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VOL.48-N0.3. SffCtS? ZfifuSft u& OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 30, 1918
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TEN TO 20
Fire in Ruins Follows Collapse
of Ruff Building in Sioux
City When Undergoing
By Associated Press.
Sioux City, la., June 29.
The toll of dead in the Ruff
building, a three-story brick
structure at Fourth and Doug
las streets, which collapsed at
1:3,0 p. m. today and was
' burned, was estimated tonight
at 10 to 20, with a score more
injured. Most of the -injured
are not seriously hurt. The fi
nancial loss is placed at $100,
' 000. .
- The Ruff building was being
remodeled and the collapse is
; believed to have been due to
removal of old supports. The
structure was erected nearly 50
years ago and was one of the
oldest buildings in the city.
The known dead are
. Louis Soiseth, Sioux City..
Walter Nelson, Sioux City.
Roy Ostranger, Sioux City.
Louis Schuler, Lemars, la.
Charles Kugel, Sioux City.
Otis Boruff, critically hurt, was dug
out at 10 o'clock tonight..
Alfred Hanson, one of the owners of
the Ruff Drug company.
Frank Harp, market nun. :
Five tailors employed on the third
- floor of the Ruff building are believed
to be buried in the basement. They
are: Herman Feddern, Olof Roissum,
John Stutz,- John Louma and Olof
. Two other tailors, Louis Fretheim
- and Nels Vindine, escaped. They fell
clear of the ruins when the building
toppled over. ''.-' '
When the Ruff vbuilding-tllapsed
t the east wall fell on the' Chaitf gro
cery and Beaumont and Braunger
meat; markets, two -stories, crushingJ
i both.'' as if they weri eggshells-A
: -number of persons are believed to be
buried in the rums of these buildings.
'- Fire, which broke out in the ruins
of the Ruff building, added to the
- perils of .those imprisoned. All- the
lire departments in the city, assisted
by hundreds of volunteers, aided in
fighting the flames and in searching
the rums. .
Has Miraculous Escape,
v The escape of Oscar Ruff, one of the
proprietors of the store, from death
bordered on the miraculous. After
' being imprisoned under a ton of de
'. bris for over eight hours he was
- dug out by rescuers at 9 o'clock to
night, ; practically unhurt. He was
' taken, to his home and declared that
after he had had a. bath he would re
' turn and aid the rescuers. Fire,
water and burning chemicals added
to the perils of the tons of debris
, which threatened for hours to crush
out Ruff's life.
- R. F. Kugel, an employe of the Ruff
Drug company, who was in the build-
, 'ing when it collapsed, was able to
; reach safety. His father, Charles Ku
gel, and brother, Merle Kugel, were
caught in the ruins. Charle? Kugel, a
carpenter, was taken out dead. Merle
Kugef, a clerk in the store, is still in
the rums. Hans Aspner, a bookkeeper,
- was rescued after being pinned in the
, ruins for hoursNHe was not seriously
Telephones for Assistance.
Frank Harp, one of the owners of
' ;he Beaumont & Braunger market, is
believed to have been burned todeath
-i in the office of th market.
' , Soon after theVH accident occurred,
the telephone in another Beaumont &
, Braunger store at Sixth street rang.
.' "For God's sake come and help me
get out," a voice shouted indistinctly
, over the wire.
F, Ricketer, an employe of the mar
ket at Sixth and Pearl streets, an
. swered the telephone. He says that it
sounded like Harp's voice. Efforts
- were made to cutthrough the back
and reach the imprisoned man. A hole
- , was cut through the ice box in the
rear of the establishment, but debris
blocked the "entrance to the office.
' Rescuers could not reach the .im
prisoned man." :-
Pope Benedict Prays
At Midnight Mass for
Peace, Charity, Justice
1 Rome, June 29. At a midnight
mass for peace and the re-establish-
ment of justice, chanty and frater
nity throughout the world, Pope Bcn
. edict raised his voice in prayer in St.
Peter's cathedral this morning.
The pontiff, accompanied only by
, Archbishop Bonaventure . Cerretti,
- secretary of the congregation for ex-
- traordinary ecclesiastical affairs, went
,to the cathedral at 10. o'clock last
night to i articipate in the ceremonies.
' There were about 1,000 present, in
cluding a large part of the Roman
aristocracy, Prince Colonna, mayor
of Rome; Prince Orsini, senior as
sistant the papal throne; Prince
C. B. Rospigliosi and Prince Massini.
Reprisal Air Attacks
Against German Cities
Demanded by Parisians
Paris, June 29. In an effort to
organize the defense of Paris
against German raiding airplanes
the aviation committee of the
Chamber of Deputies will recom
mend the pursuit of German ma
chines which bombard the capital
and the creation of three distinct
defense zones. The first of these
zones will be exclusively for cannon
and airplanes, the next will be de
fended by small balloons and the
third will be brilliantly lighted.
Reprisals against German cities
are demanded by the press, the
Petit Parisien demanding that the
cities of Cologne, Coblenz and
Frankfort be made special objects
Action Nullifies Legislation
Passed by Congress Yester
day Intended to Prevent
Washington, June 29. About 1,700
short line railroads were turjfd back
to private management toda by the
railroad administration, a few hours
before congress passed legislation in
tended to prevent the relinquishment
of many of them. Between 300 and
400 of the roads relinquished had
sought to remain under government
management About 400 short lines
were retained as part of the national
Announcement of the action was
withheld by the railroad administra
tion until less than an hour before
the legislation, which would have
stnnned it. was" finally enacted. It
was explained that the course was
made necessary by the railroad act's
provision requiring the government
to decide before July 1 which short
lines would be retained and which re.
linnoishied. Railroad administration
official 1sq. xplaiftedas mce the
legislation aa not Men up by either
house of congress until about 4 o'clock
this afternoon, they could not know
whether it would be enacted. The
legislation therefore is virtually nul
lified. ' '
Some May Be Taken Back.
More than 1,200 of the roads turned
back to private management were in
dustrial or plant facility lines, or
others which did not seek to remain
under government control and over
which no issue existed. Many of
those relinquished may be taken back
later, it was announced, and all will
be given fair divisions of joint rates,
insured a reasonable car supply and
protected against undue disturbance
in traffic routing. Special study will
be given their problems by a new
short line section of the railroad ad
ministation. Short lines represent about 30,000
miles of track in the United States,
or about one-seventh of the total rail-1
The legislation of congress was in
the form of a resolution extending
from July 1 to next January I. the
period in which the railroad admin
istration would have been forced to
decide its course affecting short lines,
with an amendment providing that
lines in competition or in physical!
connection with railways operated by
the goverrfment should not be turned
back to private management against
their will. . .
The original resolution was intro
duced by request of Director General
McAdoo, on his representation that
therailroad administration , had had
sufficient time to consider its policy
toward many short lines. The amend
ment was added by friends of the
lines," which have insisted that they
could not operate profitably in com
petition with government-operated
railways, considering rerouting and
other practices initiated by the rail
road administration. 1
LIEUT. M'EACHRON ON WAY
Victim of Trench Fever Expected
i By Fapaily to Reach Omaha by July 4
HOME FROM BATTLE; LINES
The three happiest persons in
Omaha today are the wife, little son
and daughter of Lt. Willard Mc-
Eachron, of Co. L, l86th Infantry,
United States Expeditionary forces.
They are happy because they have
received , word that "daddy" is on,
his way from "over there." ; t ,
Lieutenant McEachron enlisted in
the old Fourth Nebraska ten 1 days
after the United States declared war
on Germany. On May 23, 1917, he
went to, Fort Snelling with .the first
contingent " to , the officers training
school, and on August 1, of the same
year, he was commissioned. r .
He was then, ordered to Min'eola,'L.
I., wjiere the was assigned' to his
company and' -regiment arid was
among the first of tbe'"Rainbow J)i
vision'ito set foot in France. '
He has 'been in several hard en
gagements and served many days ia
the trenches, exposed to all the dan-
- . ' i
, The Coming New Style Fourth
OMAHA FAR PAST
ITS WAR SAVINGS
Number Reported Is 1.215,
With Eight Districts to Hear
From; State Goes Be- .
Omaha ;is- going 'over ' the top"
three times . in-the war savings so
cieties drive, which closed Friday
night, with Omaha having organized
three times the number asked of it.
Omaha's quota is 600 and at present
the number of societies reported
formeda is 1,215. Reports from eight
solicitors, each in charge of a district
are yet to come in. A large number
of people are expected to be 'reached
through the churches Sunday.'
Reports have come in from 21 coun-'
ties in the state. In these counties,
whose total quota is 1,513, more than
3,600 societies have been formed.
Douglas county outside of Omaha had
a quota of 100 societies and made
slightly better than a 100 per cent
Returns From State.
The returns to date from the state
County Formed. Quota,
Box Butt S3
Colfax , 75
Nance , 90
Thurston I. ..150
Nicaragua to Observe Fourth
As Mark of Homage to U. S.
Managua, Nicaragua, June 29. The
president of Nicaragua has decreed
the Fourth of July a jioliday through
out the republic, "as a mark of honor
to and admiration f5r the United
States as the bulwark of democracy,
with which Nicaragua is allied in the
Military commanders are charged
to celebrate the day with due sol
emnity. ' '
ger and hardship of front line
Saturday Mrs. McEachron received
three letters. . AH j were of different
date, but evidently' came over on the
same transport. The last .letter
written by her husband stated that
he had ..been stricken with "trench"
fever and another fever " of an ob
scure nature which has joist developed
among the soldiers,and of Vf ich the
physicians know very little.
He. wrote that he had been inval
ided because. o', his illness and has
been granted n honorable" discharge
and will , soon be home. He hopes
that4: he will regain his old-time, vig
orous health after a few months rest
and recuperation in his Omaha home.
Thefamily think it is glorious
Fourth oj July news for them," and
they are eagerly awaiting the arrival
of the husband and father.
Lieutenant McEachron; before the
war. was in the office of the county
cleric i . ' " . i
Fortifications Bill Providing for
Enormous Increase in Ord
nance Manufacture Rushed
; " By Associated Press. .
Washington, June, 29. In passing
the $12,000,000,000 army -"appropria
tion bill today, the senate empha
sized sentiment for enlarging the
army beyond the 3,000,000 men pro-.
vided in the measure, but declined
while awaiting the War department's
new expansion program specifically
to direct the president to raise an
army of 5,000,000.
, After a week's debate and without
a roll call or dissenting voice, the
huge supply measure a world's rec
ord breaker was sent to conference
between the two houses, with a view
to its enactment next Monday, when
the appropriations are needed.
None of the appropriations for the
army's part in the war for the fiscal
year beginning July 1 was reduced
by the senate. Instead, it increased
many items, approved without change
the house clause clothing the presi
dent with unlimited authority to in
crease the army by further draft
calls, and added scores of important
Big Ordnance Appropriation.
Without a roll call or dissenting
vote and with but 20 minutes discus
sion, the senate late today passed
and sent to conterence the $5,408,000,
000 fortifications bill, which provides
for pnnrmnno Inrrpae. in nrHnnnrii
, - ... .
' Among important legislative pro
visions added by the senate to the bill,
many of which the house leaders al
ready have agreed to accept, are the
Authorizing the president to organ
ize volunteer Slavicand Russian le
gions. Proposing the 'rank of lieutenant
general for Provost Marshal General
Crowder in recognition of his se
lective draft administration.
Providing for training and equip
ping of foreign troops, designed es
pecially for the so-called "Pan-American
army." r 1
Amending the draft law to have
quotas based on the number of men in
Class 1 instead of on the state popu
lation. . t -
Giving effect to the British-American
reciprocal draft treaty and other
similar conventions which may be
concluded, and permanently debarring
from American citizenship citizens of
neutral nations who have', filed pre
liminary citizenship applications and
who claim exemption from the draft.
Authorizing formation 'of an $100,
000,000 corporation urder 'the air
craft board. " . .. . .
Providing distinctive badges or
buttons for men discharged from and
rejected for military service.
Authorizing the. president. to com
mandeer timber and lumber' .nd con
duct, timbering operations,, proposed
for the aircraft and shipbuilding pro
grams. ' V
Salt Lake, Rotary Clubs' "
Meeting Place Next Year
f Kansas V City, Mo.; June 29. Salt
Lake City was. chosen li theV1919
meeting of the organization's offices
Association-of Rotary Clubs, at 'a
meeting of the organization's .offices
here' today, marking the windup of
this "year's convention. New Orleans
and Chicago were eliminated' early
and the contest was. narrowed down
to Cleveland and Salt Lake City.t
UNCLE SAM ENDS
Congress Passes Bill, But
Fails to Carry Measure Over
Veto of President Wilson;
Affects Six Cities;'
Washington, June 29. Further gov
ernment use of pneumatic, tube sys
tems in six large cities was blocked
today bya presidential teto , of the
postoffice appropriation bill with a
provision directing that the Postof
fice department retain the tubes until
next March pending an investigation
by the Interstate Commerce com
mission to determine the advisability
of their purchase by the government.
When an attempt to pass the bill
over the, veto failed in the house,
both the 'house and the senate re
passed the measure with the provision
objected to eliminated.
In his veto President Wilson sup
ported Postmaster General Burleson,
who has made a fight for abandoning
the tube systems as obsolete and use
less because of the growth of the
volume of mail and the development
of the automobile.
Contracts for the operation of tubes
in New York City, Brooklyn, Boston,
Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis
expire Monday. .
Packers Deny Charges;
Say Poor Time to Criticise
Chicago, June 29. Sharp retorts
were made tonight by representatives
of Armour & Co., Morris & Co. and
Swift & Co., denying charges of prof
iteering made in the report of federal
trade commission investigators - at
The packers' statement declared the
present is not the time for any one
branch of governmental activity to
strike at the packing industry, as it is
trying to supply the American army
with meat. The statements, too, called
attention to the fact that their profits
were but a fractional part of a cent
per pound of product and directed at
tention to the prices of meats to con
sumers and the prices paid for live
stock to indicate, whether or not the
packers have been profiteering.
Germany Menaces Swiss
Because of Criticism in
Newspaper of Lausanne
Paris, June . 29. The Gazette of
Lausanne, Switzerland, again has
been warned by the German chan
cellor in connection with its savage
criticism of the Germans incorpor
ated in its review of former Ambas
sador Gerard's book "My Four
years in Germany." The newspaper
has been notified that another article
of the sort, characterized as threat
ening to compromise Swiss rela
tions with Germany, will be more
. The warning cites the following
passages in the introduction to the
review as objectionable: i
"One sees in the author the
memoirs of an absolutely honest
man - required to live four-years-among
knaves, and other malefactors-.
"But Germany has always violated
Divine right and human laws. Its
lies, its inexcusable savageries, and
the relentlessness with which it has
destroyed the most beautiful monu
ments of'the earth and with which
it has burned precious libraries and
museums have dishonored it ' for
ever. The world must destroy it or
the world is lost." r
Splash on Fourth Will
Go Around World, Says
Shipping Board's Head
Washington, June 29. "Your
employes will douse the kaiser,"
said Chairman Hurley of the ship
ping board in i final message to
day encouraging all shipyards to
exert every effort to carry out with
out fail the July Fourth launching
pfogram. Mr. Hurley's message
"Nearly 100 ships overhoard in
one day will be a new declaration
of independence. It is great, yet
it is only America s stride. The big
splash will go around the world.
The employes are behind Pershing's
men; behind the faith of France,
the dogged courage of England, the
vim of Italy. They will douse the
RISE IN ARMY
Eight Months Ago W. Treat
Was Clerk; Now He's Cap
tain, With More Honors
Washington Bureau of
The Omaha Bee,
1311 G Strt.
Washington. Tune 29. fSnerinl Tel
egram.) Eight months ago Lt. W.
irear, ot oujs Hawthorne street, Oma
ha, was appointed to a clerical position
in the balloon section of the signal
corps. Soon thereafter he won a gilt
amiG aim was commissioned sec
ond lieutenant in that corns. II wa
active and efficient and it was not long
before he was authorized to exchange
tne gut lor the silver of a first lieu
Lieutenant Treat fiffH th nlar ami
performed his duties so thoroughly
ana evincea sucn acuity as a lieuten
ant that he has just been promoted
10 a captaincy in the balloon section
of the air division of the army.
- Tonight he is on his way to Omaha
On a tour of insnrtinn anr) hfnr th
ent of the year probably will be en-
inieu to tne gut leaf ot a major.
Norioroductive Workers ?
Quit Old Dobs for Real Ones
' The "work or fight" ukase issued by
rrovosi warsnai crowder to become
effective tomorrow will not seriously
affect business in Omaha, according to
employers and employes named in the
non-essential list. Workmen em
their jobs Saturday night in prepara
tion xor a cnange ot employment. '
Railroads, farms and packing
houses appeared to be the favorite
work selected. Many arranged to
take the places of men called in the
June draft quota and will take up
their hew duties Monday, ,
Employers say they are having
little trouble in obtaining help to take
the places of men forced to change
occupations. Men over the draft age
and men discharged from the army
tor physical disability are favored
where night work Ts necessary. Wo
men are being employed largely for
Chief oi Police M. F. Dempsey ex
pects notrouble in enforcing the rul
ing in Omaha. "Lounge Lizards,"
pool hail habitues, dope fiends and
plain vagrants have been ordered to
get employment during the past few
werlti nH f h mainritv hvm mm
plied with the orders of the police.
Two Taken in Gambling
Raid Accused of Sedition
Twenty men were arrested Saturday
night as inmates of an ill-governed
house in 1002 South Thirteenth street.
Police allege gambling was in prog
ress when the raid was made. Alftan
Prokopik was charged with being the
keeper of the house. Ray Slack, 2727
South Thirteenth street, and Fred
Jackson, 2201 North' Twenty-fifth
street, arrested in the raid, were
charged with sedition. Police allege
that they violate the Crowder "work
or fight" ruling.
Keen for : Shot at
Reptiles of the Sea
TO U. S. TARS
United States sailors do not cross
the ocean in fear of the German U
boats. They long to sight the "rattle
snakes," and are sorry when they get
no chance to sink a few of them as
they make a frip across, according to a
letter just received by Mr. and Mrs.
F. W. Greenman,20 Dorcas street,
from their son, Curtis, who writes-;
"Have landed again in the U. S. A.,
and never even sighted a bloody U;
boat. All of the crew, were disap
pointed, for, we long to show them
how Yankee sailors can fight."
The young sailor enlisted in the
navy in February, 1917, and was given,
training at the Great Lakes station.
He is in the radio service. For three
months, he served on a speedy sub
marine destroyer. He is a graduated
Train school and attended both Cen
tral and the Commercial Higlrschoolsi
He is now in the. radio service
aboard the U.,S. S. Des Moines and
has made many trips- overseas. His
ship is used as' n .convoy, and, ' he
writes, that they made their last re
turn trip in just nine day ;
Control Over Important Sec
tors Extended by Successes
in Week's Fighting on
West Front. ;
By Associated Press.
Another week has passed
without the Germans resuming
their offensive. The entente
allies have shown the greatest
activity during this period and -
in several parts of the battle
zone have carried the light to
These actions have been lo
cal in character, but have been
fought, for important imme
diate objectives which strength
ened the allied lines vhere it
needed bolstering. At various
points the allies have placed in
jeopardy the enemy's tenure of
certain parts of the line and
have extended ; their control
over wide sectors of the front.
This was the notable result of t he -attack
near Belleau wood on the'
Marne front by the Americans Wed
nesday. They did not seek to break
through the German line, but want
ed to reach high ground which would
command the villages of Torcy and
Boutesches. This ground is now f
curely in their possession. ; t
Gains Kept by Allies. V'
The French attacking, southwest o!
Soissons, on the Aisne front, had the
same object in view. They hurled
themselves at the German line with
such gallantry that in little over an
hour they penetrated to a depth of
more than a mile over a front of
almost three ' miles and captured
morffthari 1,000 prisoners German
coujj$et,J,sagsjnsthe new ,
French pc-lns have been repulsed
with; heayylfcNSses to the' enemy, v
The British on the Lys alientVf
tlia Flanders front cut into the GeV
raan Jines Thursday and succeeded
iii shoving the enemy i rom his- posi
tions on several little ridges of land
to lower levels. -
i German ' Onset Anticipated.
There is reason for believing that
preparations are now nearly complete
for a resumption , of the German
drive. Just where the blow will 'fall
is not known. The blow is expected
to eclipse the ferocity of the attacks
before Cambrai and Aisne. An epi
demic of influenza in the German '
army and this, together with the
prevalence of typhoid, dysentery and
other diseases, may delay the onset '
for a time.
. A week ago the Austrians began
their , flight across the Piave river'
from the western bank" where they
had received a sanguinary check at
the hands of the Italians. It Is pos- '
sible now to view the event in its
true perspective and estimate the vie-:
tory of the Italians as a great de
fensive triumph; General Diaz, the ' .
Italian commander-in-chief, has not
pursued , the Austrians further than
the Piave, except for the setting? up
of strong bridgeheads on the eastern
banks of the river. ' :.; y
Diaz Content to Hold Piave.' s
There is still danger of another at
tack , being launched against Italy
this time from the mountain front
and with German forces leading their
allies in their attempt to force their
path down into the Italian plains.1
For this reason, apparently, General.
Diaz is content to hold the Piav
strongly and to wait', for the moment
at least, any further attacks against
his vital mountain positions.
The situation in Russia is obscure.
While there are indications that the
sway of the Bolshevikj may be near
its end, there is no confirmation of -the
reports that the government of
Lenine ajjd Trotzky has been over
thrown. The same situation obtains
as to Siberia, where the Bolsheviki
and the German and Austrian prison
ers of war are fighting against the"
Czecho-Slovaks on the we3t and Gen
eral Seminoff's army, on the east -Austrian
The emperor of Austria has refused '
to accept the resignation of Premier
von Seydler's cabinet and he has
called on Parliament to meet on July
16. . It has been said in recent dis
patches that the program to be laid ?
before the Austrian Parliament will
be quite limited in scope. ,
British and' Gertnan torpedo boat
patrol' fleets off the Belgian coasts
had a brief encountef Thursday
evening, but when the .Germans re-, '
ceived enforcements the British with- -drew
without loss apparently having.
been inflicted on either., side.
i Crosby Now Held in Berlin."
'Amsterdam.' -Tint 7Q jfS
Crosoy Emery who was seized on
the Aland IsIaWds Kv fh
last. March, now "is in .Berlin, accord-
ing. to information reaching here.
He is -at liliertv. hiit.nitist rnrt in
the Dolire .once a wi-pk- ' TI
ported in good health. - '
Major . .Emery- left the v-United !
pa in pnlirnlioi' 101 .
sent New. York banking interests in
retrograa . j