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Hush Falls on Cabarets.-
El Paso, Tex., Oct. 16.-"Jazz"
band players and cabaret musicians
have been placed in the non-essential
class by local authorities and
the cafes here, frequented by offi
cers and their friends, are without
their usual musical setting. Some
musicians sought to evade the rul
ing, by leasing a ranch and work
ing on it in daytime, continuing to
play at the cabaretes at night. But
this only succeeded for a short time.
No Beer, No Groceries.
New Orleans, La., Oct. 16. More
than 100 grocery stores in New
t)rleans will go out of business
after the manufacture of beer is
disoncontinued December 1, accord
in" to Ar A. Larose, secretary of the
New Orleans Retail Grocers' asso
ciation. Of the more than 2,000
groceries in the city about half are
operated in connection with. saloons.
Mr. Larose states, and of this num
ber about 10 per cent almost en
tirely are supported by revenue from
Boy Birth Rate' -rows.
Los Angele , Oct. 16. A notable
instance of increase in the percent
age of boys in births in the last few
rronths reported from Blythe, Cal.,
nd the nearby Palo Verde valley.
According to Dr. V. J. Chapman,
health officer at Blythe, five times
as many boys as girls have been
born in .his section in the last two
months. He declares the children
are unusually large and well de
veloped. Reports of increases in
percentages of male births have
xme from many sections since the
United States entered the war, but
none so marked as this.
Never Forgets Mother.
- Camp Cody, ..N. ' M," Oct. r 16.
(Special ' Telegram.) Jimmie W.
McKeon, crippled newsboy at Camp
Cody, spent $7.80 to telephone his
mother in Sioux Falls, S. D., on her
birthday He always sends his
greetings this way, wherever he is.
lie came wiyh South Dakota troops
to Cody last year.
TRAP ON TURKS
.Rapid Move of British in Pal
estine Places Enemy in
Danger of Being Caught
London, Oct. 16. British cavalry
has occupied Tripoli, 45 miles north
of Beirut and Horns, about 85 miles
north of Damascus, according to an
official statement or. operations in
Palestine issued tonight.
The text of the communication
"On the occupation of Beirut by
our troops October 8. 60 Turkish
officers and 600 men of other ranks
were made prisoner. Ballbek was
entered by our armored car bat
teries October 9, and it was ascer
tained that a force of about 500
Turks had surrendered to the local
"Our advanced cavalry and
armored cars also occupied Tripoli
Sunday and Horns Tuesday without
opposition, the latter town having
been reported by our air service as
evacuated and in flames October 12.
"Ttfrkish cavalry detachments re
tiring through "Horns have been lo
. cated at El Rastan, 11 miles north.
Satisfactory conditions prevail in
the recently occupied territory."
By Associated Press.
Tripoli is near the Mediterranean
coast 45 miles north of Beirut and
Horns is 85 miles north of Damas
cus. By the new British drive there
seemingly is created for the Otto
man forces the menace of again
being caught between General Al
lenby's armies-and crushed, as was
the case in the early days of the
offensive in the region north of
Jerusalem. The maneuver also may
forecast a new drive by the British
from the Bagdad region to form a
junction .with General Allenby at
Alappo and thus take the holy land
in its entirety from the Turks.
Last Day of Loan
. To Be Celebrateck
As Pershing Day
Boston, Oct 16. Charles D.
Haines of New York announced to
day that the governors of practically
all the states had endorsed the plan
of the National Council of American
Patriots, of which he is president,
for a conntry-wide observance of
next Saturday -as "Pershing day,"
to give a fitting climax to the loan
AMERICA'S HISTORIC ANSWER: "UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER."
The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 48 NO. 104.
Entered H tMond-elaii matter May 28. 1906 at
Omaha P. 0. uadar act of March - 3, 1879
OMAHA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1918.
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For Nebraska;' Generally fair
Thursday and Friday; much cooler
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Report From Holland Says Germany Will Accept All
Wilson' Terms, Asking Only Guarantees for In
terests of German People; Great Events Fore
shadowed, Opinion at Washington.
Amsterdam, Oct. 16. Emperor William has issued a
decree saying that martial law in Germany can only be ad
ministered by an agreement between the-civil and military
authorities, according to a report received here.
Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 16. The German reichstag
will meet Friday to discuss President Wilson's note, accord
ing to the German press. '
Washington, Oct. 16. Tonight's news of Germany is
everywhere regarded as the shadow of great events being
cast before them. .
News dispatches this afternoon, under an Austrian date
line, said the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant had issued
a special edition, in which the report was published that
Germany had capitulated and Emperor William had abdi
cated. Another dispatch, under London date line, quoted
Reuters Ltd., as reporting that.the German reply to the presi
dent's, most recent note was expected to be communicated
immediately and that it was likely to constitute a general
acceptance of the conditions outlined by the president as
precedent to peace. Reports also were received' in London,
dispatches said, through diplomatic channels from Holland
that the German reply probably would be sent today and
that it would be an acceptance of President Wilson's terms
with some stipulation to the effect that the interests of the
German people must be respected.
Later the Neuwe Kotterdamascnew
Courant withdrew its statement
representing capitulation and abdi
cation of the kaiser while the Brit
ish official press bureeau announced
it had been officially informed that
such rumors had no foundation in
Kaiser's Overthrow Inevitable.
There is in Washington no offi
cial word that the kaiser has abdi
cated, or that he has been over
thrown, or that Germany is ready
to accept all of President Wilson's
Official and diplomats, cautious
and conservative by nature and
practice, regard with incredulity
the intimations that one or all of
these things has happened. Of
course," they all hope they have;
they all know that one or ill of
them are inevitable.
The official opinion in the capw
tal tonight is that coming of these
things is timed only by the un
known degree to which the Ger
man military power has been brok
en. There may be more informa
tion on that point in the chancel
lories of the allies than there is in
Ferment Working in Germany.
When President Wilson's reply
to the German peace proffer went
forth Monday night, it was pre
dicted here that if it did not bring
a complete and unconditional sur
render of the military autocracy
the German peoeple themselves
would force one.. President Wil
son's words were a plain invitation
to the German people to take such
a step and an ultimatum that there
would be no peace with kaiserites.
The coming hours will show how
the leaven has worked; the intima
tions in today's dispatches from
London, Paris and Holland sug
gest the progress of the ferment.
Most significant of all is regard
ed the report from Holland by way
of London that Germany will im
mediately reply to President Wil
son accepting all his terms and ask
ing only guarantees for the inter
ests of Germany and the German
When the German reply to Presi
dent Wilson's ncte. comes this gov
ernment's only course is to forward
it to the co-belligerents. Guaran
tees for the interests of Germany
and, the German people which may
V aslprl will not intervene as an
obstacle if guarantees are sought in
(Ceatloned oa Pace Two. Column Two.)
PLACE GROWN ON
Berlin Said to Be Debating
How Emperor Can Disap
pear Without Endanger
Paris, Oct. 16. According to a
source 'of information not without
value Berlin is considering how Em
peror William can disappear wih
out endangering the dynasty, says a
dispatch from Geneva to the Temps.
One solution being considered,
it is said, is the abdication of the
emperor in favor of his granson,
William, he eldest son of the Ger
man crown prince, with the em
peror's brother, Prince Henry, as
The Jornal Des Debats yesterday
mentioned editorially the possibil
ity of such a plan but it condemned
it as unacceptable.
Over 1,100,000 Men
Contributed by India
To the British Army
London, Oct. 16 (British Wireless
Service) General Allenby's great
victories in Palestine and Syria, in
which India has played a prominent
part, make the time opportune to
place on record the answer of India
to the call to arms issued by the
Indian troops have borne their
share of the war in France, Meso
potamia, Egypt, the Dardanelles,
Saloniki, East Africa and in Central
Asia. Up to July 31, 1918, India had
contributed no fewer than 1.115,189
men to the British army. The first
Indian war loan reached the sum
of 40,000,000, and the second loan
has reached even a greater amount.
India has sent to the various the
atres of war more than 1,500 miles
of railroad track, 250 engines and
A Message from Pershing
New York, Oct 16. A cable message from General Pershing
urging people to buy bonds which has been received here saysf
"We have toiled cheerfully against the day of battle, and the
spirit that has urged us on has been the determination to be worthy
of those whom we left behind when we crossed the seas. The news of
America awake, of the national spirit more strong, more unified, more
determined, thrills us all. It is the knowledge of that spirit which
makes us certain that our people at home will stand behind us as they
have from the beginning, so that we may return soon to you, the vic
tory won. Buy Liberty bonds to your utmost and make victory sure."
With Great Wedge
By Associated Press.
The great wedge of the allies
in Flanders is being gradually
extended eastward along the
front of attack. Thourout, at
the headof the railway leading to
Bruges, and numerous villages
to the south have been taken
while Courtrai, the junction
point of the railway to Ghent,
is entirely surrounded. Large
numbers of prisoners and many
additional guns have been cap
tured by the Belgian, French and
British troops who are carrying
out the operation.
To the south of this region
the British continue successfully-
their maneuver which has
as its main objective the capture
of Douai and Lille and the blot
ting out the big salient which
is barring the way to Valenci
ennes and the German defense
line in the vicinity.
Here the Germans are continu
ing to withdraw, closely followed
by the British, who are within
two and a half miles andtljreeand
three-quarter miles of Lille, re
spectively southwest and west of
In the Champagne region,
where the French and Americans
are driving their way northward,
further good gains have been
made, notwithstanding the furi
ous efforts of the Germans to
hold their line. Rethel, the im
portant junction point for the
railways running to Mezieres and
other points inside the enemy
held territory, is all but captured
by the French. " Eastward the
Americans;. f also have again
pressed sligi.tly forward.
CAVALRY NEARS THIELT,
1 7 MILES FROM HOLLAND,
IN CHASE OF GERMANS
TOLD OF PLANS
Germany Wanted Neutral
Strip Between Armies Dur
ing Withdrawal From
By WILBUR FORREST.
Special cable, to the New York
Tribune and Omaha Bee. (Copy
right, 1898, by the New York Tri
With the American Armies in the
Field, Oct. 16. The elements of the
German army opposing the Amer
icans have been told that all plans
for an armistice and the withdrawal
from the occupied territory have
now been arranged. The plan em
braces the withdrawal of the Ger
man troops 20 kilometers while the
allied armies withdraw 10 kilo
meters; then, with a neutral strip of
30 kilometers between the armies,
the general withdrawal commences,
the allied armies halting 10 kilo
meters from the German frontier
until peace is signed.
An American sergeant captured
by the Germans Wednesday was
taken considerable distance to the
German rear by his captors, given
biscuits and liquor ration and then
turned loose. His captors said that
the war would soon be over and
they did not want to bother with
prisoners. The sergeant regained
our lines at darkness without diffi
culty. Young Woman of Omaha
Dies; About to Cross Seas
New York, Oct. 16. Miss Ruby
Smith of Omaha, Red Cross ste
nographer, about to sail for France,
died here tonight at the Presbyter
ian hospital of pneumonia follow
ing influenza. She was a daughter
of W. E. Smith of Macedonia, la.
Peaks White With Snow.
Reno, Oct. 16. The high Sierra
Nevada mountains west of here are
white with snow, far down their
sides, that fell last night and early
this morning. Mount Rose, the
highest peak in Nevada, is glitter
ing in a regular winter coat
Dual Monarchy, in
Fear of Czechs, Plants
Guns in City Streets
London, Oct 16. A dispatch to
the Central News from Amsterdam
says in Prague the streets from the
suburbs to the city proper are oc
cupied by troops armed with hand
grenades and machine guns in con
sequence of a threat by the Czechs
to call a general strike throughout
Bohemia. . The dispatch adds that
pamphlets have been circulated de
claring that a Czech republic will be
IS ADMITTED BY
Man Power Reduced by 30
Divisions Since August and
By Associated Press.
With the American Army in the
Laon Area, Oct. 16. The first news
that reached the inhabitants of Laon
of the radical change in the military
situation came from German officers
who had, after the victories of the
allies, already ceased to agree with
the Berlin military critics whose ar
ticles proclaiming Germany un
beaten are now being circulated by
wireless. With an utter lack of cau
tion, which the hearer took as a
betrayal of despair, the officers
opened their minds and bared their
hearts in the presence of people who
had felt their oppression for four
Before a man in. whose House they
were billeted and who understood
the German language, German offi
"The central empires are no longer
able to stand out against the whole
world. Hard times are in store for
the fatherland unless peace is ob
4,600 Cannon Captured.
Without a word of regret for op
pression of the people whose roofs
had sheltered them, they talked with
unconcealed anguish of the possi
bility that their own people might
also feel the hardships of invasion.
These direct confessions of de
(Contnned on Page Two, Column Six.)
German Council Votes
To Take War Making
Power From Kaiser
Copenhagen, Oct. 16 Germany's
federal council has accepted the
proposed amendment to the consti
tution, makirfg it read:
"The consent of the federal coun
cil and the reichstag is required for
a declaration of war in the empire's
name, except in a case where im
perial territory has already been in
vaded or its coasts attacked."
Another section was amended to
"Treaties of peace and treaties
with foreign states which deal with
affairs coming under the compe
tence of the imperial law giving
bodies require the consent of the
federal council and the reichstag."
Mrs. SundayJII With Flu
At Home in Winona Lake
Wednesday night Dr. W. F. Call
fas received a letter from Billy Sun
day, written from Providence, R. I.,
and in which he stated that Mrs.
Sunday is at their home in Winona
Lake, Ind., very ill with Spanish
"flu," and that she is threatened with
pneumonia. Her temperature at
the time of writing the letter, Mr.
Sunday stated was 104 degrees.
Foe Running So Fast Pursuing Infantry
Loses Touch With Them; Allied Troops
Are Gradually Outflanking Entire
Lille and Douai Salient.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS.
With the Allied Armies in Belgium, Oct- 1 6.-The Germans hate started a
retreat on a tremendous scale from northern Belgium. French cavalry is ap
proaching Thielt, seven miles rrom the banks of the Ghent-Bruges canal. The
canal itself is only 10 miles from the border of Holland.
So fast is the enemy retreating that the French, British and Belgianjnfantry,
at least in the center of the battle front, has lost touch entirely with the enemy.
The Belgians, advancing astride the Thourout-Bruges and Thourout-Os-tend
roads have defeated the Germans, who are retreating raidly.
' This undoubtedly is one of the war s greatest and most
vital victories, for the gallant little Belgian army, ably as
sisted by crack French and British troops, now has driven
the despoilers of its country from a large section which the
Germans have occupied since the early days of the war and
has gained positions of such importance that the Germans
may have to abandon the entire coast of Belgium.
LILLE SALIENT GROWING DEEPER.
Moreover the sweeping advance of the allied infantry,
preceded by a fan of French cavalry advancing rapidly, has
left the entire-area in which are the important city-of Lille
and the great mining and manufacturing districts of Turco
ing, Roubaix and Tournai, in a salient which is growing
deeper every hour and which the enemy cannot hope to hold.
The French cavalry, which is on the crest of the allied
advance, has done marvelous work. Today it galloped for
ward more than 10 kilometers, frequently carrying out
charges with a dash usually associated with cavalry upon
isolated posts of enemy machine gunners which vainly at
tempted to hold up its advance. Some of these gunners,
taken prisoner, said they were totally unable to understand
why the war was going on and why they were called upon
to continue fighting. One officer said : "We have offered
all the terms in the world for peace; nobody seems willing
to accept them."
RESISTANCE FIERCE IN PLACES.
Resistance, where it has been offered by the enemy, has
been "extraordinarily fierce, for in these places it obviously
has been the purpose of the commanders of the fleeing Ger
mans to gain time in which to remove their materials. Stub
born fighting has been reported, especially from he region k
of Thourout. The battle here has been from street to street
and house to house, and large numbers of the enemy have
been killed. Some Belgian forces have swept around the
city in order to cut the roads at the rear and also assist in
bottling up the enemy trying to hold out in the city itself.
TAKE GRAND PRE
ON AIRE RIVER
Junction of Railways Feeding
Great Part of German
Army Falls Into Amer
With the American Army North
west of Verdun, Oct. 16. The
American troops today occupied the
town of Grand Pre, on the north
bank of the Aire river north of the
Since early last night rain has
fallen over the entire field Of com
bat, converting roads and trenches
into muddy canals.
Aviation was impossible today and
the artillery fire was directed entire
ly maps except in rare instances
when direct fire was used
Grand Pre is only a village and its
normal population is less than 1,500,
but the place is of great strategic im
portance. It is the junction of the railways
feeding a great part of the German
army and lies at the foot of the
valley extending northward, at the
entrance of which the Germans have
fought so stubbqrnly.
French Take Talma.
Paris, Oct. 16. Northwest of
Sissonne in Champagne the French
have captured the town of Notre
Dame De Liesse and west of Grand
Pre have taken the village of Talma,
according to the official communica
tion issued by the war office to
New Ship Every Day.
Washington, Oct. 16. Eight ships
of 42,350 deadweight tons were de
livered to the shipping board for the
week ending October 11, the board
announced today. Five ships were
steel and three wood.
Shot by an Official
Of Russian Soviet
Amsterdam, Oct. 16. Another at
tempt has been made on the life of
Lenine, the bolshevik premier, ac
cording to the Kiev correspondent
of the Leipzig Abend Zeitung.
Lenine received a bullet in the
shoulder from a revolver in the
hands of M. Dwanitzke, of the in
formation bureau of the soviet
Dwanitzke was arrested.
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The Germans had placed machine
gufis in the windows of houses tnd
cellars and fired murderous streams
of bullets into the advancing Bel
gians but were unable to stop them.
The Belgians fought with a dogged
determination such as only troops
fighting to regain their outraged
country could display. Nothing
could stop them.
British Capture Linsellei.
The British, following up the re
treating Germans and , overcoming
the rear guards, are reported as
reaching Quesnoy and as ' having
captured Linselles, along the'Lys.
The Belgians at the time this dispatch
was filed were reported to be past
Keyem and to 'have reached posi-'
tions dn the other side of Cachten
and Ardoye. both of which they
captured. Northeast of Courtrai,
Bavichove was stormed and taken
and the Belgians were still going.
The Linselles position is most
valuable for, the place being north
west of Turcoing, the allied troops
are gradually outflanking the. en
tire Lille salient, from which there
are further signs that the enenty
is withdrawing. As a matter of
fact, his troops in-this salient ire
in an extremely precarious position.
They must get out rapidly or face'
disasrious consequences. ' v
A thousand more prisoners and
many more cannon have been cap
Germans Surrendering Freely.
The Germans at many places, es-J
necially in the northern part of thnO
battle area, seem to be surrendeiti
e i- r - m
ing irceiy. N Many more ClViliant V.
have been rescued from the towvf A
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