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The Omaha Daily Bee
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Attempts to Retake Village
Captured by Australians Eas
ily Stopped; Big Guns Busy
in Ypres Region.
By The Associated Press.
The British front east of
'Amiens, on each side of the
'Avre and along the Somme
. river, seems to be the storm
center of the battle , front in
France. Australians, assisted
by American detachments, on
July 4, drove the Germans out
of Hamel and the Vaire and
Hamel woods,' to the south at
the , same time launching a
secondary attack on the Ger
man positions north of Somme
Since that time the. lines before
Amiens have been .very active.
The Germans have been repulsed in
fen attempt' to retake the village o!
Hamel and the wooded positions
further south. The British official
report says the enemy was stopped
easily but the Germans claim to have
checked the British forces east of
Hamel and to have thrown them back
to their original lines at Villers Bret
toneux. American Front Calm.
"With the exception of aerial com
bats,, the American front -has been
: calm. ' ;
The German official statement tells
of British attacks in the Ypres region,
adding that. : they were repulsed.
' eavy ariuiery nre in mis neignuor
hood Is reported from London; ;
The French have been content to
hold tnd consolidate their new posi
tions near Moulin Sous-Touvent and
t Autreches' northwest of ? Soissons,
.wlfr 4 . Iwn nn TTrvnrU alfnrV-c
" the, Germans suffered severe tasual
" ties. ; The French war office says
during the past day 'there has been
heavy artillery firing near Cutry and
Montgobert southwest of Soissons.
? Italians Lines Extended.
s Italian forces operating near the
mouth of the Piave, have continued
to make progress, .faking more than
400 prisoners, as well as a battery of
cannon and many machine guns. .In
the mountain region, the Italians have
extended their lines northeast of
Monte Grappa and. have repulsed
desperate counter attacks by the
Austrians against positions taken
from the enemy in the Italian drives
week ago.
- Finland Menaces Allies.
Stockholm reports that Finland is
expected to declare war on the entente
allies. This is probably the result of
German pressure incident to the land
ing of allied forces at Kola, on the
Murman coast. It has been reported
that German and Finnish troops are
pushing northward toward' the port of
Kola to seize vast stores transported
there before Russia's collapse as a
factor in the war.
Unrest in South Africa.
Two rumors of internal dissension
' have been current. One is to the
effect that the death of Mohammed
V., Sultan of Turkey, was not due to
natural causes, but the result of a
revolt in that country. The other
comes from South Africa, where it is
reported considerable unrest exists
and where strong measures are being
taken to cope with the situation.
The Weather -
For Iowa Fair Saturday and prob
ably Sunday: warmer Sunday and in
west portion Saturday. i
Temperatures in Omaha TeMerdaj-.
f Hour. Desc.
6 a. m 6"
R a. m 62
7 a. m 62
8 a. m 62
9 a. m. 63
10 a. m. 64
11 a. m 65
12 m.... .'...67
1 p. m..... 70
m. .
m. .
m. .
p. m. 84
s p. m
Comparative local Record.
191S. 1917. 191S. 1916.
Hifhest yesterday ... 85 83 - 89 78
Lowest yeter3y ... 61 8 ' 68 . 61
Mean temperature . . 73 .16 7 & 66
Precipitation T .13 .00 .00
Temperature and . precipitation ; depar
ture! from the normal: .
Normal temperature 74
Deficiency for the day ...... 3
Total excesa since March 1., St 9
Normal precipitation- ........... .16 Inch
Deficiency for the day.. .16 Inch
Total precipitation since Mar. 1. .7.73 lnchea
Deficiency since. March 1. ....... tM lnchea
Excess for cor. period, 1917 76 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period. -1918.. r.28 lnchea
Beportt From Stations at 7 P. 31.. '
Station and State l Temp. High-' Rain
of weather. ' ' 7 p. m. . est. fall. .
Cheyenne, clear :.82 8!,. . .01
Davenport, clear . . . . . . 8 4 " 8S : .10
Denver, cloudy ........78 . 0
Des- Moines, clear; .... .83 84 .42
Dodje City, pt. cloudy,. 88 .' -90 .18
Lander, cloudy 7 ' 80 .02
North. Platte, clear 86 88, .M
Omaha, clear ., ...84 85 T
Pueblo, cloudy ." 83 - 84 00
Rapid City, pt. cloudy.. 7S 76 .03
Santa Fe, raining ......64 72 .38
Bhertdan, cloudy 70 84 , .00
. Sioux City, clear 84, 86 .00
'Valentine, clear ..I ti ' 88 00
i tV Indicate! trace of precipitation.
" U XJYELSB,-JMetMroloiit.,.
Supreme Allied War
Council in Session
Gives Praise to Italians
Paris, July 5. The supreme al
lied war council held its seventh
session today. All the aspects of
the present military situation were
considered and important decisions
were reached, according to an -official
statement issued at its close.
Congratulations to the Italian
army and people for the me
morable victory over the Austro
Hungarian army were expressed at
the meeting. It was said that it is
xonsidered that the victory won by
the Italians at the critical turning
point of the war brings a valuable
contribution to the allies' efforts
and points to . the final success of
their cause. ,
Figures on Gains Submitted
to Senate Show Highest
More Than 2,000
By Associated Press.
' Washington, July 5. Figures on
war profits were sent to the senate by
the treasury today in response to a
resolution by Senator Borah of Idaho,
calling for information regarding
Although some enormous profits
were shown, the letter said the re
port was incomplete and that "no spe
cial significance" should be attached
to the data, as it was secured from
income and excess profits returns as
they were filled.
Dairy interests listed showed profit
increases from zero to 180 per cent;
banks up to 80 per cent; contractors as
high as 596 per cent and flour mills
as highvas 437 per cent.
The maximum increased profit list
ed, 2,183 per cent, was of a food
dcaler.with $1,000 capital who showed
a loss of 484 per cent in 1916. An
other food concern with $325,000 made
34.75 per cent excess.
In clothing trades a concern" with
$400,000 capital increased its profits
li per-eetHs-;.-" : ... - ; ' .
. Chemical manufacturers capital and'
profits respectively, include $345,000,
31 per ceuty$300,000, none, and $100,
000, 58 per cent. - . ;..
borne of the flourTnilis capital ana
profit increases reported were rc
soectively. $20,000. 112 per cent; $20,-
000, 95 per cent; $90,000, 236 per cent;
profits in 1916 being $48juuu and
000 in 1917; $25,000 capital, 437 per
Among meat packers, listed data on
none of .the larger concerns was avail
able. Some Profit in Coal.
Data regarding ; the coal trade
showed 504 per cent increased profits
of a company with $10,000 capital
and 17.75 per cent for one with
$2,000,000 capital.
In paper trade profits ranged from
nothing to 176 per cent increase.
A concern listed under the heading
"coal, wood and lumber trades" with
$1,250,000 capital, reported 180 per
cent increase in profits.
Grain and "electrical storage field,
capital and profit increases included:
$10,000, 472 per cent; $249,000, 31 per
cent; $243,000, 2 per cent.
A garment manufacturer with $84,
000 capita lreported 246 per cent in
crease in profits.
Virgin Islands to Go Dry.
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, July 5.
The Virgin' Islands, America's new
possessions in the West Indies, have
gone dfy. The local legislators have
adopted the government's proposals
foe prohibition, to take effect July 1
next vear. '
Carried nearly as much
Department Store Advertising
for the first six months of 1918 as the
other two Omaha papers combined and
Showed by Far the Greatest Gain
Here Are the Figures in Inches :
(Warfield Adv. Agency Measurements for 1917)
j (Haynes Adv. Company Measurements for 1918)
. 1917. 191S. 1
BEE..! 41,258 53,953 ,
' I World-Herald . .32,631 34,752
News .......22,693 28,161
BEE GAINS . . 12,695
World-Herald1 Gains 2,121
, News Gains ... . 5,468 -
You can't pull the wool over the eyes of the De
partment Store Manager. He knows absolutely
how to g$t best results.
' Keep Your Eye on The Bee
Improving Every Day
President Urges Prompt Action
by Senate, But Does Not
Insist Congress Aban
i don Recess Plan.
By Associated Press.
Washington, July 5. While the
house was hastily adopting the reso
lution authorizing government opera
tion during the war of all telegraph,
telephone, cable and radio systems,
senate leaders tonight received word
from President Wilson, which they
interpreted as indicating his willing
ness to have final enactment of the
resolution postponed until after mid
summer vacation.
Leaders in both houses tonight
went ahead with plans for a recess late
tomorrow night until August 12.
Vote 221 to 4.
The telegraph resolution . was
adopted by the house tonight by a
vote of 221 to 4, after a spirited de
bate, in which democratic leaders
said the . president had expressed a
desire for its passage at once and
some republicans had charged that
the authority proposed for the presi
dent would be used to further the in
terests of the democratic party. To
expedite passage of the resolution, the
house previously had adopted by a
viva voce vote a rule limiting general
debate to two hours.
Those voting against the resolution
(Continued on 1'age Two, Column Two.)
Great Damage Done; Behind
. German -Lines i by Aviators;
"173 Enemy Planes Downed
at Cost of 36.
London, July 5. During the last
week the entente allies on- the western
front have taken more than 5,000
prisoners. A series of minor opera
tions also resulted in their gaining
possession of several important
strategic points, inflicting heavy losses
on the enemy and obtaining valuable
information as to his plans for the
immediate future.
Another satisfactory feature of the
last week's operations was the work
of the allies in the air. Great danii ve
was done by the aviators to German
communications ' and concentrations
of men and material behind the lines.
The superiorityo f the entente air
fighters is shown by the fact that
during the last week, on the British
front alone, 173 German airplanes
were downed while only 36 British
machines are missing.
The British military reports for the
week pay a high tribute to the work
of the Americans at Vaux and on the
Somme, declaring that the American
soldiers have shown the, highest
fighting qualities, while their staff
work has been excellent.
No Peace Until Autumn
Amsterdam, July 5. Peace between
Roumania and the central powers
will not be ratified until the autumn,
says Dr. Edgar von Schmit-Paull, the
special commissioner in Roumania of
the Berliner Ta gcblatt.
Police Raid Farm
Houses i nlreland
And Seize Weapons
London. July 5. -A press dispatch
from Dublin says the police of Bal
linalsoe, county Galway, have
raided farm houses, seizing hun
dreds of guns and arms. The raids
extended into the adjoining coun
ties of Roscommon and Kings.
There was no resistance except
in a few instances, where the pres
ence of arms was denied, but the
weapons were surrendered. The
people were surprisd, not expecting
such drastic action in view of the
recent . proclamation of Viscount
French, calling for recruits.
There also were" arrests in the
outlying districts.
Early Announcement Expected
at Washington; Finns May
Bar Entry to Central
Russia From North.
By Associated Press.
Washington,, July 5. Russia con
tinues to be the subject of earnest
consideration by the administration
and itis understood that there are
almost daily exchanges of opinion be
tween Washington and the entente
capitals through their respective em
bassies here and through other chan
nels of a less official character.
The United States has regarded the
proposition for the dispatch to Si
beria of an international army as a
military problem. It is understood
the decision rests with General Foch
and the supreme war council, and it
is regarded probable it will be an
nounced soon.
Details of the plan for the peaceful
penetration of Russia and Siberia by
American business men with the pur
pose of affording .economic and . ma
terial aid, are being worked out,
Some Disquieting News.
Delay is . encountered in securing
reliabel information regarding cdmrli
tions in Archangel.. This j partial
larly exasperating , to, the officials be
cause of the unofficial reports that
reach Washington of the hostile atti
tude of the Finns, said to be rein
forced ' by German soldiers. It is
realized that a considerable Finnish
German force could easily seize stra
tegic points on the rairoad running
south from Archangel and ' Kola to
Volgda. There is a report the in
vaders have arrived at Kim. an im
portant town on this road near the
southern end of the White Sea.
A successful movement of this kind
might defeat any entente Dlan to send
a mlitary force into Central Russia
lrom the north. As long as the en
tente fleet is able to navigate in the
Arctic the little force of sailors and
marines at Kola ana vicinity would
be safely supported. The advent of
winter probably will make it neces
sary to withdraw this force.
Germany Controls Finns. '
Press reports from Stockholm pre
dicting theh adhesion of Finland to
the central power alliance are as yet
unconfiremd officially. But it is rea
lized that German pressure upon Fin
land is overpowering and the treaty
ot last March between Germany and
Finland practically made the former
the dictator of the policies of Finland.
The treaty is saidto give Germany
economic control of Finland and as
sured her direction of external re
lations. . The entry of Finland into
an alliance with the central powers
would not be an unmitigated evil, in
the opinion of officials here, as it
would clarify the situation.
Commission Named
To Have Charge of
Relief of Prisoners
Washington, July S. An Ameri
can Red Cross special commission to
Switzerland to take charge of the re
lief work of American prisoners of
war and American civilian prisoners
in the hands of the central powers was
announced today 6y the Rrd Cross
with Joseph B. Dimmick of Scranton,
Pa., as its chairman.
In addition to looking after Ameri
cans, the commission, will extend re
lief to destitute citizens of the allied
powers now in Switzerland and aid
the Swiss in relieving the suffering
occasioned by the war.
Other members of the commission
are: Carl P. Dennett, Boston; Atholl
McBean, San Francisco; Ralph S.
Stewart. Boston, and Dr. Alfred Wor-
i rester, .Waltham, Mass., as deputies,
I all serving without pay.
neaaquarters ot the commissio"
will be at Berne. '
Excursion Steamer
Capsized in Illinois
River; Many Drowned
Peoria', 111.,' July! 5. Hundreds of
people are .believed to have' been
drowned when the excursion steamer
.Columbia overturned in the Illinois
river five miles south of here 'tonight.
All availabe nurses and physicians
have been summoned from Pekin, 111.,
near the scene of the accident.
The boat jammed against the Pe
oria side of the river in a fog; and tore
a huge hole in the .bow of the boat.
It sank almost immediately,
' ' 1 ' '
Increasing Man Power and Ex
. tending Control of Air Enable
General Foch to Adopt
New Policy.
By Associated Press.
Washington, July 5. Increasing
manpower and rapidly extending con
trol of the air have permitted the
adoption of a new policy by General
Foch, in the opinion of observers
here. They believe the sequence of
hard local blows struck recently by
allied troops shows a new phase is
developing which might expand into a
major operation.
Reports of the' recent successful
strokes are taken to indicate General
Foch no longer feels the necessity
of keeping on the defensive to con
serve his forces. The fact that the
Germans have been completely sur
prised is believed to be due to the
work of the airmen.
American aid has served to change
the tide of fighting.
The American attacks around
Chateau-Thierry, the French opera
tions at Soissons and the British op
erations out the Somme and in Fland
ers, probably were prompted by the
weakness of the enemy at those
Will Give Enemy No Rest.
It is assumed General Foch plans
to give the enemy no rest. Points
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
. .. . ,,4 ... : i . 4.t i
Belief in London That Moslem
Rilled Was Killed'as Re
sult of Revolutionary '
- Plot.
London,, July 5. Reports have
reached London front Dutch sources
that the death oi the sultan of Tur
key, Mohammed V, which took
place Wednesday, night, was not due
to natural causes and presumably Avas
part of a revolutionary movement in
the Ottoman empire.
Amsterdam, July 5. In a message
to the new sultan of Turkey, Emperor
Charles of -Austria is quoted in a
Vienna dispatch saying:
"The unconquerable bravery of our
armies, the steadfastness of our
courageous peoples, has strengthened
our alliance with Germany and Bul
garia in the face of all. our enemies,
who quite openly wish to destroy or
disintegrate our states.
"The wise political ideas which
characterized the reign now closed
were also its glory. They indicate a
path leading to final victory and great
ness for the Ottoman empire. I ex
tend the warmest wishes for the pros
perity of your reign and for a brilliant
future for your people."
Bolshevik Forces Driven
Out of Irkutsk and Region
East of Baikal, in Siberia
London, July 5. Czecho-Slovak
forces have inflicted a severe defeat
upon the bolshevik troops, according
to a telegram received here today
from Irkutsk, Siberia. The bol
sheviki are said to have been com
pletely defeated west of Irkutsk and
to have been driven out of the region
to the east of Lake Baikal.
' There was a battle at Nerklinie
Udinsk, a town on the Siberian rail
way, 80 miles east of Lake Baikal, and
it resulted in the Russian government
troops being driven out of the place.
The bolsheviki in abandoning Ikurtsk
took with thorn great quantities of
Croaking of Millions of Amphibians Conceals
Gun Movements at Chemin Des Dames.
By Associated Press;
Amsterdam, July 5. Karl Rosner,
a newspaper correspondent who is
frequently termed the German em-
Eeror's press . agent, describes in the
okal Anzeiger a conversation which
he says took place between Emperor
William and .the German crown
prince, in which the son told his
father a story of the "frogs at the
battle of the Chemin Des Dames."
The story was told, says Rosner,
as father and son stood on a hill in
the battle sector of the army group
of General von Francois June 3. The
crown prince said:'
"It . was when Jhe Germans were
preparing to storm the Chemin Des
Dames. The frogs, which were
found inmillions in the marshy Ail
ette river region, croaked in such a
deafening fashion that they enabled
the Germans to bring up batteries,
ammunition and columns without dis
Six Members of Crew Missing; Ship's Officers and Other
Survivors Landed at French Port; former
Hamburg-American Liner fnder Convoy
When Attacked; No Submarine Sighted.
By Associated Press.
Washington, July 5. The United States army transport
Covington, homeward bound with a fleet of troop ships con
voyed by American destroyers, was torpedoed in the War zone
Monday night and sank the next day while an effort was being
made to tow her to port. Six men of the crew are missing, but
the others with the officers were landed at a French port. No
soldiers or passengers were on board.
Merchant Marine Total for
Three Days Is 95; Eleven
on Columbia River De
layed by Freshet.
I , in m. '
By Associated Press. ,
Washington, .July 5. Seventeen
American war vessels were launched
on Independence day, the Navy de
partment announced tonight, and Ihe
keels of eight others were laid. The
craft put overboard (included 14 de
stroyers,' gunboat; and " wo"mine
sweepers. v ' .'v!' . V;' . ,
The - gunboat, the Ashville, was
launched at the "Charleston, S. C,
navy yard. One of the'mine sweepers,
the Swan Hill, was put over Dy inc
Alabama Dry Dock company, Mobile,
Ala.( and the other, the Oriole, was
launched by the Statcn Island, N. Y.,
Shipbuilding company. '
The eight keels were laid for de
stroyers at the plant of the Bethlehem
Union Iron works, San Francisco.
That plant launched eight destroyers,
the Newport News, Va., yard, three;
Cramps, Philadelphia, two, and the
Fore River plant, Quincy, Mass., one.
The names of these craft previously
had been announced.
. Objectives Surpassed
American ship builders vent be
yond their objectives in the Inde
pendence day drive for new tonnage.
The shipping board announced to
day that the workmen started out
with the expectation, of launching
439,886 dead weight tons, but late re
ports to the ' board today showed
that 474,464. tons had been gotten
ready to put overboard.
The actual number of ships
launched was 82. The launching. of 11
others was held up by a freshet in the
Columbia river, . while two others
stuck on the ways. They are expected
to be released without great delay.
As a result of the Independence
day launchings, July and August de
liveries are expected to show tremen
dous increases, as compared with pre
ceding months. Machinery is begin
ning to come through for the wooden
hulls, many of which were delayed
after launching by the lack of en
gines. Three Days' Total 95.
Philadelphia, July S.-Fourth of
July ship launchings aggregated 87
and eight others took their initial dip
on the second and third of July, mak
ing a grand total for the week of 95,
according to reports received today
by the Emergency Fleet corporation
Of these. S3 are wood and the re
mainder of steel construction. The
total dead weight tonnage is 474,464,
the wooden share being 187,000 and
that of the steel 287.464. - .
covery and when the attack actually
was launched the deafening concert
of the frogs prevented the enemy
from discovering the positions of the
German machine guns."
During the same conversation Ros
ner says the emperor described the
occasion when he was asked to give
permission for the blowing up of the
famous French castle at Coucy Le
Chateau, near St. Quentin. He said
he hesitated until his military ad
visers pointed out that in the hands
of the enemy the towers of the castle
might) menace the lives of hundreds
of German soldiers. The emperor
then remarked: -
"Would the French act' differently
in our country? The protection of
soldiers is the supreme law for the
commander and no edific ought to be
spared when it is a question of pre
serving: from danger and death the
menwho are fizhtinsr for the father
The men missing are;
Ernest C. Andersoir, ,'fireman, Lynn,
Mass. . . .
Joseph P. Bowden, seaman. Moun
tain Lake, N.J. - .
Ambrose C. Ford, fireman, Somer-
ville, Mass. .
.William Henry' Lynch, jr., fireman, '
Manchester, N.; II., : v . j f
uoert a. rayne, seaman, west
New Brighten, Staten Island, N. Y. .
Lloyd H. Silvernail, seaman, Bain,
bridge, N. Y.
No Submarine Sighted.
In announcing tonight the sinking'
of the Covington, formerly the Ham-!
burg-American liner Cincinnati, the -Navy
department. said that the sub-,
marine which sent a torpedo crash-'
ing into the ship's side just forward .
of the engine room at 9:17 o'clock at i
night, was not sighted. .
Vice Admiral Sims' message did :
not go into details, but officers believe ,
the submarine was on the, surface re- ;
charging Us batteries when the con- ,
voy came along ' and that it sub-
merged immediately after discharz-
ing the torpedo without attempting
further. fcttackT'.', '''i - w
The theory J:hat the submarine
made "off. n haste is borne out by the .
fact that the crew was transferred to
a destroyer, without incident. Some
surprise swas occasioned by the fact
that the 'siihmartni. rtirt tint rflnrn
and undertake tojinish the sinking.
, i First Sunt fa Convoy. .1
The , Covington was the first '
American transport to. be sunk'while ;
in convoy, ,' the former Hamburg-
American liner President Lincoln and
the former Morgan liner Antilles, the
only other American transports sunk,
having been destroyed -when return-
war craft. : ,
Few. details', were given in the;
Navy department's announcement
and there was no explanation of Ad-tf-miral
Sims'' report that none of those ;
from the- Covington who were landed ;r
at a French port -was "seriously in-
jured." Apparently some of "them
were hurt,, probably in being, trans
ferred to the destroyer in a choppy I
sea, but evidently Admiral Sims did
not give the number. V
Official Statement. 1
ine torpeao strucic just xorwaro i
of the engine room bulkhead," said
the Navy department's announce-
ment, "and the engine worn and fire ;
room were rapidly flooded. With its ;
motive power gone, - the vessel was
helpless and facing, the. possibility, of
the torpedoing of another ship in the
convoy, the uovmgton .was tempo- .
rarily abandoned, ihis was done in ;
excellent, order and the officers and ,'
crew were taken on board a destroyer, I
The submarine was not seen.
"At daybreak the captain, seven of
ficers and a number of members of .
the crew returned to supervise sal- '
vaging operations. Anotner vessel
and two tugs took the Covington in j
tow in the effort to- get her to port,'?
but she was too badly damaged to
keep afloat and sank. ,
"Vessels have been searching for
the missing men and the Navy de
partment awaited the report ot the
names of those missing, which was ;
not received until today, before an
The Covington was 608 feet long,
of 16,339 gross tonnage and .had' a
speed of IS'i knots an hour." -
Circumstances . surrounding the
sinking of the Covington evidently ,
were similar to those when the Brit-,,
ish liner Tuscania was sent down off
the north coast of Ireland, , while '
carrying some 2,200 American troops
to England. The vessel was with a
fleet of ships convoyed by destroyers I
and was attacked early in the night, ;
the subamine either having lain in ;
wait or else stumbled up6n the con-
voy accidentally. ,
Nebraska Hospital y j
Unit No. 49 Leaves on j
First Part of Journey
Nebraska Base Hospital Unit ,49
has left Camp Dodge, for the east on s
the first lap of the journey , "over ?
there." The unit ," had expected to a
leave about the tenth of the months
Miss Eva O'Sullivan, teacher at the
Central High school who ill serve
as a laboratory technician for the t
unit, is in Minneapolis and has 're- s
ceived no instructions. ' Miss Patricia -
Naughton, teacher at the South High ,
school, is also without orders.. Miss
Irene Jess, secretary to ux. ;; A. - L,
Stokes who Ras charge of the work S
of thetmit here, expects orders within i
two daysl : , ' ' "' .