Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, June 27, 1918, Page 4, Image 4
1 x 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, i." .---.- j .i- - 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. 1 I 1,1 5K2 . Mfi W Vfcl j .. ' . .. . Ul lllMIIllItlllllllllllllillll I II I I I IIIMMI IIIIUIU 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 1 1 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 - rr ; 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 DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS n ' HIS PICTURE IN THE PAPER Free Movie Tonight AMUSEMENTS..' ' , I NEW SHOW TODAY t.'