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BAKER ASKS, EXTRA
MONTH'S PAY FOR ARMY
Washington, Dec. 5. Congress
was urged today by Secretary
Baker, in a letter to Chairman Dent,
of the house military committee, to
authorize the payment of a gratuity
of one month s pay to all soldiers,
army nurses and army field clerks
Later a bill was introduced by Mr
Dent containing these provisions.
Men in the regular army would re
ceive the money as soon as possible
and the others would receive the
gratuity on discharge.
MISS BAKSA CLEARED
OP CHARGE OF MURDER
New York, Dec. 5. Without tak
ing the stand in her own defense,
Elizabeth Baksa, the 19-year-old
Freemansburg, Pa., girl on trial for
the murder of her boarding house
keeper here, was acquitted this af
ternoon at the direction of Judge
When James Regan, Sing Sing
convict, called in rebuttal by the
prosecution, persisted in his story as
a witness for the defense that he had
killed Mrs. Helen Hamel last Febru
ary, afterward threatening Miss
Baksa's life when she discovered the
crime, the court ruled that the evi
dence need not be presented to the
"Thank God they knew I was in
nocent." the youthful prisoner cried
when informed that she was free
After her sobs had subsided the girl
declared she would return tomorrow
to her Pennsylvania home, adding
that "A country girl has no business
in New York."
RURAL MAIL TO BE USED
IN WAR ON HIGH PRICES
Washington, Dec. 5. Plans for
an assault on the high cost of living,
by extension of rural parcel post
through the use of the army motor
trucks were explained today bv As
sistant Postmaster General Blake
sAe to the house postoffice commit
tee. Mr. Blakeslee, in asking for $8,
000,000 for the rural service for the
year beginning July 1 next, said
trucks for the proposed service
ould be turned over by the War
department witho t change. Truck
trains, he added, could make postal
rates compete with freight rat?s.
STEER BRINGS $3,350.
Chicago, Dec. 5. The sum of
$3,350 was paid for the champion
yearling steer of the International
Live Stock exposition, "Fyvie
night," today by Wilson and
Company, to offer to President
Poincare of France and be served
at a banquet to President Wilson
an tl the peace delegates at Paris.
Shipping space has already been
The steer, which was raised at
Furdue, was sold at the stock show
at the rate of $2.50 a pound, said
to be the highest price ever paid for
Edward Morris, jr bidding
against J. Ogden Armour, bought
the champion carload lot of cattle
owned by J. W. Frazier, Hardin",
III., for 50 cents a pound.
LEADER ON WAY TO U. S.
Tokio, Dec. 5. (By Associated
Press.) Madame Catherine Bresh
kovskaya, "grandmother of the rev
olution," arrived here yesterday
from Vladivostok on her ay to the
'United States. Madame Bresh
koyskaya said that on her visit to
Washington she desired to meet
President Wilson, to whom she will
narrate conditions in European Rus
sia and Siberia.
Chicago, Dec. 5. A campaign"
for "Universal Baby Training" was
begun by the American Association
for the Study and Prevention of In
fant Mortality at the opening of a
three-day session today.
Mrs, v William Lowell Putman of
Boston advocated clinics at which
child birth cases would be taken
care of at a nominal fee for families
with incomes between $1,000 and
$2,000 a year. She declared the
most neglected child was the baby
of middle class parents.
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FLU DEATH TOLL
GROWING IN DENVER
Denver, Dec. 5. The greatest
number of deaths front 'influenza re
ported any one day to the city bur
eau of vital statistics since the epi
demic began here on October 6
was recorded for the 24-hour period
ending at noon today, when 37 burial
permits had been issued with influ
enza given as the cause of death.
W. C. T. U. TO RAISE
FUND OF $1,000,000.
Chicago, Dec. 5. The executive
committee of the V. C. T. U. began
a campaign today to raise a fund of
T1000.0C0 part of which will be used
to enlarge the executive head
quarter, of the organization in
Washington. Thirty thousand new
members have been enrolled during
the last year.-it.was announced.
Cleveland Car Strike
Ends; Women to Be
Dismissed from Jobs
Cleveland. O.. Dec. 5. After be
ing session five hours and follow
ing an address by Mayor Davis, the
striking street car men late this af
ternoon voted to accept the proposi
tion of President Stanley of the
Cleveland Railway company where
by the men return to work and the
company agreed to dismiss the wo
cen conductors by March 1, provided
the men return to work at once.
Springfield (III.) Carmen
, Strike for Increased Paw
Springfield. 111., Dec. 5. Motor
men and conductors on the Illinois
Traction system went on strike at
midnight, turning in their cars at
the end of their runs. The men seek
a wage increase from 45 to 65 cents
er hour- ,
TO BE PUT
Cannot Escape Because Their
Heads Were Crowned, Says
Lloyd George in Speech
Announcing His Policy.
London, Dec. 5. David Lloyd"
George, the prime minister, tonight
in the election campaign, gave a
restatement of his policy. In it he
declares that the men responsible
for the war cannot escape because
their heads were crowned, but that
they must be tried by an interna
tional court. Mr. Lloyd George also
declared himself in favor of the ex
pulsion and exclusion of all enemy
To Abolish Conscription.
Dundee, Dec. 5. The British re
presentatives at the peace confer
ence will demand general and abso
lute abolition of conscription
Winston Spencer Churchill made
this announcement in a speech here
Agree Upon Plans.
Paris, Dec. 5. (Havas.) There
is complete agreement between the
allies on all questions, particularly
that concerning the former German
emperor, declared Premier Clemen
ceau on his return from London' last
night. He expressed deep satisfac
tion over the important results ob
tajned a4 the conference.
Col. E. M. House of the Amencan
peace delegation, who has been rep
resenting President Wilson is con
ferences here, now is fully conver
sant with the decisions taken by the
supreme war council at its meeting
at London, which he unable to at
tend on account of illness.
Will Scrutinize Documents.
Copenhagen, Dec. 5. The Berlin
government has ordered a search
among the private documents of the
former emperor for matter relating
to the outbreak of the war.
Demand 94,000,000 Marks.
Amsterdam. Dec. 5. The Dus-
seldorf Nachrichten, a copy of which
has been received here, says Gen.
Nudant, president .of the French
armistice commission at Spa, has
presented a note to the German com
mission, demanding for the first
month for' the British troops ot oc
cupation 40,000,000 marks and for the
French troops D4,uuu,wu marks.
War Labor -Board Puts
Bound to Its Activities
Washington, Dec. 5. Actions tw-
f re .the war labor bri hereafter
will be limited to cases in which the
parties agree to joint submission,
the board decided today, after con
ferences with the secretary of jabor.
All complaints tilled after J .cem-
ber 5 involving industrial contro
versies will be referred for action
to the bureau of mediatio and conciliation.
Von Mackemen Flees,
Leaving to His Staff
Care of His Troops
Business Men of Omaha Join
In Appeal to Street Car Men
Omaha retailers and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce both
issued appeals yesterday to street railway employes to return to work,
"Omaha, Dec. 5. To Employes of Omaha and Council Bluffs .
Street Railway Co.: "Until we heard Thursday morning the decision
of the war labor board, the retailers of Omaha, who are suffering
a heavy loss of business because of the street car strike, silently
viewed the situation and said nothing either way.
"Since, however, the board has made its decision, and has advised
the men that the agreement they made before the board was still in
effect, we feel we should say something in the way of an appeal to the
men. We reached our decision upon learning the war labor board
had also advised and requested the men to return to work.
"The retailers, who do a big credit business, are friends of the
union men; always have been, and always will be. The union, we feel,
will understand our situation.
"Our stores are loaded with holiday goods; the shopping crowds
had just started to make their annual drive of holiday buying then
the strike came. Under present conditions we the innocent third
party are not only losing business heavily, but the shopping public
is being inconvienced; Christmas shopping, which the government
urges us to expedite, is being delayed, and a condition is being
wrought that is almost disastrous.
"In view of this situation, and of the war labor board's request,
we feel justified in appealing to the men to withdraw from the strike,
return to work, and permit business to resume its normal trend.
"We are not opposing the union, nor the company; we are not
thinking of ourselves alone, but we are thinking of the best good for
the greatest number of people."
"OMAHA RETAILERS' ASSOCIATION,
By Charles E. Black, president.
"Omaha, Neb., Dec. 5. To the Street Railway Employes of Oma
ha: "In view of the wire received from the national war labor
board at Washington, recommending that the street car men of
Omaha return to their occupations, the executive committee of the
Omaha Chamber of Commerce strongly urges that the street car men
abide by the ruling of the national war labor board and resume
their regular positions at once, thus preventing the great incon
venience and disturbance to business, labor and the general public
occasioned by the present tie-up of traffic.
OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
By Its Executive Committee.
Paris, Dec. 5. (Havas.) The
Frankfort Gazette prints a dis
patch from Hermannstadt, saying
that Field Marshal von Macken
seh, the German commander-in-chief
in Roumania, fled to an un
known destination, leaving to his
general staff the care of his troops
which had made their way into
Austrian territory on their way
home, declining to see them disarmed.
MEN FROM FRONT
Chaplain Lewis Says Nothing
Too Good for Soldiers Who
Have Gone Through
Be ready for the American sol
diers when they return; be ready for
the glorious men, whose courage
and everlasting bravery has won
peace for us here tonight, try to be
big enough to be fit to greet these
home-coming soldiers, who have
been transformed by the horrible,
glorious life they have lived; that
was the burden of the message
Chaplain John M. Lewis delivered to
Omaha people Thursday night at
the University club.
The chaplain served in France
with Mobile Hospital No. 1 for six
months and was closely associated
with Unit K, which is under the
command of Col. Donald Macrae of
Lauds Courage of Men.
Chaplain Lewis' voice lowered
with reverence when he spoke of
the courage of our soldiers and told
how they met death with a smile.
He told of some of the horrors of
the scenes in the hospitals, of strap
ping big husky soldiers brought in
crushed and broken and wounded,
of young boys, under age, who had
"lied to get in" and who had broken
under the strain shattered shell
"Once when I was in a hospital
with some wounded soldiers from
Wisconsin," said the major, "we got
A report that the French had given
up a town that the Wisconsin boys
had helped to take.
"And iwhen those soldiers heard
of it poor wounded fellows, some
armless and some without legs
they reached out for their clothes
and guns, and they begged us to
let theu go out and retake the po
sition! "It was funny, but it was sad,
too, big wounded fellows, broken
in body, but with such indomitable
Chaplain Lewis painted a vivid
(Continued on Page Two, Column Three.)
U. S. Saves $7,250,000,000
By Canceling Contracts
Washington, Dec. 5. Secretary
Baker told the 'senate finance com
mittee today that through contract
cancellations the war department ex
pects to save approximately $7,250,
000,000 of the $24,281,000,000 voted
by congress for the. army during the
Earlier in the day the house ap
propriations committee which is in
vestigating to determine what part
of war appropriations can be re
turned to the treasury, made public
a statement from Mr. Baker showing
an estimated saving of about $12,
000,000,000, or nearly half the total
Chairman Sherley-explained later,
however, that this estimate was
made some time ago and that re
vised figures furnished by the war
denartment showed an estimated
Isaving of about $7,000,000,000. , x
"Of necessity the figures change
from day to day," explained Mr.
Sherlev, "but it would seem that
more than $7,000,000,000 of the ap
propriations for the army could be
converted back into the treasury."
The war secretary told the senate
finance committee today members of
the commitete said, that congress
will need to appropriate only about
$1,100,000,000 to cover contracts
made under the $8,000,000,000 of
authorizations provided by congress
and for which no actualappropria
tions have been made.
The secretary's statement to the
house appropriations committee said
the department's disbursements to
date in the United States total $9,
159,000.000 and those in France $1,
168,000.000. Mr. Baker previously
ad informed the committee of con
tract cancellation aggregating about
SENDS TO BERLIN
"My Father Is Down and Out,
Isn't That Enough Pun
London, Dec. 5. A German physi
cian summoned from Berlin Tues
day by the former German emperor
arrived in Holland today on a special
train, according to an Exchange
Telegraph dispatch from Amster
Three members of the former em
peror's staff, the dispatch adds, have
left Amerongen for Berlin. They
are carrying many documents con
cerning the former emperor's private
Plea by Crown Prince.
London, Dec. 5. You English
clamor to get father and me away
from Holland. We are down and
out and my father is a broken man.
Isn't that enough punishment. This
plea was made by the former Ger
man crown prince in an interview
on the Island of Wieringen, where
he is interned, with a correspondent
of the Daily Mirror.
Frederick William added that he
always favored an agreement be
tween Germany and Great Britain
and wished them to work together.
A number of his best friends were in
England and he only wished he
could live there as a private citizen.
"I quarreled with my father in re
gard to Great Britain," he continued.
"I told him the British would be
against us. He never believed this
and would not take into account
Amsterdam, Dec. 5. The former
German crown prince, trudging over
muddy country lanes in Dutch
sabots, is a familiar sight on the Is
land of Wieringen says a corre
spondent of the Telegraff. Fred
erick William declares that what he
misses most is a riding horse.
He play billiards with the villa
gers and treats them to drinks and
smokes and buys candy for the
The younger Hohenzollern has
nis breakfast at 8:30 a. m. and his
(Continued on Page Two, Column Fire.)
Shipping Losses in War
15,053,786 Gross Tons
London, Dec, 5. The world's to
tal losses of merchant tonnage from
the beginning of the war to the end
of October, 1918, by enemy action
and marine risk was 15,053,786 gross
tons, according to official announce
ment issued tonight.
Tried Fighting Men
to Be Kept in Europe
Until Peace Is Sure
Washington, Dec 5. Secretary
Baker gave it as his personal opin
ion today that none of the veter
an divisions of the Amer' in army
in France will retun home before
peace formally is declared. He
indicated that the tried righting
men would compose the bulk of
the force to be kept in Europe for
Heretofore the unde.stanoi.ir.
has been that the Rainbo 'division
and two or three other famou:
units would be brougl.t home soon,
leaving tbeir places to be filled
by tome of, the newcomers.
'STRIKERS WRONG -WAR BOARD;
OLD RIGHTS BACK IF RETURN
Company Promises Seniority
to Men Who Resume
Work; Mayor Appeals
President Wattles of the
Omaha & Council Bluffs
Street Railway company has
issued an appeal to the strik
ing carmen to return to work
at once, and thereby preserve
their seniority rights with the
Men who do not report at
once will be considered as dis
missed from the service.
Action on this matter was approv
ed Thursday afternoon by a meeting
of the board of directors of the street
railway, following the receipt of in
formation from the National War
Mr. Wattles would not state
Thursday night just when resump
tion of street car service would oc
cur, but he intimated that it would be
as soon as the company can put the
machinery in operation.
He has assured those who return
to work that they will be given am
ple protection against any who may
try to interfere. The company anti
cipates that the situation will be
cleared without untoward occur
rences but they are prepared to
meet any emergency, officials stated.
Conductors Hicks and Johnson,
who said they were harassed Thurs
day morning, called at street railway
headquarters during the afternoon
and were given personal assurances
by President Wattles and Vice
President Leussler that they and
others who stand by the company
will be fully protected.
. Statement by Wattles.
President Wattles' statement, ap
proved by the board of directors,
addressed "To the Striking Em
ployes of the Omaha & Council
Bluffs Street Railway company" fol
lows: "The war labor board, to whom
you appealed last June, agri:inar o
abide their decision, have decided
that you have no right at this time
to ask for a recognition of your
union and have requested you to re
turn to work for the company at
once. You cannot afford as honor
able laboring men to disregard or
delay action on this request and we
now appeal to you to return at once
to your work and take your respect
"If there are grievances other
than recognition of the union, which
cannot be settled amicably by your
selves and the officers of this com
pany, you have the right to appeal
to the war labor board on February
1 ct the re 'r you deire and
you are both obligated to abide the
decision of this board at that time.
"It will be the duty of the Omaha
& Council Bluffs Street Railway
company to fill the places of those
who fail or refuse to return to the
service of this company. This is
not made as a threat but as a warn
ing to all those men who have
earned seniority rights, pension
rights and other privileges. From
past experience you should know
that the officers of this company
would regret such a situation, but
we are bound to furnish this com
munity with street car service at
Ten Killed, 23 Injured
in Cap Works Explosions
Hampton Lakes, N. J., Dec. 5.
Ten men were killed and 23 injured
here late today by four explosions
which destroyed the detonator as
sembling building of the Dupont cap
works and shook the. countryside
for miles around. Fire, which fol
lowed the explosions, was confined
to the one unit and the property
loss was said to be slight.
Officials of the company said to
night they believed an employe as
sembling French fuse detonators,
which are filled with fulminate of
mercury, had dropped one of them
Exploding, this had set off the stock
in the building which, officials claim
ed, contained only 25 or 30 pounds
Two Flyers Killed in Fall3.
Mather Field, Sacramento, Cal.,
Dec. 5. Lieut. Edward Berry Wall
of Orange, N. J., was killed almost
instantly here today when an air
plane in which he was flying alone,
fell at Mills station.
Fort Worth, Tfx., Dec. 5. Lieut.
Lowell Peterson of Boston, an in
structor of aviation at Barron Fry
ing field,' was instantly killed when
his aeroplane went into a tail spin
and fell today. Cadet Jamie Over
all, riding with him was severely
Differential on Lard.
Washington, Dec. 5. The food ad
ministration today fixed the differ
ential on lard substitutes containing
40 per cent edible tallow at three
quarters of a cent below the stand
ard brand of lard substitutes, basic
price, in California, Washington,
Oregon, Nevada, Montana and
'WE'LL WIN THIS STRIKE',
SAYS SHORT, WHEN TOLD
OF COMPANY'S APPEAL
President of Car Men's Union Flatly Declares Intent to
Fight; Traction Head Indicates Purpose to Move
Cars; Mayor Joins With Citizens in Appeal for
Pfaceabfe Settlement of Trouble.
"You may say for me that not one of the strikers will re
turn to work until this controversy has been settled to our sat
isfaction. We are going to win this strike." '
This was the declaration of President Ben Short of the
local carmen's union last night in response to President Wat
tles' appeal to the men to return to work.
When Jerry Burnett, organizer of the carmen's union,
was advised by The Bee of the action of the war board advis
ing the men to resume work, he replied:
"I haven't anything to do with the national war labor
board. Don't bother me about the war board."
Mr. Burnett is indisposed in his room at the Castle hotel.
SITUATION THAWING OUT.
, This statement on behalf of the men and intimations
from the street railway company that an effort would be
made today to move cars were developments in the strike
situation late yesterday.
President Wattles did not deem it wise to make an an
nouncement of the time when cars will be .taken out of the
barns, but he said no unnecessary time will be lost in restoring
"The situation Is thawing out," said President Wattles.
The directors of the company held two meetings yester
day, and the strikers maintained their pickets at car barns.
COMPANY APPEALS TO MEN.
The company has sent a call to the men to return to work
at once and to be ready for their runs. A copy to the call was
transmitted to President Short of the union Thursday after
noon. Officials of the street car company are optimistic in their
belief that the strikers will accept the dictum of the national
war labor board and will return to their posts today.
Determined, however, to resume street car service, the
company's representatives have announced that they are pre
pared to operate cars over their system. Police authorities
of the city have already been asked for protection against any
Mr. Wattles said:
"The only honorable thing for the men to do now is to
return to work. We both agreed to submit ourdifferences to
the war board and to abide by the decisions of that board.
Neither side can afford to disregard the order from the gov
ernment." (Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
For Carrying Liquor
To Nation's Gpital
Washington, Dec. 5. Wholesale
arrests of persons accused of bring
ing liquor into Washington were
made today by the police. It was
th first general dragnet thrown out
since .the District of Columbia be
came "dry" more than a year ago
under act of congress, and Officials
expressed surprise at the volume of
The police estimated at 10 o'clock
tonight that 400 persons had been
taken into custody.
Robbers Loot Indiana
Bank of Large Amount
'Leavenworth, Ind., Dec. 5. Lib
erty bonds and war savings certifi
cates secured by a band of robbers
who looted the Leavenworth State
bank here yesterday, is placed at
Truck Driver Turns
; to 'Jitney' Business
During Car Strike
Harry Hartung Transfer com
pany, complained to the police
Thursday night that one of their
drivers had failed to bring in his
When asked if the company had
an idea what the driver had done
with the truck, the police were in
formed he -was starting up in the
Methodists to Raise Huge
Sum for Foreign Missions
Atlantic City, N. J., Dec. '5. The
Methodist Episcopal church in
America will raise $85,000,000 in the
next five years for religious work
in China and other foreign coun
tries, according to plans submitted
,to a gathering of ' representatives
of 18 Methodist churches in south
ern New Jersey here today.
Queen- Mary Urge's Women
To Aid in Reconstruction
London, Dec. 5. (British Wire
less Service.) Queen Mary has
issued the following message to the
women of the empire.
"A few months ago, at the height
of our anxiety and strain, I sent a
message in the name of the women
of our lands to our men fighting for
us across the seas. Now, in the hour
of victory, I should like to give a
message to the women of the em
pire. During the war they have been
given the high privilege of service,
they have risen to the great oppor
tunity and have proved their courage,
steadfastness and ability. I have
been allowed to watch and appre
ciate their work in many parts of
the country and my heart is full of
admiration and gratitude for what
I have seen.
"I earnestly trust that though the
thrill and glamor of war is over, the
spirit of self-sacrifice and helpful
ness, which it has kindled, will not
waver. A new area is dawning on
the world, bringing with it many
difficulties, fresh responsibilities and
"Parliament Jias secured for the
whole country greater opportunities
of more thorough and varied educa
tion, but it will depend on the par
ents whether these opportunities are
used to the full. We all rejoice that
plans are afoot for bringing to an
end the existence of such bad and
crowded housing as makes home
life almost impossible.
"Today more than ever, the em
pire needs her daughters. For in
the larger world of public and in
dustrial work women are daily tak
ing a more important place. As we
have been united in all our work,
whether of heads or hands, in a real
sisterhood of suffering and service
during the war, let us go on working
together with the same unity of pur
pose for the resettlement and re
construction of our country,"
Joint Chairman Taft and
Manly Appeal to Omaha
Carmen to Resume Work ' '
and Keep Agreement.
Chairmen Taft and Manly
of the national war labor
board telegraphed to Ben A.
Short, president of the local
carmen's union, Wednesday
afternoon, stating that the
board's finding in the case is
that the present strike is a vio
lation of good faith on the
part of the employes and ad
vising them to end the strike
The telegram is as follows:'
Washington, D. C. December 5
Ben A. Short, President Car
men's union, Omaha, Neb. We are
informed that aft.T securing an
award raising your wages from this
section of the national war labcr
board the members of your unjon
have struck because the company
refused to make a contract with
your union. Under the principles of
this bourd you have no right to in
sist upon such contract and your
striking is a violation of good faith
on your part.
"We have conferred with Mr.
vahey, your lawyer, who agrees
with us in this view.
"We say to you that good faith
requires ou to end the strike and
resume your work under the award
of the board and the benefits of
which you have accepted.
"WILLIAM H. TAFT.
"BASIL M. MANLY.",
Mayor Issues Appeal.
Mayor Smith also received' a tele
gram from W. Jett Lauck, secretary
of the national war labor board, ad-
vising mm mat tne telegram naa
"I don't see how the men: can
possibly remain on strike in face of
such an opinion from such a source,"
He immediately issued a letter to
the employes of the street railway
company, urging them to return to
work. The letter is as follows.
"To the Employes of the Omaha
& Council Bluffs Street Railway:
I am advised that the war labor
board at Washington, of which Ex-
President Taft and Mr. Manley are
joint chairmen, have telegraphed
your organization advising you to
return to your work, to act in good
faith with your employers, and noti
fying you that you should not at
this time insist upon a recognition
of your union by a signed contract.
"This request, coming from so
high authority, is equivalent to a
request from the government of
the United States.
"I know that all of you are loyal,
American citizens and as mayor of
the city I appeal to you and each
of you to accede to this request from
the war labor board and return to
your respective places of employ-,
"Do not let it be said that any of
you have, in the least degree, array
ed yourselves against the duly con-,
stituted authorities of tfie United
States government. No man can
afford to have that charge placed,
"Thousands of men and women,
many of whom are employes in dif
ferent establishments in Omaha, have
been seriously inconvenienced and
niai y of them rendered unable to
rca'h their various plaoes ot em-,
ployment because of the discon
tinuance of street car service. A
continuation of your strike . wilt
bring v untold misfortune to then
and will result in placing yourselves
in open defiance of the war labor ,
board through whose order V you
have enjoyed largely increased
wages during the past few months.'.
Asks Return to Worit. ' '
"1 most atnestly urge yju to re
turn to your work and I pl:dg my
At'td of honor that I will use evciy
power at my command and every
ounce of energ I possess to aid
you in adjusting any just mievance
that you may have with your em
plcycr and to overcome any unnec
essary hardship that may at any
time surround your employment .
"Let us spend our energies to
ward building up the city of Omaha
and not toward destroying our
sfhes. ED. P. SMITH, Mayor." '
Victor Berger's Election
to Congress is Contested
Milwaukee, Dec. 5. Formal no
tice contesting Victor Berger's seat
in congress deals extensively with
editorial comment in the Milwaukee
Leader and makes the general
charge that Berger interfered with
the operation and success of the mil
itary and naval forces of the United
Sleuth Quits U. S. Service.
Washington, Dec. 5. A. Bruce
Bielaski, chief of the bureau of in
vestigation of the Department of .
Justice, has offered his resignatiog
to Attorney General Gregory. C)
intends to cutej Jjriutj feusJa '
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