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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVIII. NO. 18.
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French Armies, in Quick At
tack, Take Chavigny Farm,
Driving Germans Back;
By Associated Press.
Continuing their aggressive
defense in the face of the im
pending offensive the French
have attacked southwest of
From the eastern side of the
Retz forest, north of Longpont,
the French have advanced
over a front of approximately
two miles, taking Chavigny
xaiui aim wig oiupto w n.
north and south of it.
Several hundred prisoners
were captured by the French
in their sudden attack.
This may be linked with the
recent offensive operations at
St. Pierre Aigle and gives the
French a new front line from
Longpont, north to Ambleny, a
distance of almost eight miles.
Australians astride the Somme east
swept back the enemy over a front
A more than a mile and straightened
out an awkward angle held by the
Germans since the Australians and
Americans carried their lines forward
Berlin mentions local attacks in the
Clignon sector, which is held by
Ameriesner and between "the "Marne '
Italians Strike Austrians Hard.
Italian forces in Albania have
.-truck hard at Austrian positions
along the Voyusa (Vojtitza) river,
which flows into the Adria'tic about 20
miles north of the town, of Avlona,
one of the most important places in
southern Albania. Vienna admits
that the Austrian "advanced posts
nave been withdrawn to their main
This report from Austrian head
quarters probably refers to the action
mentioned in the French official state
ment on Sunday night. It was said
ly the war office at Paris that the
J'Vench and British forces had seized
heights in western Albania and had
held them against counter attacks.
A serious offensive may have been
initiated there. The Italian navy
would be able to co-operate with the
land forces and if the line is pushed
back a very great 'distance, a re
location of the enemy lines running
over the mountains into Macedonia
might be necessary. The fighting
north of Avlonia has been going on
for at least three days, which indi
cates that it may be more than a
mere local action.
Situation in Russia.
Events are moving with rapidity in
Russia since the assassination of
Count von Mirbach, the German am
bassador at Moscow. Rumors of. a
counter revolution at Moscow come
from various sources, but other dis
patches say that the uprising has been
crushed and several hundred of the
revolutionists are under arrest.
Germany seems on the eve of rele
gating the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty
fc'i the "scarp of paper" category for
there are indications that German
troops may be sent to Moscow. Dis
patches say Emperor William has
forbidden the German foreign office
to negotiate in any way with Rus
There is a threat of a new offen
sive against Italy. This time directed
from the Trentino front and carried
through by large Austrian forces led
by Getmanshock units sent to that
sector of the Italian line. German
troops are reported concentrating pre
paratory to launching the Mow to re
venge the utter defeat of the, Austrian
attempt to enter the Venetian plains.
Nobel Peace Prize to Be
Returned to Roosevelt
Washington, July 8. A. house
resolution authorizing return to for
mer President Roosevelt, of the
540,000 Nobel peace prize which he
had donated to an industrial peace
commission and which he now wishes
,to distribute to the Red Cross, Young
Men's Christian association and other
organizations aiding soldiers because
no use was made of it, was adopted
today by the senate and sent to
Two German Deserters Cross
Into the American Lines
With the American Forces on the
Marne, July 8. Two German desert
?rs crossed the American lines on the
Marne last night. They said they
were tired of the war and the ill
treatment of their officers, who walk
ed them far and fed them little. One
of the deserters was formerly a mer
chant, jine otner was a farmer,
GERMAN SEA-WOLF AGAIN AT
LARGE ON ATLANTIC OCEAN
Norwegian Steamer Augvald Sunk by Submarine Shell
Fire and Members of Crew Killed, or Set Adrift
In Small Boats, Later to Be Picked Up.
By Associated Press.
An Atlantic Port, July 8. Another neutral ship, the Nor
wegian steamer Augvald, 2,098 tons, bound from a French
port for Baltimore, has fallen a victim of a German submarine.
A transatlantic liner, in port today, brought the news of the
sinking in midocean, June 23, and also landed 11 members of
the crew of 27 men. Three of the crew were drowned and the
remaining 13 are unaccounted for.
The rescued men were picked up
by the liner after having drifted help
lessly for 11 days, subsisting most of
that time on seaweed and rain water
wrung from their clothing or caught
in their caps.
According to members of the
crew who told their story in frag
ments when she docked, the sea wolf
adopted the same methods as used
by the U-boats in their operations off
the Atlantic coast. The steamer was
stopped by shell fire, the crew or
dered into two boats and the ship
then sunk with bombs.
Upsets in Storm.
Captain Egg of the Augvald left
the ship with 12 men in his boat and
it became separated from the other
lifeboat contiining 14 of the crew.
For two days the latter boat drifted
about and was then upset in a storm.
Three of the men were swept away
and the others managed to right the
boats and bale her out. They lost all
their food, fresh water and even their
oars were gone.
There was a succession of rain
storms and! the men were almost con
tinually drenched. Day after day
went by and finally July 4, the rescue
ship came over the horizon and the
exhausted and starving men were
soon safelv on the deck of the liner.
ViSuJUltaneously-.wiUithe arrival ot-f
the submarine crew, warnings were
sent out today that hostile U-boats
may be encountered between latitudes
35 and 45 north. July 5, the enemy
submarine was reported in latitude
42.32 north, longitude 43.50 west.
Neville Accepts Filings
For His Renomination
Lincoln, July 8. (Special Tele
gram.) It is now a sure enough poli
tical fight in th democratic ranks.
Governor Neville has accepted the fil
ing and petitions coming from his
home at North Platte asking for his
renomination and the old scrap with
several variations which was fought
two years ago between the governor
and Charles W. Bryan, may now be
expected to start.
State Nonpartisan League
Sets Date for Meeting
Lincoln, Neb., July 8. (Special.)
The State Nonpartisan league has,
been called to meet here Wednesday,
July 10. Mayor Miller of this city will
deliver the address of welcome, which
will be responded to by J. Ream,
Broken Bow. During the meeting
there will he addresses by members
of the State Defense council.
Concrete Ships May Now .
Be Made as Durable
As Those of Steel
Washington, July 8. Discovery
of a new protective coating which
is expected to make concrete ships
as durable as steel, was announced
today by the shipping board.
WIFE TIRES OF
She Says, Often
The life story of a prospector's
wife, who was forced to share her
husband's hard lot in a desert shack,
while he followed the magic will-o-the-wisp
of ' the endless and vain
search for gold, is revealed in the pe
tition, for divorce filed Monday by
Mrs. Edith Thompson, 1322 South
Three times, at varying lengths,
Mrs. Thompson was subjected to the
privations of desert life, her petition
recites. In a lonely shack at one
time, and in a floorless tent another
time, 25 miles from Goldfield, Nev.,
Mrs. Thompson was often forced to
spend whole days at a time without
seeing her husband from morning
until nightfall, while he was away in
the desert prospecting for gold. The
nearest woman lived six miles yway.
The only water was that brought in
ox-carts for 12 miles over the desert.
It was often stale by the time it
reached their lonely cabin. One bar
rel a month was often all that they
Rattlesnakes were no small part of
the desert privations. They often
threatened Mrs. Thompson's life, she
alleges. Field mice were such pests
that they often scampered over her
bed at night The snakes finally
RUSSIA TO BE
Newspaper Dispatches Hint
That Germany Is Laying
Plans to March Against
City of Moscow.
By Associated Press.
London, July 8. Russian-German
newspapers are now pointing to Gen
eral Savinkoff, who was war minister
in the Kcrensky cabinet, as the man
behind the von Mirbach plot, which
is being gradually developed by the
Teuton press into a great anti-German
movement, backed by all those men
whom Germany has found to be
hindrances in its plans of aggression
in Russia. A Moscow telegram cir
culated by the Wolff News bureau of
"Savinkoff is considered to be re
sponsible for the deed. He is, more
over, said to be closely connected
with, the-Czecho-Slovak and social
revolutionary movements. His where
abouts are unknown."
March on Moscow.
German newspapers are preparing
the public for a radical move against
Russia as punishment for the Mirbach
affair. Exactly what this move will
be is not as yet indicated, but Dutch
and Scandinavian newspapers hint at
a march on Moscow, and dispatches
are printed showing that German
forces now are about 300 miles west
of that city and are being heavily
German newspapers give many col
umns to developments in the Mirbach
case, particularly long telegrams from
Moscow, praising the work that
Count von Mirbach did there, and de
scribing the alleged treacherous man
ner by which the assassins gained
entrance to his office by posing as
delegates of a commission for com
batting the social revolutionist move
ment. It is stated that they fired their
revolvers, not only at Count Mirbach,
but also at German Councilor Kiez
elcr and Lieutenant Muller. who were
(Continued on Pnge Two, Column Three.) ,
Seven German Airplanes
Destroyed and Four Drowned
London, July 8. "Hazy weather in
terfering with the working on July 7
and observation was difficult," says
the regular official communication on
aerial operations toriight. "Seven
enemy airplanes were destroyed ydur-
ing tne day ana lour were driven
down out of control. Three of our
machines are missing.
"We dropped 16 tons of bombs dur
ing the day and the following night,
the principal targets attacked being
the Ostend docks and the railways at
Tournai and Courtai."
Search For -Gold,
OF DESERT TOIL
forced the Thompsons to leave.
Seven months of this life broke
down Mrs. Thompson's health and
she returned to Fremont, Neb., to
the home of her parents. A year
later she returned to her husband,
who remained obdurate to her pleas
that he give up prospecting. This
time she lived eight months in a tent.
She returned to Fremont again,
where her son, 'Leonard, was born
in 1908. At her husband's request
she returned to Goldfield again and
lived in a two-room shack for three
years, until her health again broke
down and she was forced to return
During his prospecting periods, her
husband always spent what money
he had in the vain search for gold,
the petition alleges, so that she and
her son were always insufficiently
provided for. Since 1912 Mrs. Thomp
son has been employed as a clerk in
an Omaha store and has succeeded
in paying $1,000 on a $2,200 home.
Her husband has allowed her $3,0 a
month for the support of her son,
but these payments have lapsed dur
ing the last year, she alleges, and
for 12 months he has sent her but
$50. She asks for divorce and the
custody of her son
Pershing Snipers Find
and Pick Off Germans
in lNotaoie rasnion
Washington, July 8. General
Pershing in his communique of July
6, says in part:
During the night fires occured in
the region of Etrepylly and Chateau
Belleau. The fire in the latter
region is supposed to have resulted
from the success of our artillery in
finding one of the enemy's ammuni
tion dumps. Our snipers continued
to pick off the enemy in notable
"Concerning the capture of Ger
man prisoners by our patrol north
of Vaux during the afternoon of
July 4, the following particulars are
Our patrol of three men crawled to
a house in Bois des Rochet at 2
o'clock. One man was posted as
sentry, while a corporal and the
other man entered the house. They
found one German sent to prepare
a position for a machine gun. A
second German was found hiding.
The prisoners were brought in safe
ly in spite of German snipers who
TO MEET MEN
Announce They Will Confer
With Employes This Aft
ernoon; Tell Mayor He
Officials of the Omaha & Council
Bluffs Street Railway company have
sent a letter to Mayor Smith inform
ing him he must have labored under
a misapprehension when he wired the
war board Iha'the'- streetcar em
ployes liere were willing to defer a
strike, but that the company had so
far refused to sumit the controversy
to the board.
Information came from Washington
yesterday that the War Labor board
had ordered an investigation of the
Frank T. Hamilton, vice president I
of the company, wrote as follows to
"Your telegram to the War Labor
board under date of July 7, must have
been written under a misapprehension
"The street railway company has
always been willing to meet and con
fer with i,ts employes on all matters
of grievances and is still willing to
do so. It was agreed and understood
between the representatives of the
employes and the officers of the com
pany that a committee of the em
ployes was to meet and confer with a
committee of the officers of the com
pany on last Tuesday, and at which
lime representatives of the nonunion
men did appear, hut the representa
tives of the men who had joine.l the
union refused to appear, after agree
ing to be present.
"The officers of t!.e company have
ever since been readv to receive and
hold a conference wiih its emp'oyes
and will be in session omorrow. July
9, at 2 o'clock p. m. in readiness to
receive and confer with representa
tives of any of its employes who are
willing to meet for such conference."
The company has in the past de
clined to enter into any contract with
a union, holding it has a contract
with each individual employe. '
Army of Men Fighting
Forest Fires in Idaho
And Mountain States
Missoula, Mont., July 8. With
scores of large forest fires and hun
dreds of smaller ones raging in the
wooded sections of this district of
the forestry service, including west
ern Montana and northern Idaho, of
ficials at district headquarters here
today were rallying an army of 2,000
fighters against the. flames.
The fires have driven back the fire
fighters in the Selway and Clearwa
ter forests, destroying standing tim
ber and enveloping the section in
dense smoke and flames. Here the
fighters are retiring slowly and dig
ging trnches in an effort to hold the
flames within their nresent limits.
Spokane. Wash., July 8. -Two new
fires on the Pend O'Reille river in
northern Idaho were reported today
to the local branch office of the for
estry service. One. near Cooeland
in the Kootenai valley, was reported
burning in green white pine.
Micky Finn Powders for
Customers Who Do Not Tip
Chicago, July .Ten men were
indicted today as a result of. the,
investigation of charges that waiters
administered "Micky Finn" powders
to non-tipping patrons of Chicago's
hotels and restaurants.
According to the testimony of
chemists, the powders contained
drugs which made ill, diners to
whom they were pven.
WILSON SCORES AND LOSES
ON TELEGAPH RESOLUTION
Question of Government Taking Over Property Discussed
vln The Senate and Action Postponed Until Today When
Entire Proposition Will Again Be Taken Up.
1 By Associated Press.
Washington, July 8. Efforts of the administration to
secure immediate disposal by the senate of the house resolution
authorizing the president to take over telephone, telegraph
and cable and radio systems during the war, stirred up a bitter
fight today in the upper house, in which it won and then lost
a parliamentary advantage.
FINED $100 FOR
THEFT OF SUGAR
Switchman Pays Heavy Price
for One Sack in Federal
Court; Other Cases
One hundred dollars for a sack of
sugar is the toll demanded from Carl
Bloomberg, Omaha train switchman.
He "helped himself" to a sack of
sugar from a box car in the railroad
yards. He was indicted for the theft
by the last grand jury, and was fined
$100 whcn 'he pleaded guilty Monday
in federal court.
Among other federal court rases
Monday was the trial of Benjamin
Johnson, Harrison, Neb., who pleaded
guilty to stealing an oil stove from
a freight house, and was fined $100.
Ed Riter, 1722 South First street, con
fessed to stealing coal from an inter
state shipment, and was fined $100.
The court held that "intention is
as bad as the act," and gave the same
fine of $100 each to Harry. Tague. a
clerk at C'udahy Packing company,
and to Henry McGrath, formerly a
switchman for the Union Stock Yards
company, both of whom were indicted
for breaking into a freight house in
South Omaha. .
in T i
an Beavers laken
Near Hastings, la.;
Held by Government
Earl. Beavers, who gained consid
erable notoriety several months ago,
when his alleged "booze" car was
wrecked near Council Bluffs, and an
Omaha girl, May Nace, was severely
injured in the accident, is now in the
custody of government officials m
Iowa. Omaha police identified him.
Beavers, under the name of Frank
Barnes, was arrested Monday morn
ing at Hastings, la., where he went
after aid for his broken down auto
mobile in the vicinity of that town.
Police there allege that the car was
filled with liquor, that when Tiear the
city the car stalled and Beaver went
to Hastings for help. The police ar
rested him and confiscated the car.
Later government officials took him
into custody, as well as George Gold
berg, alias Miller, who was with him.
Omaha police were notified of the
arrest, and Beavers was brought to
Council Bluffs for identification. He
was immediately returned to Hast
irgs. where his preliminary hearing
will he held Tuesday.
Police say that the car in which
Beavers was arrested Monday was
the same car that was wrecked in the
Council Bluffs accident. At that time
the car was not confiscated, but a
search was instituted for its owner, al
leged to have been Beavers. Arrest
of men thought to he Beavers were
frequent during the last several
months, but he remained at liberty
Three Men Are Killed
When Pipe on Ferry Bursts
Frankfort, Mich., July 8. Three
men were killed and two 'seriously
scalded in an explosion of a steam
pipe on the Ann Arbor car ferry No.
5 here today.
to Rake in
Washington, D. C, July 8. Owners
of Liberty bonds were warned by
the Treasury department tonight
against agents offering to exchange
bonds for stocks supposed to yield
"One of the most flagrant recent
cases is that of a man signing him
self 'Sanford Holmes, o7 Wall street,
New York,' " the department's state
ment said. "Mr. Holmes, through a
circular letter, sought the co-operation
of bankers in inducing Liberty bond
owners to trade them for a well
known stock. Such an exchange, he
said, would greatly increase the re
turns to the investor, but lie ignored
the fact it would declare him an
enormous profit and to replace Lib
crtv bonds v ith an iine-tment of
i lunch les aluc.
! "The alluring 'bok value' il the
1 stock which Mr. Holmes aimed to
Renew Fight Today.
The resolution was buffeted back
and forth between the senate, inter
state commerce committee and the
senate floor, in a stormy controversy
oyer the question of holding hearings,
or hastening senate debate and a vote.
No decision was reached or progress
made, and both factions prepared for
renewal of the struggle tomorrow.
At a meeting late today the inter
state commerce committee, with lit
tle discussion and by a vote of 4 to 3,
decided to dispense with hearings on
the resolution, and ordered it reported
to the senate without amendment or
The attempt of Chairman Smith to
report the resolution caused an up
roar of protest in the senate. After
a heated debate, Senator Hitchcock
of Nebraska, presiding temporarily,
sustained a point of order that a ma
jority, of the committee, and not of
the committeemen present, must order
a measure reported, and rejected the
Promise to Renew Fight.
Administration leaders promised to
renew their fight to avoid extended
The administration is exoected to
throw its support to a resolution, in
troduced by Senator Smith of Georgia
today, democrat, prooosinsr to have
the resolution returned immediately
from the committee to the senate and
discharging, thr -committee from -further
consideration of it -Senator
Smith said tonight he could
not state whether another meeting of
tne commerce committee would be
called immediately to further consider
Of the committee of 17 members,
Chairman Smith and Salisbury, Dele
ware; Underwood, Alabama; Lewis,
Illinois, all democrats, voted at to
day's meeting to report the resolu
tion immediately to the senate. The
three other members present, Sena
tors Pomerene, Ohio, and Myers,
Montana, democrats, and Kellogg,
Minnesota, republican, vbted in the
Other committeemen either were
out of the city or did not attend.
Orders calling off the threatened
(Continued on 0M(a Two Column Four.)
Wahoo Guards Drive
Off Men Gathered to
Paint Church Yellow
Lincoln, Neb., July 8. rfome
guards of Wahoo, Neb., were called
out List night to disperse unidenti
fied persons who had begun to apply
paint to a German Lutheran church,
south of Wahoo, according to advices
reaching here today. The "painters"
The church is located in a neigh
borhood where ther had been some
opposition to the war for a time after
America entered the fight against Ger
many, the advices said.
British Airplanes Bomb
Workshops at Luxemburg
London, July 8. The air ministry,
describing recent aerial operations,
makes the following statement:
"July 7 the fctution and factories at
Kaiserslauten were attacked. Hostile
machines were engaged over the ob
jectives and one of them was shot
down. Two of our machines are miss
ing. "July 8 the railway tation, work
shops and sidings at Luxemburg were
bombed by our squadron. Bursts
were observed in the station and also
in the workshops."
exchange, was the hook upon which
he attempted to catch. In a circular
letter sent broadcast to banks, Mr.
Holmes offered 21 shares of stock,
book value $.3,486, for $3,000 in Lib
erty bonds of any issue. Figuring
on the basis of an annual 10 per cent
return on the stock and 4 per cent
on Liberty bonds, Mr. Holmes de
clared the holder of 21 shares of the
stock would receive $90 more a year
than the holder of $3,000 in Liberty
"One important thing that Mr.
Holmes failed to state was that on
t he closing day fur his offer, 21 shares
of the stock he mentioned were worth,
including brokerage, $2,354.63 on the
Xcjv York .toek exchange, while the
ami.Mint of Liberty bonds for whieh
he proposed to trade this number of
shares of stock could have been sold
for not less than ?2,850."
SUM TO GET
Publisher of Mail and Express
Charged With Buying Stock
in Paper for German
By Associated Press.
New York, July 8.The
bondholders of the Mail and
Express company will take
possession of the Evening Mail
tomorrow morning and "we
will see to it that true Ameri
canism for which we stand will
be reflected in the columns of
the paper," said Henry L.
Stoddard, president of the
company, in- a statement to
night. New York, July 8.-Dr, Edward A
Rumely, vice president and treasure!
of the Mail and Express company,
publisher of the New York Evening .
f : i . . i , - i . '
iuaii, was arrested nere lonignt in
the office of Attorney General Lewis,
charged with perjury in a report to .
A. Mitchell Palmer, alien property
The warrant was issued by a federal
commissioner upon the complaint of
Attorney General Lewis, who -had
been conducting an investigation fot
some time into the affairs of the Mail. '
The attorney general charged thai
Rumely had purchased the stock of
the Mail and Express company in
June, 191 S, from Henry L. Stoddard,
and that in doing so he acted on
behalf .of. the imperial German gov-'
ernment. ." , , ' ? -. ,., ; j
The attorney general charged that
me uujiidii government paia to ruime-
with the purchase of the Mail, $116!,-
wu. i uc payments, it Was explained,
were concealed until their details were
discovered by investigator for the
Department of Justice and the New
York state attorney general. " '
The complaint against Dr. Rumely
charges that in making a report to
the alien property custodian regard
ing the transaction, he failed to dis
close his relation with Count. von
Bernstorff, German ambassador to the
United States, and Dr. Heinrich F. .
Albert, commercial attache of - the ,
German embassy. '
In an announcement tonight of the
arrest of Dr. Rumely. Attorney Gen- .
(Continued on Pace Two, Column Two.)
King Ak Stages Some
Show For Hamburg
and Ft. Omaha Soldiery
Rrll rtrarh. nwnrit anil tra!nrl lit
Thomas Bass, Mexico. Mo., , was. the
special feature at the Ak-Sar-Ben der.
Monday night for the entertainment
of a crowd from Hamburg, la, ano'
300 soldiers from Fort Omaha. The
horse was brousrht to Omaha hn
George Brandeis. She pranced about
the arena and' to the tune of ''Turkey
in the Straw," went gracefully
through her paces. . ' .
A burlesque dance staged by Oscar
Lieben provided a side-splitting ac-"
companimcnt to the graceful volup-1
tuousness of "Bleeda Shara," the
beautteaus vampire of the show,
The crowd stamped and roared its '
approval when the "flames of ven
geance" burst over Berlin, and, the
kaiser's towers toppled beneath the
bombs from Yankee planes.
Speakers of the evening were Alex
Crabtree, Watson, Mo.; Frank Meade,
Payne, la., and Carroll Wright, Ham
burg. It was largely through Wright's
efforts that the delegation fronvHam
burg was brought up to the den.
Wright gave a snappy address and
invited all of Omaha to stop off at,
Hamburg on its way to points in'
Sarpy county residents and the Mis
souri valley veterinarians will be the
guests at the den next Monday night.
Assistant Secretaries of War
Take on War Council Duties
Washington, July 8. Secretary
n i 4j t ,t i .t. .
oaxer toaay iotjuaiiy auousnea tne
war council and turned over its prin
cipal functions to the assistant secre
taries of war, General March, chief
of staff, and Major-General Goethals
assistant chief of staff, in charge of
purchases, storage and traffic.
The council was composed of the
heads of departmental bureaus, the
assistant secretaries and staff officers,
It was formed to aid the secretary in
dealing with war problems, but re
organization of the staff and various
other changes have left little fof it
to do, " ,
At meetings with the Shipping ,
board, War Industries, board ami ,
other departments, the War depart
ment will be represented by - Secre
tary Baker, Assistant Secretary Crow
ell. Assistant y Secretary " iritettinius,
chief of staff. General1 March and
General Goethals. . ,
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