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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1918.
MAYOR SCORNS
LEGAL HELP lil
GAS APPRAISAL
Establishes New Precedent by
s: Proceeding Without Assist
ance of Corporation
Counsel.
Mayor Smith is proceeding with
the appraisal of the Omaha Gas com
pany's plant without assitance or co-operation
of the corporation counsel,
P il . 1. J t J L-'
' ana in mis meinou 01 proccuure ne is
establishing a jiew precedent in muni
Icipal affairs. '
jj Corporation Coutuel. Lambert lias
fnot beea consulted on the steps thus
tor taken, although he has been giv
ing the gas question years of study
for the city.
R. E. McDonnell of Burns Si Mc
Donnell, Kansas City, appeared be
fore thf eitv council last week and
spent several hours in the mayor's
office, but the corporation counsel
.was not called in for consultation.
The mayor presented to the city
council on Tuesday night for approval
a contract prepared in his office be
, tween the city and Burns & Mc-
.DonnelL
Legal Aid Ignored.
' The contract which the council ap-
" proved was not submitted to the cor
poration counsel to determine whether
the city's interests were fully pro
tected. During the former gas ap
praisal by the late W. D. Marks seven
years ago there was close co-opera
tion between the appraisers and the
city legal department. In the con
tract which the mayor has entered
into with the Kansas City experts no
'provision was made for a working
arrangement with the city legal de-
tensely interested in the municipal
partmeot . '
- The mayor hn stated that he is in
acquirement of the gas plant and, be
: ing a lawyer, it has been stated that
he feels competent to boss this job
without a corooration counsel.
; The contract prepared by the mayor
' does not provide for specific methods
of valuation in order that the city
may be prepared to combat any line
of defense which may arise. On this
, subject the contract readsi "Upon
f completion of the inventory and the
collection j of all data pertaining (to
the property, the said enginters will
make an. appraisal showing the cost
of reproduction ' of the entire prop
erty, together with the depreciation
of tha property inventoried.
Lambert Slighted. ' '
Corporation Counsel Lambert
makes no criticism of the action of
the mayor. .He made the following
statement In response to inquiries:
(. i "I was surprised that the mayor
4hould not have consulted me on this
matter with which I am familiar after
giving the city years of service on
, public utility matters. In the con-
tract wnicn nas Deen eniercu into
r between Burns & McDonnell no
provision was made that they shall
co-operate with this department and
v the tact that I was not even called in.
to meet Mr. McDonnell last week,
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- v pr, mkcq a see or. approve. tnc can
tact wiflrnnj1 firm, was a slight; al-
though I da'' not believe "the mayor
Intended it as such."
Mr. ; Lambert added " that the con
, tract M entered into 'would nor have
- been approved in its present form
because the city is not fully protected.
A few weeks ago the mayor stated
the Corporation. Counsel Lambert
would be retained until such time at
least as pending public utility matters
bad been disposed of.
See Lovell's insurance talk ' on
; cheap (?) auto insurange on page 12.
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Horse Sense Economy
MOTORISTS who carefully select an
expensive tire and then "economize"
on tubes are "saving at the spigot and
wasting at the bung-hole."
When an "inexpensive," leaky tube ruins
a $20 or $30 casing, it becomes an extrav
agance. Diamond Tubes, made In either Gray or
' Red rubber, are "horse-sense" economy. We
could have made them cheaper and sold
them more readily years ago. But now we
have the permanent business of thousands
of motorists who, after costly experiment
"with others, insist upon Diamond Tubes.
. . A Diamond Tube in a Diamond
Casing makes the Ideal equipment
Xftc diamond Rubber Ca
, AKRON. OHIO
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Why We Willingly Shed
Blood for At lerican Ideals
Red-blooded, because we willingly give the
blood of self or sons to be shed for our ideals; true
. blue, standing for America first, last and always;
fired by the pure, white light of patriotism.
Thus we live up to the colors in the banner of free
dom. We are true Americans. What does it
mean to be a true American? What are the priv
ileges and duties involved?
For the best answer to the question, "What is True American
ism?" The Omaha Bee is offering 12 prizes. For the best answer the
pruc vvill be $5. and for the next 11 test, each a good book.
Observe these rules:
1. Subject. "True Americanism and What It Meanso Be an
American."
2. Limit answers to 300 words or less.
3. Contest open to all, but ages of competitors will be taken into
consideration, so state your age if you are under 21.
4. Every answer must be signed with full name and address.
5. Address, Americanism Contest, The Omaha Bee, so as to reach
this oflke on or before June 30.
The judges will be announced later.
Cheek Pushes Petitions
For Single Tax on Autos
W. B. Cheek, president of the
Omaha Automobile club, is pushing,
a drive for signatures to a petition
for a constitutional amendment pro
viding for a single tax on automo
biles. So far 2,000 signatures have
been secured in Douglas county,
where 8,000 are required, and the
time for getting them expires Satur
day. The petition is generally cir
culated throughout the state and will
require 50,000 signatures to become
operative.
The amendment asked for will, if
adopted, exempt all self-propelled ve
hicles from ordinary taxes and license
fees, but makes them liable for a spe
cial tax, to be levied as the legisla
ture may direct, all proceeds of which
will go into the road fund.
Shoots Off Finger While
Cleaning Old Revolver
Mrs. Maude Hardman, 2818 R street.
South ,Side. accidentally shot off the
forefinger of her right hand Tues
day morning when she was c' ming
an old pistol which had been around
the house for some time a.u' which
she did not know was loaded. Chil
dren in the neighborhood have been
using the weapon as a plaything.
Mrs. Hardman's finger was so badlv
shot that it was necessary to amputate
it.
City Clerk Reads Name of
Stecher; Council Sits Up
City Clerk Hunter aroused the in
terest of the city council when he
read the . name of "Joe Stecher" in a.
list of city engineering department
appointments. The name in fact was
"Joe Steiger," but the mispronuncia
tion caused a ripple of laughter to en
liven the proceedings.
Police Driver
to Lure of
v "Back, to the army again, sergeant,
back to the army again."
Quoting Rudyard Kipling's Barrack?
Room Ballad about the British Tommy
who couldn't resist the lure of the
service, "Joe" Baughman, Spanish war
veteran and chauffeur in the police de
partment, walked into thermy re
cruiting office at Fifteenth and Dodge
streets and enjisted.
"I've held out as long as I could,"
explained Baughman. "I always knew
fmmmmmam
r; . ; locol Distributos
LININGER IMPLEMENT COMPANY
OMAHA TIRE REPAIR COMPANY
Body of Veteran Street Car
Man is Taken to Wisconsin
Captain E. Newhouse of the Omaha
fire department has gone to Chelsea,
Wis., to accompany the body of Ole
Jepsen, a conductor on the- Farnam
street car line for many years and
with the street railway company for
more than 20 years.
Ole Jepsen died Tuesday at the
home of C. L. Chester, 234 South
Tenth street, after an illness of one
day. He was 62 years old. He was
born in Denmark and came to this1
country when a young man. He leaves
a nephew at Camp Dodge, a niece at
St. Louis and sisters, nieces and
nephews in Denmark. He is also sur
vived by a sister at Chelsea, Wis.,
where his body is sent for burial. He
was a member of the order of Odd
Fellows.
Two Omaha Men Reach
France at the Same Time
Cards have been received by Mrs.
F. S. Spence and Mrs. L. R.
Carrico of the Co-operative Ref
erence company, saying that their
husbands have arrived safely across
the water. Mr. Spene, manager of
the Co-operative Reference company,
and Mr. Carrico, who was employed
by the Merritt Drug company, left
for Funston September 19. They are
both members of the 13th infantry
corps.
Papillion Man Draws
Double Dose of Fines
Harry Hunter, Papillion, Neb., was
fined $10 and costs on a charge of
drunkenness. He was also fined $5
and costs on a charge of breaking a
whisky bottle on the street, Wednes
day morning in police court. Hunter
and three friends were arested while
taking a joy ride in his automobile
late Tuesday night.
Succumbs
Army Service
I'd have to corrte back some day, and
here 1 amj" ' "
Baughman has driven the police au
tomobile so long on the South Side
and downtown that he has become a
familiar figure about the streets of
the city. He passed his examination
with flying colors and has been as
signed to recruiting service in Omaha
He is 37 and has three children.
Baughman saw two and one-half
years' service in the Philippines dur
ing the Spanish war. He was a mem
ber of the Sixth United States infan
try. J
TUBES
GIRL ELEVATOR
OPERATORS GO
OUT m STRIKE
Four Women in First National
Walk Out When Demand
for Increased Wages is
Refused.
Four women elevator operators in
the First National bank building went
out on strike Wednesday morning.
The girb, it is reported, demanded
increased wages, and when these were
refused walked out. They had been
receiving $50 a month, it is said, and
they wanted $60.
The strike of the four girls threw
elevator service in the building i to
a chaos and janitors and other em
ployes were pressed into emergency
service in order to carry passengers
to the upper floors of the 14-story
structure.
The strike is confined to the First
National building at present, but it is
rumored girl opeators in other build
ings are threatening to walk out.
In the Silent Drama
Emprmn For the last half of the week
the Empre is offerlnt their patrona a treat
In vaudeville and photoplaya. Headllnlnj
the new bill whlih atarts today Is "The
Campflre Girls." a miniature musical comedy
with two younir chaps and seven (Iris, who
slna- and flapce rnont entertainingly. Senna and
Webber, In thflr offering as comedy character
delineators of singing, talking and music,
promise soma ral entertainment. Arthur
Davis, "The Wan on tha Wire," presents
a combination of Juggling and alack wire
tumbling, and Fred Lawls, with hla nifty
nutty nonsense complete the program. Head
ing the phoplay program la a Metro photo
play, featuring Francla X. Bushman and
Beverly Bayne In "Cyclone Hlgglna, D. V."
In this picture Francis Bushman playa the
part of a preacher of a rural community,
frankly a "character" part. "Cyclone"
Hlgglns wins his name by bis whllwlnd
methods In a fight.
Htrand The power of fear to dwarf am
bition and kill the hopes and Uvea of
those In Us grasp Is vividly portrayed by
Dorothy Dalton In her new play, "Tyrant
Fear," appearing here. Thrown Into the
midst of life In a gambling den. she re
atsts the advances of tha dive-keeper, final
ly shooting him In a struggle. She la be.
friended by the pianist, a gentleman of
better times, who ha been besotted by
drink and they flee together. Tha de
velopment of character as depicted on the
screen by tha star shows tha affect of fear
and the growth of a strong character out of
It Into Independence and even bringing the
life of Dane, the pianist, up to a higher
level, where he Is able to resist temptation
ana Decerns a man again.
Jtlalto Sessue Hayakawa, In a play ef
japan, "me Bravest Way," will appear here
today and the remainder of the week. The
theme of ths drama la built on the Japanese
custom or me nearest relative of a deceased
husband being forced to marry the widow.
tiayakawa portrays the part of a young
Japanese in love wun a girl half Ameri
can and being forced to marry another s-lrl.
Only the death of his wife later brings him
ana tns oDject or his love together, and
all ends happily. The dramatic work of the
atar and his two leading women bring; out
tne nest in the three climaxes of the play.
me wnoie oeing an interesting lov drama.
flun Clara Williams. In "Carmen of the
Kiondyke." portrays the life of a girt rho,
deserting the vaudeville stage, roes to
Aiasva to marry tne mart she loves. On
arriving there she Is made to believe by
"Silk" McDonald, the proprietor of a dace
hall, whom she had repulsed on the trip on
the boat.; that her lover has been untrue to
her. Olvlng up all that Is In life she sinks
to the lowest depth and becomes the favor
ite of the dance hall of the north. Mean
while her lover Is In the midst of life
and death struggle with MoDonald and hla
followers in a battle over gold claims, and
In one of the thrilling; climaxes of the
play he and McDonald fight a finish bat
tle In the middle of a knee-deep muddy
street In Skawag. Sodden with mud the
two men fight before miners and dance
hall girls, clothes torn off, unrecognis
able for mud. Near the end of the fight
comes a startling ana unexepectea end to
the fight and the story and the actress find
her lover as a finale to the play.
Muse Norma Talmadge return to the
Muse today In "By Right of Purchase."
Owing to the popular call for this produc
tion the management decided to repeat this
picture for one day only. How husband
and wife go their separate ways to serve
France In the war. bow they are both re
claimed and finally reunited combine to
make a masterful photoplay of metropolitan
society life.
Apollo Charles Kay, in "Ths Family
Skeleton," has a delightful part in depicting
the imaginary trait of heredity which it
Is thought a young millionaire must have.
The thought that he is expected to become
a drunkard leads htm Into a life of the
lowest dives and barrooms and only the
efforts of a vaudeville actress In deceiving
him into thinking that he is protecting her
from the results of ths persecutions of the
gana; that banc around one of ths dives
brings out the real manhood In him. One
of his well known rough and tumble fights
wherein he gives an ex-prlse fighter the
beating of hla career is one of the Interest
ing features of the play. Ray's work in the
characterisation Is very good and the play
Is full of action and the troubles of the
young son of the rich bring many a smile
to the audience. "The Family Skeleton"
will be shown today and tomorrow.
Lothrop In "An Alien Enemy." with
Louise Glaum in the leading role, there has
been produced a photoplay of dramatlo
situations and thrilling climaxes, written
around the subject of the foreign element
In our population. The theme Is a stirring
one and has been well developed by Miss
Olaum and her supporting company, while
through all runa a strong love story. On
Friday and Saturday will be seen Norma
Talmadge In "Ghosts of Yesterday."
Ideal "Tarxan of the Apes." one of the
feature films of this year, will be shown
here today and tomorrow with a special
matinee for children on Friday. The play
tells of the ion of a peer of England, left
stranded as a baby, the sole survivor of a
steamer wrecked on the African coast He
Is adopted by a mother ape and becomes
as one of the tribe in his agility In rac
ing across tree tops. His superior brain
power assarts itself in the years as he gains
strength, and Instead of the weakling of the
tribe he becomes the leader and meets in
contest many of the fiercer animals of the
jungle.
Alhambra William Desmond, appearing
ni the comedy drama. "Old Hartwell's
Cub," will be the feature today, a play in
which the young man finally proves him
self a chip of the old block. Irene Castle,
In "The H merest Mystery," a tense de
tective story, will be seen Friday and on
Saturday comes Gladys Brockwell In "Her
One Mistake." a dramatlo photoplay of right
and morals, depicting the troubles that can
occur from one error In the life of a wo
man. Rohirf Margarita Fisher, in "The Prim-"'
ltlve Woman," has taken the part of a
woman who has tired of the methods of
life in society and going onto a mountain
(o live in a hut alone, there finds happiness
in finding that there ia such a thing aa a
real man left In ths world. The etory of
their love la unique and makes an interest
ing plot. On -Friday will fee seen Bryant
Washburn In "Kidder and Ko," a comedy
drama with plenty of action and humor, and
on Saturday will come Peggy Hyland in
"Peg of the Pirates," a real drama of the
movies, with thrills in every reel.
Grand Kthel Clayton, appearing In "The
Journey's nd," will be the feature for to.
day, in a tense photodrama with a high
character of acting and a most excellent
production of scenes. On Fridsy will be seen
Olive Tell in "Her Sister," depicting the
dual character rule of two sisters, who ap
pear to be alike, but whose characters are
the opposite of good and evil. There will
also he shown on this day a Mutt and Jeff
comedy. The final play of the week, Sat
urday, WHT " be " Mary Pickford, in the
patriotic production, "Ths Little American."
Yankee Flier Lights
In Switzerland; Where
Am 1? First Question
Berne, June 26. Lieutenant Ashen
den of Chicago, attached to a French
flying squadron, who recently landed
near Solothurn, arrived here last
night. He was elated that he landed
in Switzerland instead of Germany.
The first question he asked when he
landed was "Switzerland?" A bicycl
ist who happened to be passing an
swered "yes.
Omaha Exemption Boards
Mail Out Questionnaires
Nearly 1,500 Omaha boys who reg
istered June 5 will learn Thursday
their fate in the great national lot
tery which will decide the order in
which they will be called for service.
At 9:30 Secretary Baker, blind
folded, will draw the first number
from the bowl and the selection will
continue until all of the master num
bers will be drawn.
Most of the new registrants will be
placed in Class 1. Practically all
of them are physically fit and only a
few are married.
Omaha exemption boards are al
ready mailing out questionnaires to
the new registrants. Local board No.
3 is mailing out 60 questionnaires a
day. These are to be filled out and
returned to the board within five
days.
Conscience-Stricken Man
Sends Government Check
Washington, June 26. A letter
from a New .York clergyman to Sec
retary McAdoo enclosed a check for
$8,500 for the treasury conscience
fund from an unnamed man who told
the clergyman he owed that amount
to the government.
ray
Benson & rtorttg
fe Shm of Individual cShopb"
A Timely Thursday Special
MIDDIES
Sizes 4 to 22
Previously Priced up to $2.95
Af IDDIES, the indispensable summer garment, ppcciallv
ITA priced for Thursday only.
A splendid assortment to choose from, including colored
middies in rose, green and blue, trimmed in white braid, also
all white middies and white with colored collars. Unusual
values, every one. :
TWO DRESS SPECIALS
Girls' Play Dresses
Two Big Groups-Thursday
$1.25 and $1.75
TDEAL for play and
" hams also flowered
pocket ideas. Sizes 8 to 14 years.
Girls' Mid-Summer Hats -
$2.95 and $3.95
TfOU the girls 8 to 14 years. Light summery midsummer hats of pan
x ama and milan with decidedly different yarn and ribbon trimmings,
PHOTOPLAm
Today Friday Saturday
Presents H:; & 4l . . .
' V.
Today Only
By Popular Demand
NORMA TALMADGE
"-in
"By Right of Purchase"
I ATUDAD 24th and
Lothrop
LOUISE GLAUM in
'AN ALIEN ENEMY"
WMSNS
MRS. W. C. STORY
ACCUSED OF WAR
CHARITY GRAFT
Former Head of 6. A. R. and
Two Sons Indicted at New
York for Alleged
Profiteering.
By Associated Press.
New York, June 26. Mrs. William
Cumming Story, former president-
general of the Daughters of the
American Kevoiution, was arrested
here late today on indictments
charging her with grand larceny, petit
larceny and conspiracy in connection
with the affairs of the National Emer
gency Relief society, of which she is
president.
Mrs. Storey was paroled in the cus
tody of her counsel until tomorrow
afternoon, when she will be arraigned
and bail will be fixed.
Sons Also Indicted.
Indicted with Mrs. Story were her
sons, Allen, an army lieutenant sta
tioned at Aberdeen, Md., and Sterling,
who is now in the government service
at Washington. They are charged with
having participated with their mother
in a profiteering scheme, whereby
money contributed for comfort kits
for United States soldiers was di
verted to the pockets of a solicitor.
The indictments charge that Mrs.
Story arranged with William Garland
Brown, the solicitor, for him to re
ceive half the funds collected by the
socjety and that he gave Sterling
Story one-fifth of his 50 per cent. This
$1.50
outing wear. Plaid, checked and striped 'die--' I
lawns. Girlish. KWf-y1cf0ri ?-i &
PHOTOPLAYS.
"The FIREFLY
of FRANCE"
Clara Williams
IN-
"Carmen of the
Klondike"
When Buying Advertised Goods'
Say You Read of Them in The Bee
second division, it is alleged, compen
sated Sterling for his part in negotiat
ing Brown's arrangement with his
mother.
Mrs. Story, the authorities declare
never was actually elected president
of the relief society, but took that of
fice arbitrarily. As a matter of fact
they say, the manner in which the so
ciety itself was incorporated was
""grossly irregular." '
Several prominent members , have
withdrawn and insisted that' their
names be no longer used on its sta
tionery, it is said. Among them are
Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske and
Mrs. Simon Baruch, wife of a wealthy
New York physician.
Mrs. Story subjected herself tc
prosecution, it was declared, because
she falsely represented that her. -society
paid to commissions to: solid
tors and thus obtained a small part ol
the proceeds from the Hero Land
I ...u- l. ' ' -
u4i, in which many accrcaiicq wr
relief organizations participated:
Denies All Charges.
Through her counsel tonight: Mrs.
Story termed the charges , made
against her and her eons the result oi
"a disgruntlement on the part-of Iht
treasurer ot the society (Mr; s A. T.
Baldwin), who was removed frontof
fice by vote of the organfeatiori.''
Forest Rangers Hunt "'!,
Bear C.nhs Tn Siinnlv
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Army With Mascots
Livingston, Mont., June 26. In re
sponse to appeals received from men
of various units of the army through
out the west United States ' fore's!
rangers under the local office havf,
been requested to secufe: cub bears
for use as company mascots. There
is considerable rivalry among rang
ers to see who will be the first' '
conscript a young bear.
TAMPlie nivi
Miniature Musical Comedy vC:
Big Girl Act . ' '
SENNA A WEBBER , w
Cemedy Character Delineate ;
FRED LEWIS " fL'
Nifty. Nutty Nonaenw ' "
ARTHUR riAVinV
"The Man on the Wire"
MUTT &
JEFF
Cartoon
FRANCIS X. ? -i
BUSHMAN
in
"Cyclone
Higgin."
Manawa Park
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