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MEETS ADVANCE OF
tfeantime Main Bodies of Enemy Army Continue Toward
AUne, to North of Which They Hope to Reach
Haven of Safety; Big Guns Brought Into Play.
By Associated Press.
The Germans now are imposing strong opposition to the
farther advance of the allied troops along the Vesle river from
the east of Soissons to the region west of Rheims.
Meantime the main bodies of the enemy army continue to
make their way toward the Aisne, to the north of which stream
they hope somewhere to reach a haven of safety from the per
sistent onslaught of the allied troops, which in less than three
weeks have all but blotted out the Soissons-Rheims salient.
Notwithstanding the bringing into play by the enemy of
large numbers of machine guns and artillery of heavier calibers,
the employment of large numbers of picked troops, including
the well-tried Prussian guards and the Bavarians ? and in spite
of the fact that the rains have sent the Vesle out of bounds and
turned the lowlands into quagmires, the Americans and the
other allied troops have forced crossings of the river at a num
ber of new points and on the north side of the stream are en
gaging the enemy.
The latest French official communi
cation, which recently ha9 been ex
tremely modest in chronicling gains
made by the allies, says that Monday
saw only local engagements and that
the situation on the battle front is
without change. Correspondents with
the allied headquarters say that at
several points between Sermerse, east
of Soissons and Fismes, and between
Fismes and Muizon the French and
Americans have taken further ground
across the Vesle and have nullified
German counter attacks delivered in
tween Muizon and Champigny the
Prussian guard and the Bavarians
again suffered casualties in their ef
forts to hold back their antagonists.
The Germans are jealously guard
ing this part of the line, an advance
through which to any considerable
depth would compel them Jo entirely
lose their hold on the territory.
Another Pincer in Sight.
Washington, Aug. 5. Continuation
of the , German withdrawal to the
Aisne line is anticipated by army
officers here. The fact that the Vesle
hav,been crossed in several places
eems to make it certain that no
verv detenmnea stand is 10 De ex
The French are already on the
flanks of the German forces in the
Vesle-Aisne triangle, having passed
to the north bank of the Aisne near
Soissons and across the Vesle near
Rheims. The development of a triple
jaw pincer attack such as that which
routed the enemy on the Ourqc and
with the American first army corps
again forming the center jaw, is in
dicated by the operations so far re
ported. The situation about Soissons, where
the French have pushed well out to
the northeast of the city after cross
ing the Aisne, is full of interesting
possibilities to observers here. It
may be the purpose of this movement
is to gain such a position in the rear
of the Aisne line as to force the
enemy to abandon that naturally
strong defensive position without a
Ship Building Epoch
At Philadelphia When
Mrs. Wilson Is Sponsor
Philadelphia, Aug. 5. America to
day began to replace the tonnage
sunk by German submarines in the
days before the allied shipyards had
reached a production equal to the
toll of the U-boats.
With the launching of the 7,500-
. ton Quistconck, sponsored by Mrs.
Woodrow Wilson, the stage of
quantity production was reached.
From this time forward the increas
ing output of vessels will not merely
offset the naval efforts of Germany,
but will steadily make up the defi
ciency in world tonnage.
The Quistconck is the first ship to
be launched from the great Hogvlsl
and shipyard and the, occasion was
made worthy of the "epoch in the na
tion's history," which Chairman Hur-
' ley of the shipping board declared it
marked. Mrs. Wilson was given a
basket of pink roses by William Mc
Millen, the .man who drove the first
rivet in the Quistconck. Mrs. Wilson
dropped her bouquet of orchids to
(hake hands with McMillen.
Finance Crop Movement.
- Washington, Aug. 5. To help
jinarice crop movement, the War
Finance corporation announced today
it would welcome applications from
banks for loans to cover advances by
the banks to farmers and merchants
for harvesting and marketing wheat
nd ether crops. Loans will be limited
to four months and will carry inter
est at 6 per cent per annum
ALL THE LATEST WAR NEWS BY ASSOCIATED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE
The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 48. NOM2.S
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OF HEAT WAVE
Record Temperature of Sunday
s Not Reached, But Scorch
ing Wind Continues Over
Washington, Aug. 5. Relief is
not in sight from any quarter from
the heat wave which has overspread
the entire country east of the
Rocky mountains, bringing record
high temperatures today to the mid
dle west, it was tonight said at the
weather bureau. The heat area to
morrow will overspread the eastern
and middle Atlantic states, causing
still higher temperatures than those
Chicago reported a temperature
of 100 degrees. The heat wave will
be broken only by thunder storms
first appearing in the west or by a
high pressure area from Alaska,
neither of which are in sight, it
Monday Some Cooler.
Monday failed by six degrees of at
taining the record temperature which
was registered on Sunday. The read
ing at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon
was 104, instead of the 110 of the
previous day for Omaha.
The lower temperature was almost
as burdensome, however, as was the
high period of Sunday, as the with
ering wind continued throughout the
day. Discouraging reports continued
to arrive from all parts of the corn
belt, heavy losses being predicted
from the effect of the neat and the
The excessive heat was genera? for
the two days through the Mississippi
and Missouri valleys. Des Moines.
Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, all
reported great heat and burning
winds. Des Moines matched Omaha
exactly on both days.
High Point In State.
The record Nebraska reading was
reported from Fremont, where 115
was recorded on Sunday and 110 on
Monday. Fairbury had 113 Sunday.
Colonel Welsh, meteorologist of
the local station, holds out little hope
of any immediate lowering of the
temperature. He also states that
there are no indications of rain.
Points in the corn belt which have
recently been without rain are in
great danger of a serious, if not al
most total shortage in the crop as a
result of the hot wind of Sunday, es
pecially if the same conditions con
tinue, as there is every reason to
believe will be the case.
Too Early to Estimate.
That the Nebraska corn crop was
damaged by the hot wind Sunday and
Monday goes without saying, but in
what extent none of the local crop ex
perts at this time are able to say. At
the offices of both the Burlington and
the Union Pacific it is asserted that it
will be some days before the extent
of the damage can be ascertained.
Southwest Still Sizzling.
Kansas City, t Mo., Aug. 5. Tem
peratures generally 2 to 4 degrees
lower than those of yesterday were
reported from Missouri, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Texas to the weather
bureau here tonight, but prospects
are for continued warm weather, it
was stated. Practically all reports
from Missouri cities gave maximums
over 100 degrees, but Texas points
are dropping below that figure.
JTWaX iK OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST
British Decoy Ship Leads
Submarine Into Trap
That Proves Fatal.
iBy Associated Press.
London, Aug. 5. A story of a fight between s British de
coy ship and a German submarine was told by Sir Eric Geddes,
first lord of the admiralty, at a concert held for the American
The decoy, known as "950," had the appearance of a dingy
old collier, with a crew which was suitably attired. This ship
sailed into the Atlantic and finally sighted a German submarine.
The decoy turned and ran away, but the submarine overhauled
her and opened fire. Some of the German shells fell on the
decoy's deck and members of the crew were wounded and
The decoy's deck had been set on fire and the magazine
exploded, hurling one of her guns in the air.
The submarine had now swung around in front of the de
coy. The captain of the decoy signaled to a man-of-war which
had been keeping below the horizon and then unmasked the
forward gun and shelled the submarine. One projectile tore
away the enemy's conning tower and another hit her in the
hull. She sank after the fight had lasted five hours.
The warship which had been keeping out of sight, hurried
up and rescued the crew of the decoy.
"Admiral Sims and I have more ways than one of trapping
submarines," concluded Sir Eric.
TOO MUCH WHEAT
PUTS BURNS PIES
UNDER FOOD BAN
Food Head Orders Making of
Products, Save Bread and
Rolls, by Local Bakery
Orders to stop baking anything but
bread and rolls were issued Monday
by the state food administration to
the Jay Burns Baking company,
Twentieth and Cuming streets. The
order went into effect at once, and
means that the company must shut
down immediately its large pie de
partment, which daily turns out thou
sands of pie.
The order was issued by A. C. Lau,
deputy state food administrator for
Nebraska, on advices from Washing
ton. The company is ordered to ap
pear Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock
to show cause why the order should
net be made permanent.
E. B. Ransom, secretary and treas
urer of the company, upon whom the
order was served in the absence of
Jay Burns, who is out of the city,
said last night:
"We have as yet received no in
formation as to the reason for the
food administration's order. Of
course, we will comply with the or
der. I feel sure, however, that there
is some misunderstanding somewhere,
for our company has conscientiously
tried to be patriotic and to obey all
That accusations of the excessive
use of wheat flour in baked products
other than bread and rolls lie the
basis of the order of the food ad
ministration seems to be indicated by
the added request that the company
produce on Thursday figures show
ing the amount of wheat flour and
other flour used in products other
than bread and rolls since January
As the company bakes nothing but
bread, rolls and pies, excessive use
of wheat flour in baking pies would
sem to form the basis of the accusa
tion. New York Man Indicted
For Misusing thr Mails
New York. Aucr Jv TarnK Sim,
Herzeig, who under the name of
Georee Graharrt Rice. U said tn tiavp
done a stock brokerage business of
$10,000,000 during the last year, was
mcuctea toaay by a federal grand
jury on a charge of using the mails
to defraud. Herzeig had previously
been indicted by a county grand jury
on five charges of grand larceny.
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SUNK BY SUBS ON
Steamer 0. B. Jennings Shelled
Sunday; Majority of Crew
Rescued; U-Boats Active
By Associated Press.
Washingtpn, Aug. 5. German sub
marines now are operating at two
widely separated points along the
Atlantic seaboard one in the impor
tant sea lane off the Virginia coast,
where the American tank steamer
O. B. Jennings was sunk Sunday, and
the other in Canadian waters where
fishing smacks and other unimportant
craft have been destroyed.
Presence of another raider in the
waters off the middle Atlantic coast,
where in May and June upwards of
20 vessels were sunk, became known
today when the Navy department an
nounced the sinking of the Jennings
and the landing of from 30 to 32
members of the crew at Norfolk, by
an American patrol boat. A second
small boat from the tanker with the
captain and 13 men is missing, but
as the weather has been good, offi
cials confidently hope it will be
Operated in Canadian Waters.
The submarine which has been op
erating for several days to Canadian
waters is believed by officials to have
sowed the mines of foreign manufac
ture picked up off the coast of Long
Island after the armored cruiser San
Diego was sunk near Fire Island,
N. Y., July 19. Belief of officials that
one of these mines caused the de
struction of the cruiser was confirmed
today by the report of the naval court
of inquiry, which expressed the
opinion that the loss of the ship "was
due to an external explosion of a
The captain and 13 members of the
crew of the American tank steamer
O. B. Jennings, sunk Sunday by a
German submarine off the Virginia
coast, have arrived safely at Norfolk,
Va., the Navy department announced
tonight. The 14 men with the 30
previously reported as having been
landed accounts for all the members
of the tanker's crew.
Indict Big Packing
Firms for Conspiracy
On Freight Rebates
New York, Aug. 5. Charged with
conspiracy in allowing and accepting
over a five-year period rebates on
freight charges for live stock ship
ments, the Pennsylvania Railroad
company, Armour & Co., Swift & Co.
and the Jersey City Stock Yards
company were indicted by a federal
grand jury today. The offenses are
alleged to have been committed be
tween November, 1912. and Decem
The rebates complained of, the
federal charges state, were on ship
ments from Chicago. East St. Louis,
South Omaha, Kansas City. Louis
ville and other locations of Armour
and Swift dressing stations.'
Glenn Harmon, Chappell,
Killed On French Front
In the second casualty list issued
Monday at Washington, Corp. Glenn
W. Harmon. Chappell, Neb., was
listed as killed in action.
Freidrich W. Schneider, Plymouth.
Neb., was another Nebraska boy who
appeared on the casualty list as killed
6, 1918. TTifa?'t$ti&
BRITISH VESSEL CARRYING
600 PATIENTS MM fRANCE
VICTIM Of RUTHLESS ENEMY
Latest Photograph of
When France celebrated the fourth
anniversary of her entrance into the
great war on the fourth of August,
the name of General Ferdinand Foch.
commander-in-chief of the allied
armies on the field of battle, was
the one foremost in the minds and
hearts of the French people. This is
his latest photo.
MAY REGISTER IN
DRAFTON SEPT. 5
Crowder Urges Immediate En
actment of Man Power Pro
gram; Estimated 2,388,
845 in Class One.
Washington, Aug. 5. Provost Mar
shal General Crowder today urged
the immediate enactnienr of the ad
ministration's man power program
which was introduced in, both houses
of congress and suggested September
5 as registration day for the 13,000,
000 men between the ages of 18 and
45 whose names are not already on
the nation's selective service list.
Unless immediate steps are taken
to provide additional men, General
Crowder said the weekly registration
of men as they attain 21 years of age
will be necessary to fill the draft
ouotas after September 1 when only
100,000 of the 1918 registrants will be
Upon the introduction of the bill.
Chairman Chamberlain announced
that the senate military committee
would meet tomorrow. He said he
did not think hearings would be nec
essary and only three or four days
should be required to report the bill.
Chairman Dent of the bouse commit
tee said since only three memberg ot
his committee are in Washington, it
was doubtful whether the bill could
be acted upon before the bouse re
convenes on August 19.
Suggestions made on the senate
floor by Senator Curtis of Kansas,
that the senate abandon its program
of recesses and perfunctory sessions
until August 24, if the bill can be fa
vorably reported by the committee
within a few days were" endorsed by
Senator Chamberlain. However,
senate leaders now in the city said
any plans to this effect would be held
it- abeyance until the committee could
determine just how much time would
be necessary for a thorough discus
sion of the bill.
The bill would amend the present
selective act so as to require the reg
istration of all men berween 18 and
20 years, and 32 and 45 year inclu
sive. While the total number of men
;n the latter classes would total 10.
028,973. General Crowder estimates
the total number who would be eligi
ble for class one would only be 601.
236, owing to exemption for depend
ents or industrial and physical rea
sons" Between 18 and 20 years his
estimates show that 3,171,771 would
register, while 1,787,609 men would be
eligible for claA m
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More Than 130 Sick and
Nurses, Dead in One of Most Harrowing Disasters
in History of Submarine Warfare; Amer-
icans on Board Saved.
By Associated tress.
A British Port, Aug. 5. The torpedoing early Saturday -morning
of the British ship Warilda was one of the most har
rowing disasters in the history of submarine warfare. The
number of dead is variously estimated from 105 to 13U ana up
wards and includes several women nurses.
The ship carried 600 sick and wounded. Among them were
seven Americans, two officers and five enlisted mer,, all of whom
have been accounted for.
There were aboard 89 nurses and members of the Volun-
lary wu ucpaiimciit aim mo
More than 650 survivors,
o'clock, were given first aid treatment, food and clothing. The
patients were placed aboard special trains and sent to hospitals.
UNITE TP OPPOSE
Organization of People's Army
To Restore Battle Front
Against Germany Is Pro( : -'
" ' ceeding Successfully.
Amsterdam, Aug. 5. Government
circles in Moscow are agitating for
a temporary union with Germany,
according to a letter from that city
dated July 26, which is printed in
the Frankfort Gazette.
Washington, Aug. 5. Consolida
tion of the political factions in Si
beria opposed to the soviet govern
ment ,and the liberation of ten ad
ditional Siberian cities from the bol
sheviki through the combined efforts
of the Czecho-Slovaks and the mili
tary organizations of the Siberian
government, were announced in dis
patches received, here today by the
Russian embassy from Omsk.
Organization of a people's army to
re-establish with allied help the battle
front against Germany, is proceeding
successfully, the dispatches said, and
everywhere the population is manifest
ing "vivid interest and sympathy"
with the movement The relations be.
tween the new army and the Czecho
slovaks were described as brotherly.
It also announced that the tempo
rary government of Siberia, organized
at Vladivostok and said not to be dif
ferent from the United Siberian gov
ernment at Omsk, has made a public
statement of its political aims as fol
Creation of Russia's army to fight
Recognition of all the international
treaties and agreement of Russia with
friendly nations which were in force
when the bolsheviki overthrew the
Creation of all Russian central au
thority, which will bt recognized.
Re-establishment of local and muni
Enforcement of guarantees of indi
vidual liberty and the right of pri
London, Aug. 5. The semi-official
Russian newspapers, Pravda and lz
vestia, declare that Siberia intends
formally to declare war on the soviet
government within a few days, ac
cording to an Exchange Telegraph
dispatch from Copenhagen.
U-Boat Has Running
Fight With Tankers;
One Sunk, Crew Saved
Halifax, Aug. 5. The Standard Oi!
company's tank steamer Lua Blanca
was torpedoed and sunk 40 miles
west of this port today after a thrill
ing three hours' battle with a German
The crew took to their small boats
where they were shelled by the sub
marine, but escaped without being
hit The chief cook and the chief
steward of the tanker, however, were
kiled when the explosion of the Ger
man's torpedo smashed the steamer's
A second oil tanker, which was 10
miles astern of the Luz Blanca when
the battle opened, escaped by rushing
full speed to a Canadian Atlantic port
THE WEATHER j
For Nebraska Partly
cloudy; shower north and.
west; east warm.
1 p. in.
t p. m.
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4 p. m.
10 . m...
11 a. m...
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7 p. m..
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Wounded, Including Several
new tuiupnacu auvui v mwi. ;
brought here shortly atter b
? PLUNUUD 1NTU ,
The torpedo struck the after part
of the engine room, killing the third
engineer and two other members of
the engine room force.' The dynamo
was destroyed, plunging the vessel
Just over the dynamo was the ward
room which contained more than 100
patients. Most of these were killed .
outright by the explosion and the ,
others, many of whom had been ?
freshly injujed by the torpedo, found
themselves trapped. It was impossi-.
ble for outside aid to reach them and
all, except a few who jumped over
board and were picked P perished
This part of the ship quickly settled
and water flooded the ward r5o"m.'
drowning the men caged there.
Stories of the fearful struggle in
the darkness to rescue helpless in
valids are told by survivors. The
ship remained afloat more ' than two
hours, but for a great part of the
time continued under headway be
cause the engines could not be
stopped. This condition ' greatly
hampered the rescue work and in ad
dition three or four boats were
smashed while being lowered, throw
ing their occupants into the sea.
Heroism of Crew, ,
. All the soldier patients and' the
nurses testify to fbe heroic efforts of
officers and crew. Notwithstanding
the excitement and confusion which
were increased by the inky darkness,
the crew under the masterly direc
tion of the officers went coolly and
methodically about the difficult task
of bringing the sick and wounded up
on deck. As many, as could be
handled in. this manner were placed
n slings and lowered to the escortine
destroyers, which, by wonderful sea
manship in the rough water, managed
to work in close enough, to the sink
ing ship to take off men by lowering
The morale of the wounded, lying
on deck waiting to he taken off. is
described by members of the crew as
"too fine tor words." They never
cornplained and they never urged the
rescuers to hurry.
The less seriously disabled assisted
their more unfortunate mates to go
first. Women were placed in the first
boats lowered, notwithstanding their
protests, that they should not precede
the patients. One boat containing six
women was thrown against another
just before touching the water and
upset. Three women from the cap-
(ConttaiiKd on Pace Two, Column One.)
In Auto Stage Two
v Daring Robberies
Two 19-year-old automobile ban
dits staged a pair of daring robberies
between 10 o'clock and midnight
. In the first robbery the two young
men stopped the car containing Mr.
and Mrs. Earl B. Smith, 1605 Mis
souri avenue, and Mrs. Smith's
brother at a dark spot in the road be
tween Avery and Albright.
As soon as the Smiths stopped one
of the bandits drew a revolver and
made the party line up beside the car.
They took a pocketbook from Mr.
Smith containing $24. s
Two young men of the same de
scription in the same kind of auto
mobile drove up before the Bautn
drug store, 2816 North Sixteenth
street, at midnight just as James A.
Baum, the proprietor, was preparing
to lock up. One of them ' covered
Baum while the other took $10 from
the cash register. The pair then
drove west on Corby street
Huns Proud Over "Defeat"
Of Fighters Like U. S. Men
Amsterdam. Aug. -5. "Ameri an
troops who have been employed ' in
battle have shown themselves to be
thoroughly good fighters," remarks
the Berlin correspondent of the
Cologne Volks Zeitung.
"That enhances the success whirh
our brave troops and their com
manders have attained," he adds
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