. The
auat monarchy oy useir is Deueveu
here to be out of the fichUn for the
present summer. , , .
j As yet there is no. sign of a great
movement of German troops to the
Italian front." Unless such a move-
mcnt is undertaken immediately many
officers here are convinced that it will
mean that Germany intends to seek
to save the situation by attemntingat
ikonce to complete her offensive proj
ects in v ranee. -
Premier Lloyd Georges announce
ment yesterday that the world is on
the tt"oi great events was taken
in some quarters here to .mean that
he anticipated the delivery by the
ijermans ot their utmost enort in
France within a matter of days. It
is assumed that information has
reached London showina: that Ger
many Jias selected the alternative of
fiKhtine it out in r ranee rather than
forego the advantage of her offen
sive while she rushed 'reserves to
support Austria. .
There are many American Officers
whivdo not believe the internal situa
tion in Austria is as serious as reports
from adjacent countries indicate and
that Germany is confident its ally can
hold against the Italians long enough
to. permit it to concentrate all its
nowr for a final blow in France
These officers anticipate the opening
of a great drive on the western front
at anv moment. If itdoes not come,
they will regard it s admission by
the uerman high command that tne
whole Austrian military and govern
mental' fabric is tottering and must
fall unless German power is rushed to
In any event, keen satisfaction is
taken, here in the certainty that the
Germans are facingnew, and serious
problems as a result of the Italian
triumph on the Piave, while General
och is seeing hw forces increased
Former Czar Slain by .
Red Guards, Is Report
In Russian Newspaper
Copenhagen, June 25. Russian red
guards have broken intoihe residence
of Nicholas Romanoff, the former
Russian emperor, at Ekaterinburg and
murdered him. according: to the Rus
sian newspaper Vjia, says a Stockholm
dispatch to the-National Tidende.
Japan Awaits Support of U. S.
In Intervention in Siberia
' Tokio, June . 25. The newspapers
report that as ft result of the delibera
tions of the advisory board on diplo
matic affairs Japan has decided not to
comply with the request of the en
tente and to refrain from interven
tion in Siberia at present. . '
In diplomatic circles it is believed
that Japan, unless directly menaced,
will not act without the support of
tmr united states. i ...
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IDEA OF VICTORY FOR -ALLIES
BY GERMAN MINISTER
X ' .' ' S . V-
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Reichstag Assured by Von Kuehlmann Central Powers
Are Invincible; End of War Can Hardly Be Expected -Through
Military Decision Alone, He Admits;
Outlines Germany's Aims. . ;
- By Associated Press.
Synchronously with the defeat of the ustrians in Italy and
the spirit of unrest prevalent in the dual monarchy comes an
other acknowledgment from..Germany that that country is de
sirous of peace.
Through its foreign secretary, Dr. Richard von Kuehlmann,
the government has made the admission that the end of the war
could hardly be expected through purely military-4clsions
alone and without recourse to diplomatic negotiation and that it
was hoped Germany's enemiesjwould realize that in view of the
resources of the Teutonic allies, victory for the entente was a
dream. ,. ' 4
The' foreign secretary was silent with regard to the future
status of Belgium, but asserted that the -fundamental views" of
the imperial government differed from those ascribed to it by
British statesmen. The aims of Germany and her allies, he said,
included a free, strong ' and ( independent existence "within
boundaries drawn for us by history,", overseas possessions cor
respbnding with their greatness and wealth and freedom of the
seasto'commereei ' '
In response to a recent speech by Mr. Asquith,.the former
British premier, in which he Baid that Great Britainwould not
turn a deaf ear to a peace proposal not couched in ambiguous
terms, Dr. von Kuehlmann declared that Germany could make
a like declaration,' "knowing it also to be our policy,"-. " fr-
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Thirty Blocks "of Buildings
turned;, Property Loss Ex
ceeds $1,500,000; 1,500
Made Homeless J '
By Associated Press.
" Cleelum, Wash., June 25 The com
bined efforts of the Cleelum and El
lensburg fire departments were still
unequal tonight to the task of "check;
ing a fire which late today swept the
heart of the business district and 16
blocks of residences. Authorities esti
mate that 1,500 persons are .homeless
and place the property loss at, more
All coal mines in the vicinity su
spended operations and crowds of
miners, experienced in thq use of ex
plosives, went from house to house,
blowing theln up in an effort to check
the flames. " . '
The patll of the fire is fan-shaped.
Beginning with a. block in the busi
ness district, it has', widened out. to
more thin four' blocks through the
remainder of the district arid . the
residence section as well. Thirty
blocks of buildings, including the
principal business structures, have
Deen destroyed. .ts
Proseeutincr Attorney McGuire and i
Chief of Police Bunker have appealed
to Governor, Lister for authority to
call out the home' guard company at
Neble to Leave Beard.
Sophus Neble announced last night
that he will resigir from the Board of
Public Welfare. John A. Rine has
resigned and JackWalters will not
be reappointed by the mayor, who an
nounced that he would appoint sev
eral women to places on the board.
EXEMPTION BOARDS ARE BUSY
Many Resign "PositiWV to Seek '
"Jobs" Under Head of Essential Labor.
DEFINING "W. OR.F." ORDER
The busiest information bureaus in
Omaha are the exemption boards,
where long lines of men are always
waiting to ask questions from the men
who are selecting our army.
" The following questions were fired
at Henry Meyers, chairman of the
Third exemption district, in less than
10 'minutes Tuesday afternoon:
"Can't I go to my own personal doc
tor, for, examination? I dislike to go
upstairs with the proletariat.
"I'm 17 years old and haven t refis
tercd yet. Where should I go?"
'I keep fast horses. If I selUhera
before July 1 will Ifbc kept m de
ferred classification?" .
Tm a cook, but I work for rich
people. Will I have to go July 1?
-"I work for a tent and awning com-
ONE OF SCIENCE
OVER BLIND VALOR
Defenders Outnumbered Vast
ly, Jheir Fire Always AccuV
rate , and "Quick"; Invaders '
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By Associated Press. '
Italian Army Headquarters in
Northern Italy, June 25. Italy's vic
tory has been one of scieitce over
blind courage. The Italian from "the
slart had more artillery against them,
but their fire was always accurate and
quick, while the . Austrian fire was
diffused. The Italian infantry at' all
times were opposed by five times
their number, yet the Austrian troops
were driven back notwithstanding
their splendid Courage, -which the
Italian commander-in-chief. General
Diaz, has called "unfortunate valor ?
t The secret of fhe Italian victory
seems to lie in immediate counter at
tacks which were carried , on wher
ever the enemy showed himself, local
counter, attacks being followed up by
counter offensives all along the line.
Thus the enemy was never given
any rest and never allowed to replen
ish his supply of troops. V
The ceneral feeline at lieauquar-
ers is that although the victory has
been great, there are yet harder days
ahead of the defending forces,
s "If we only haoNAmerican ..troops
with us now, weXwould do still better
work," was the remark heard by the
correspondent on all sides.
Texas Bedomes Bone Dry.
, Austin. Tex., June 25.-Texas be
came a "bone dry" state' at midnight
when approximately 750 saloons
closed under a state-wide prohibi
pany and they can't win the war with
out our products. Will the 'work or
fight' ruling change my classification?"
"What kind of a commission can I
get? I'm awfully good at arithmetic."
"Can't I get my army clothes be
fore I leave Omaha? I've got a friend
who wants to buy my civilian suit
from me." .
Many men engaged in non-productive
work are worried about the new
"work" or fight" ruling and all of the
exemption boards have had scores of
registrants asking how the new law
will affect them. Many 6f them have
already given up their former "posi
tions" for ' jobs which require more
work and are mote likely to meet with
the approval of the, exemption board
members ' w
n iivii uuli
Flood Prevents Quick Pursuit "
and Crushing- of Invading
Force; Enemy . Rushing
. 'Reserves From JEast.
( By Associated Press.
Rome, June 25. American
troops will be in Italy, probab- . 1
ly -early in July according to
notification given to the Italian
authorities by State Senator
Cotillo of New York, who was
here on an official mission.
The announcement of direct
participation of American units
alongside the forces now fight-
ing fa Italy has produced an ., '
encouraging effect. :
' The Italians have cleared
the remaining Austrian rear'
guards from the west bank of
the Piave river and are in pos
session of the entire river front
from the Montello plateau to
the sea. " At last accounts their i
forces, which crossed 7 the
stream in pursuit of the re-,
treating ' Austrians, were ' still
harassing them, and inflicting
heavy , casualties and forcing
the enemy to continue: his dis-
orderly retreat. ; ;-v ,
, Fate has turned somewhat its bal
ance in favor of jthe Austrians, for
the, Piave river again has risejh and .
some of the- pontoon bridges the Ital
ians had thrown across the Stream
have been carried away! making in,
possibles a", fck 'pursuit'; and ' the
crushing ottht Atistrians. which, fJea"J
i cral Diar " iiad counted upon. - Th.
Austrians are' declared to be rushing
up reserves from the east. "
i jkustria Adtnits Keverse , e J .7
The Austrian' war. office idmits a -reverse
along the Piave, but ft
nounces 5 that the ' retrograde move-
ment has been' carricd out in accord- ...
ancc with plans and without loss of -material.
It has added that the Aus
trians have taken Tniore than 5,0,000
prisoners from the Italians sirrce June
15 and that the aggregate loss of the, i
Italians in the fighting at the lowest
estimate, is 150,000 men,. " A ' '
Holding the, upper hand 'along the 1
borders of the Venetian plain, the '
Italians have turned orf the offensive
aRainst the enemy in the mountain
region and are attacking on various- : (
nctiuo. iviavti gams ui iivunu iivv
been made and in addition to heavy
casualties inflicted on tNf enemy a
large number of Austrians have been,
made prisoner and 16 machine, kuiist r
hve been captured, according to.
Kome.J, ihe Austrian war on ice, how
ever, Bsscrts that all attacks m this'T
region have been repulsed. v , .
On the front in France and Belgium
bombarding and raiding operations.
the latter in considerable strength.
continue. The French near ,Leport,
north of the Alsne, have repulsed a'.
German attack, but on several other. .'
sectors, notably in the'Woevre and in
Lorraine, themselves have carried out.'
successful raids and taken prisoners.;
The Canadians near Arras have been .
successful ' in an enterprise which 0
netted them 22 prisoners and six ma-! ,
chine guns. The Germans are bom- ,
barding the . British front east of ' '
Amiens. -' . -'
May Increase Wages of y
Street Railway Workers
Washington, June 125. The; jia-'
tional labor war board will increase,
wages of street railroad employes if
it finds increases necessary without
regard to the financial condition of the
companies' ' operating lnes. ' Joint
Chairmen Taft and Walsh so .'an
nounced today at the conclusion of a
preliminary hearing of employers and
' At the same time the chairmen in
dicated their purpose to recommend
increases of' rates for companies and
asked that attorneys for the com- y
panies and forthe employes bring in
for consideration tomorrow st, report
on whether federal authorities could'
order such increases. ' '
Employes of the Omalia & Council '
Bluffs Street Railway company have
asked that a federal, mediator be sent .
to Omaha to adjust their differences
with the company. They are asking
for better working, conditions. ' 1
The street' railway company has ..
asked the street railway commission :
to give it permissiott to, raise fares to
6 cents. ...
The action of the national labor
war board is being watched with in-'
terest by both the company 'and its
employers here. ' ; '".
General Diaz Promoted ; V ;1
As Reward for Succesi ;
Italian Army Headquarters June 25, ; .
As a reward for .his operation&v
against the Austrians, , King Victor :
Emmanuel has advanced General Diaz ' ,
90 numbers on the active List of the -Italian
army. "This' places General
Diaz as Italy's fifth ranking general .
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