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HUNS GIVE BACK
STOLEN ART TREASURES.
Paris, March 13. Art treasures
taken from occupied France by the
Germaus are gradually being re
stored to the orgiual owners.
The Temps reports that three
carloads of pictures stolen from the
museum at Lille have just been re
turned and two carloads taken fronfl
the region of Laon have been sent
back. Among the 10 carloads un
loaded at Valenciennes were many
rare and precious manuscripts and
nrchives of the French government,
the belfry taken from the Guild hall
at Cambrai and-furniture belonging
.o the prince of Monaco, the mar
juis of Havrincourt and other per
sons. "SLEEPING SICKNESS'
CAUSES VICTIM'S DEATH.
New York, March 13. The first
death in this city from "sleeping
sickness" was reported to the
health department today. Erskine
W. Martin, a clerk, 35 years old, be
came ill five days ato, went to sleep
a day later and remained in a state
of coma until he died, according to
the attending physician. Health
Commissioner Copelaud, declaring
only 18 cases of the malady had
been reported in F.urope and three
others in this country, of which two
had been fatal, said there was no
cause for alarm. The symptoms, he
added, were sore throat, headache
and drowsiness, but these, in a mild
degree, might also be -occompani-ments
of spring fever.
LEONARD WOOD CLUB
FORMED IN COLORADO.
Denver, March 13. Thirty-eight
prominent Colorado republicans to
da filed articles of incorporation
with the secretary of state of the
"Leonard Wood Republican Club of
Colorado," the object being to pro
mote the candidacy of the com
mander of the central department of
the army for the republican nomi
nation for president next year.
BUFFALO IN PARK
TO BE VACCINATED.
Helena, Mont., March 13. Buffalo
in the Yellowstone National park
will be treated with a special vaccine
to prevent further loss from an ill
ness which resembles influenza, ac
cording to Dr. W. J. Butler, state
veterinarian. He said that 35 park
buffalo have died within the last few
CHADSEY TO HAVE
SALARY OP $18,000
Chicago, March 13. Chicago has
the highest salaried superintendent
of schools in the United States, the
board of education having confirmed
the appointment of Charles E.
Chadsey of Detroit, formerly of Ne
braska City and fixed his salary
at $18,000 a year. Heretofore the
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WOMAN'S PARTY PLANS
NEW SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN.
Washington, March 13. An inten
sive campaign for the woman suf
frage amendment is to be carried on
in every congressional district in
the United States between now and
the time congress assembles in ex
tra session. The home town of ev
ery senator and representative is to
be visited for the purpose of arous
ing sentiment in favor of the amend
announcement by the Nation
it Woman's party was followed by
the departure of Miss Alice Paul,
chairman, for New York to confer
with other officials of the organiza
tion. . ""
CASE IS DISMISSED. f
Zioh City, III., March 13. Miss
Claudia Harapson, the Zion City
girl, arrested recently on a charge of
wearing an "immodest waist," was
freed without trial today. Accord
ing to the judge. Elder John Dow,
she has promised to abide by Zion
City ordinances in the future. Peter
Hampson, the young woman's fath
er, announced he would not leave
the Voliva church because of the
"TTie material and spiritual things
should not be mixed," he said, "but
if the Church ever attempts to pros
ecute the case further, I'll take a
change of venue to Waukegan and
demand a trial by jury. Then, if
my daughter is not vindicated, 1 11
ippeal to the supreme court."
NO NATION WANTS
London, March 12. "Helgoland,
once the most important strategical
island in the world." says the Daily
F.xpress, "is now wanted by no na
tion, not even Germany. The is
land probably will be dismantled
and allowed to be washed away by
" "B DY IN RAVINE THAT
OF RED CROSS NURSE.
' San Francisco, March 13. The
body of a young woman found last
Saturday in a ravine near San
Mateo, south of San Francisco, was
identified here today as that of Miss
Inez Elizabeth Reed.a San. Fran
cisco and Fort Riley, Kansas. Red
Cross nurse. According to officials
iiere and in San Mateo county the,
woman was taken to the place
.vhere her body was found after
iier death had occurred for an il
It was announced that search-for
-rr a man helleved to have ben
:onnected with Miss Reed's death is
eing continued. Miss Reed was 27
years old. According to A. A. Reed,
hmther. and Arthur Stevens, a
Srother-in-law, who identified the
Dody, she enlisted as a Red Cross
mrse in San Francisco, later be
ns detailed to Fort Riley. She
vis visiting here on furlough.
TO SPEAK OVER COUNTRY.
Washington, March 13. (Special
Telegram.) Senator Hitchcock as
'he sookesman for the administra
tion on the league of nations, plans
sn extensive speaking campaign
having already arranged to speak at
Chicago, MVch 2b, Philadephia,
March 28, Boston. April 3. and he
will have a joint debate with sen
ator Knox at Newark, N. J., April $
VOL. 48. NO. 231.
Seize A. C. Ash at Minne Lusa,
Loot Till and Drop Him
at the Gates of
Two masked men broke into the
Minne Lusa garage, 6612 North
Thirtieth street, at midnight last
night, help up- A. C. Ash, night
man, at the point of their guns, stole
$25.82 from the cash register, and
escaped in a five-passenger Gordan
touring car belonging to the garage.
The robbers kidnaped Ash, and
left him at the gates of the Forest
Ash was released without being
hound and called up his employer,
1'. G. Elgert. 2100 Manderson street,
from a house near the cemetery.
Elgert, in turn notified the police.
Swears At Victim.
Detectives armed with 'shot guns
were assigned to the case. They
picked up Ash near the cemetery.
He told the story of the holdup as
'I heard some one shove the door
open, then two men with guns.
One ot them said: Mick em up,
and swore at nie.
"After they robbed the Csh regis
ter they ordered .me to get in the
Uorcan car and start it. 1 told them
I couldn't drive a car. Then one of
them got in and started it. The
other made me get in, and kept me
"When we got out to the ceme
tery they swore at me and told me
to get out and beat it up the road
without looking back. . When they
started back I walked till I found a
house and called up the boss."
Stolen Car Is Red.
The car which the bandits took
was painted red. Its license num
ber is 35730 Neb.
Ash told the police the two men
were of youthful appearance. He
was not bound during the trip to
th; cemetery, according to police.
Police Captain Vanous notihed of
ficers on the Douglas street bridge
to be on the lookout for the car
Japanese Artist and
Bride to Move to
More Spacious 'Home
Mr. and Mrs. Shaii Osato will
abandon their little cottage at
Forty-first and Dodge and move, in
to larger quarters at Forty-ninth and
Chicago streets, April 1.
Mr. Osato will set up his Japanese
artist studio in more quaint and
picturesque fashion than it now is,
rhe marriage of the Japanese
photographer and Miss Frances
Fitzpatrick, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. F. W. Fitzpatrick took place
more than a month ago.
Omaha Receives Bequest
in Sarah E. Batterson's Will
New York, March 13. Nine
Episcopal clergymen including the
bishops of Los Angeles and Fond
Du Lac.i Wis., and 28 Episcopal
churches and institutions were
among the 62 beneficiaries named in
the will of Sarah E. Batterson of
this city, filed in surrogate's court
The churches, hospitals, schools
and other institutions named in the
will are located in Chicago, Philadel
phia, Washington, Atlantic City,
Portsmouth, Omaha, Summit, Wis.;
Milwaukee and London and Guilroy,
The estate is appraised at $382-,
370, and the bequests range from
$500 to $29,630. -
Two Congressmen Injured
by Overturning of Car
Riverside, Cal., March 13. Rep
resentative William Kettner of San
Diego and Daniel J. Riordan of New
York and Mrs. Riordan were
slightly injured on March aviation
field, near here, today when the au
tomobile in which they and Mrs.
Kettner were riding "skidded" and
turned over. With other members
of the house naval affairs commit
tee, the congressmen, accompanied
bv their wives, were inspecting the
Mr. Kettner suffered a cut on the
face caused by a broken windshield;
Mr. Riordan was badly shaken up
and Mrs. Riordan suffered a sprained
arm They were treated at the field
Bill to Admit Farmers' Unions
to Grain Exchange Passes
Lincoln, Neb., March 13. (Special
Telegram.) House Roll 345, a meas
ut designed to give farmers' co
operative unions seats in th Omaha
Grain Exchange, was passed by the
house today with only 10 votes in
MAKE USE OF THE BEE'S
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Relentless Before Grand
Jury Which Indicts Harris
Des Moines and Council Bluffs Women Who Were
Duped by "Baby Blue Eyed" Harvey Harris Tes
tify Against Him and He Must Continue On
Kitchen Police Detail Until'District Court Hears
Mrs. Clara B. Harris, Des Moines, wife No. 1 of Harvey
Floyd Harris, accused at Council Bluffs of 1 bigamyp-is
"through" with her husband. His "baby-blue eyes" have
no more charm for her.
Chiefly upon her testimony
yesterday at Council Bluffs
was increased from $700 to $1,000, which he could not give
The wife from Des .Moines lodged
complaint against Harris, following
the publication of his marriage to
Mrs. Isabella Young Benjamin, Jan
uary 20 last. He will remain in jail
here ufftil his trial is concluded in
The soulful eyes, of the woman
charmer lost their 'luster Wednes
day afternoon and became suffused
with tears. From his quarters in
the Pottawattamie county jail,
Harris could -see the north entrance
to the court house, and from his
work in the jail kitchen, he could
cast furtive glances across the yard
to the doorway of the sheriff's of
fice. - - .
There he glimpsed a thrilling vis
ion. VILSOM LANDS AT
BREST; WILO BE
111 PARIS TODAY
President Reported Entirely
Recovered From Fatigue
Consequent to Hurried
Trip to Washington.
By Associated Press.
Brest, March 13. President Wil
son and the party which came with
him from the United States left
Brest for Paris at 11 o'clock to
night. The president and Mrs. Wil
son disembarked from the ' George
Washington at 9:45 o'clock. , It was
a moonlight night.
Though numerous decorations
had been hung out to welcome the
return of the president, his reception
was entirely without ceremony.
Those who went aboard the George
Washington to extend their greet
ings were the French ambassador to
the United States and Madame
Jusserand, M. Leygues. minister of
marine, and several other representa
tives of the Fr.ench , goyernment.
Maj. Gen. E)i A. Helm'ick and .Brig.
Gen. William Wharts, Colonel
House met the president at the dock.
President Wilson was in excellent
health, apparently having been bene
fitted by his period of rest sinfe he
left here on February 15.
The presidential party came
ashore on an American tug and while
on board Mrs. Wilson was presented
with a bouquet by M. Leygues.
There was a little flurry of mist
during the trip from the steamer,
but this lasted only a short" time.
Soldiers Line Up.
Immense crowds of Auierican sol
diers stationed at Brest endeavored
to get a view of the president and
the moonlight afforded an excellent
opportunity, aided by extra lights
f which had been installed for the oc
casion. The soldiers awaited the
president eagerly, and he raised his
hat as he observed their anxiety.
Mrs. Wilson followed the president,
smiling graciously as she proceeded
along the walk between the quay
and the train. ,
Maps Out Conference Plans.
'On Board U. S. S. George Wash
ington, March 13. (By Wireless to
the-Associated Press.) Tday. the
last of his voyage from the United
States to Brest, President Wilson
put in several hours mapping out
his plans for his peace conference
work. During the day the presi
dent . received a wireless dispatch
outlining the situation with regard
to the phases of the negotiations
which are to come up soon after his
arrival in Paris.
Benefited by Voyage.
The voyage has been of great
benefit to President Wilson, who
throughout has obeyed the instruc
tions of Rear Admiral Grayson, his
persona! physician, to rest. The
president has entirely recovered
from the cold from "which he has
been suffering and also the fatigue
consequent to his hurried trip to
Washington, and is in vigorous con
dition and ready to take up the tasks
awaiting him. These tasks will be
gin when he boards the train at
Brest for the last stage of the jour
ney to Paris.
Will Reach Paris Today.
Paris, March 13. A telegram was
received here tonight from Col. E.
M. House, who is with the presi
dential party, which said that the
parly expects to arrive at the In
valides station in Paris' at 11 a. m,
Returns Minus One Leg.
New York, March 13. Ahiong the
wounded soldiers who arrived today
on the hospital ship Comfort was
Private Fred Hofer of Falls City,
Neb., who returned with one' leg
gone m a result of shell wounds.
an indictment, was returned
against the man and his bond
Two of his last wives, Mrs. Clara
B. Harris, the womanly matron of
his cozy bungalow in Des Moines,
and Mrs. "Babe" Young-Benjamin
Harris, Councid Bluffs bride, enter
ed the court house together, and
stood on the stone steps at the
north door, chatting pleasantly just
before they were to appear before
the grand jury.
Harris pleaded with passionate
earnestness for an opportunity to
talk to his wives, but his request
was denied by the officials. He was
particularly anxious for another
conference with the Des Moines
Mrs. Harris before she went into
the grand. jury room, but she did
not entertain the request.
HWAIT CALL TO
Negotiations in Which Ger
many Will Take Hand
Are Expected to Begin
, About March 20.
"Berlin, March 13. In official cir
cles it is believed that the p'.ace ne
gotiations in which Germany will
take a part arc very near at hand.
It is learned that the instructions to
German experts to hold themselves
in readiness to leave for Paris,
March 17 or 19, with the German
delegates were based upon a remark
made by General Nudant, the repre
sentative of Marshal Foch at Spa,
in recent negotiations with the 'Ger
man armistice commission.
, Geaeral Nudant is reported to
Have said that the allies probably
would be able to begin preliminary
negotiations with the Germansbout
March 20, and that preliminary
peace might be continued by April
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Weimar, March 13. (By the As
sociated Press.) The German dele
gates to the peace conference will
be Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau,
the foreign- minister; Dr. Eduard
David, majority socialist and first
president of the national assembly;
Dr. Adolph Warburg; Dr. Adolph
Muller, minister to Switzerland;
Prof. Walther M. A,. Schuecking of
Marbifrg university.'and Herr Geis
berg. minister of posts and tele
graphs in fthe Prussian ministry.4
Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau is
a graduate of the German imperial
diplomacy and has been foreign
m' -iister since the resignation of Dr.
Solf Dr. David is a member of the
German ministry without portfolio.
Max Warburg is a business man
Lof Hamburg and has been an official
ot tne namDurg-Amencan steam
Dr. Muller formerly was director
of the Electric Accumulator works
at Berlin, and in July, 1915, re
ceived an honorary degree from the
University of Hanover for his work
in developing the efficiency of Ger
Prof. Schuecking late in 1914 pub
lished a letter blaming Russia fot
the European war. Herr Geisberg
is a newcomer in the German government.
Board Hears Arguments
On Women's Right to Jobs
Dr. Anna Howard Shaw and
Frank Walsh Attack Order
for Discharge of Female
Washington, March 13. Argu
ments in the appeal from the recom
mendation of the national war labor
board that women conductors at
Cleveland, O., be discharged to sat
isfy demands of striking male em
ployes were heard today by the
board. The case was taken under
advisement and a decision is expect
ed within two weeks.
Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, honorary
president of the National American
Woman Suffrage association; Frank
F. Walsh, former joint chairman of
the board, and Miss Mary Van
Kleeck, director of the women-in-industry
service of the labor depart
ment, were among those appearing
in behalf of the discharged women
workers, while James R. Vahey, at
torney for the luteruauonal Amal-
AND ANSWER COLUMN SEE EDITORIAL PAGE.
MARCH 11. 1919.
General Sales Managers of 42
Concerns Make This City
Distributing Point for
As a result of the visits of fac
tory representatives to Omaha's
grand automobile show, this city
has been chosen as a central distrib
uting point of 32 makes of motor
cars and 10 makes of trucks, for
Nebraska and Iowa. General sales
managers chose Omaha as the dis
tributing point because of railroad
facilities, its immense bank clearings
and its prominence as a center of
the automobile industry in the
Means Much to City.
The change means much to the
city and surrounding community, of
ficials of the auto show declare,
in that thousands of automobiles
that heretofore were shipped direct
from factories to dealers and distrib
utors in Nebraska and Iowa here
after will be sent to Omaha to be in
turn distributed to out-of-town deal
ers affiliated with motor car con
cerns established in Omaha.
Omaha was chosen several years
ago as a central distributing point
for the Cadillac, Overland, Hudson,
Oakland, Oldsmobile, Buick, West
cott, Allen, Lexington, Maxwell and
Will Increase Bank Clearings.
The choice of factory representa
tives in naming Omaha as a point
of distribution in the automobile in
dustry is heralded by the Chamber
of Commerce 'as meaning bigger
automobile establishments, increas
ed bank clearings and the advent of
more residents to the city.
Last night's augmented program
of classic and popular music drew
constant applause from the multi
tude of automobile spectators and
eager listeners. Fully 10,000 persons
crowded through the doors of the
Auditorium. The Trinity Cathedral
choir, conducted by Ben Stanley,
kept the jammed Auditorium in si
lence during the singing of Vsectilar
selections. For awhile more interest
.centered upon the varied program
of music than upoti the glistening
beauty of automobiles and the
spiels of automobile salesmen.
Society Night at Show.
Though officials of the show
chose no special night for society
patrons, last night appeared as the
unannounced occasion of ball-room
gowns and dress suits. Sedans
served for lounging dens for many
of the social set. Even the truck
department shared-- entertainment,
for a three-piece orchestra played
jazzy tunes that tickled the toes
of many a listener.
Yesterday, exhibitors and local
dealers did the largest day's busi
ness since the opening of the show.
More than 100 cars were sold. It
is estimated that 3,000 automobile
dealers of Nebraska and Iowa at
tended the show and many renewed
contracts for cars in lots. -One lo
cal distributor sold 60 touring cars
to an Iowa dealer.
Today being Army and Navy
da Ciarke Powell, manager of the
show, has issued an invitation to
officers and enlisted men of Forts
Omaha and Crook to attend the
show. "We cordially invite every
service man, whether in army, navy
or marine uniform, to be our guests
tonight," he said.
Tomorrow will be the last day of
Omaha's grandest automobile show.
gamated Association of Street and
Electric Railway Employes, oppos
ed the appeal.
Dr. Shaw declared that during the
war women in all parts" of the coun
try had responded nobly to the na-'
tion's cal for workers, but that now
that the acute need for workers had
passed there was a tendency to "get
rid" of the women.
"Men employes demand it," said
Dr. ShaAv. "and because they are or
ganized they have power to enforce
their demands. The worst of it is
that many of the men so employed
were never in the military service,
but had left to enter 'safe' employ
ment." Dr. Shaw insisted that the basic
right of women to do any kind of
work they were capable of perform
ing should be established and that
men should not be allowed to say
that women could not be employed
Mr. Walsli, who appeared as coun
sel for the women employes, said
the board should declare that wo
men were legally entitled to the
same rights in industry as meiv'
By Mill (I tr. Dally. U.St:
Dally ana Sua., S5.50: autilda Mat.
Bruised Body of Woman
' Reported Victim of Flu
Found in Shed on Farm
Josef Blazka, Who Stabbed Boy To Death Year Ago
In Cherry County, Charged Wih. Murder of His
Wife, Who Recently Left Home To Obtain Divorce
But Was Induced To Return by Her Children.
Ellsworth, Neb., March 13. (Special Telegram.)
Word received here this morning as to the death of Mrs.
Josef Blazka, who was reported by her husband to have died
with influenza at the home place in Cherry county, 23 miles
northeast of here, has upcm investigation by neighbors been
practically proven a foul murder with all indications pointing
towards the husband as perpetrator.
i he first intimation the neighbors
had of the affair was when two of
the Blazka boys called on Lawrence
Bixby, a neighbor, and asked for as
sistance to bury their mother, who
had, as they claimed, died of influ
enza. Being suspicious, because of Blaz
ka's unsavory reputation, Mr. Bix
by called upon Lige Thayer and
Fred Engle and together they went
on their apparent mission of mercy.
Body in Calf Shed.
Upon arrival together at the
Blazka place they were told that the
body was in the calf shed but they
were not permitted to see it. After
some wily maneuvering they obtain
ed access to the body and found that
the chest of the woman bore heavy
scratches and black bruises. At
once they notified the sheriff, who
arrived late this afternoon. Upon a
more detailed investigation they
found the body a mass of bruises
from the hips to the neck and upon
the breast was found two apparent
Upon sharp questioning by Sheriff
O'Rourke, Blazka admitted he had
whipped his wife with a harness
tug with in iron hook attached, but
declared that he did not kill her.
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Former Accountant .Weiden-.
feld Questioned About Docu
ments He Took From Capi
tol; Supply System Inquiry.
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln, March 13. The open
ing session of the formal hearing
by the senate and house joint inves
tigation committee on the State
.Board of Control Thursday seemed
more of a hearing on the actions f
George Weidenfeld, former account
ant of the board, than of the Board
Three witnesses were examined.
They were Weidenfeld, Miss Anna
Yokel, bookkeeper and subordinate
of Weidenfeld, and Albert C. Blair,
driver of the truck belonging to the
Nebraska penitentiary and an em
ployee of the Handcraft Furniture
The hearing was held in the . su
preme court chamber.
Chairman Neal, of the joint com
mittee presided, and Senators Hous
ton and Sturm, and Representatives
Jeary and Axtell sat at the hearing.
Ralph F. Wilson was attorney for
the state and E. C. Strode attorney
for the Board of Control.
No, Formal Charges.
The hearing opened at 11 o'clock
and there was not formal presenta
tion of charges or outlining of pro
cedure. The impression left was
that the investigation and hearing
would be permitted to take as broad
a scope as circumstances would war
Weidenfeld testified that the only
document he had ever taken from
the office of the Board of Control
was a letter which contained the
name of a man at Hastings who
represented the Aztec Coal company
there, and his action was at the re
quest of members of the committee
viho were preparing to go to Hast
ings on an investigation, and that
he returned the letter late in the
Took Obsolete Blanks.
Asked in regard to the stuff that
he had removed from the office of
the Board of Control in the base--ment
of the capitol, he said that the
only articles he had taken was a lot
of ruled blanks whichi had become
obsolete, some empty strawboard
cartons, some shelving and a leather
portfolio. He testified that he had
regarded the articles as so much
waste paper and had not notified
any of the members of the board
of his contemplated action, nor had
he gotten from them permission to
take the articles.
Interrogated if he wished to re
turn the articles to the Board of
Control, he said: "I am willing."
Merely Expressed Views.
Attorney Strode, for the Board
of Control, asked Weidenfeld if he
had charged the board or any mem
ber with improper conduct, in the
secret hearing before the joint leg
islative investigating committee.
"I have not," said he. "I merely
appeared before the committee and
expressed my views. There were
certain matters which I wanted to
.(t'outioued on Ff Two, Column Three.)
An effort was made to get infor-
mation from the three boys, who
range in age from 8 to 14 years, but
a sharp command in Bohemian
from their father silenced them.
The wife recently left him and it
was strongly rumored she had gone
to obtain a dovorce because of al
leged cruelty. Blazka had the boys
searching the country for her and
when he found she was in Alliance
wrote her, stating he was very sick,
and asked her to come home. - This
A year ago last December Blazka
stabbed to death Guy Catlow, a
neighboring boy, who had gone to
his home in company with Floyd
Yauney, a deputy sheriff, for the
purpose of adjusting a slight differ
ence in which he had a warrant
sworn out for Catlow's mother. At
this time Sheriff Yauney was com
pelled to shoot him in the legs and
threaten to kill him before he was
conquered. As a result of this shoot
ing one of Blazka's legs waS am
putated and he was in a hospital in
Omaha for nearly a year.
-Sheriff O'Rourke and Metcalf
took the prisoner, the three boys and
the body to Hyannis where a cor
oner's inquest and the preliminary
trial will be held tomorrow.
FOR RIGHT OF WAY
ONU. P. PASSED
Osterman . Measure, Long
Bone of Contention in Vari
ous Legislatures, Now
Up to Governor.
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln, March 13. By the pas
sage of a uniform right-of-way bill
on third reading in the senate
Thursday the legislature of the state
of Nebraska has tossed the buck to
the courts and has enabled Rep
resentative Osterman of Merrick to
realize an ambition qf years' stand
ing. The purpose of the bill is to limit
the right-of-way of the Union Pa
cific rpad to 200 feet in all counties
of the state on penalty of surrender
ing its power of eminent domain if
it fails to comply with the provi
sions of the law by January 1.
Should the road comply with the
law it will have to surrender right-of-way
that aggregates several thou
sand acres of land in this state and
which has been held to be the prop
erty of the road by more than 161
Passes House Early.
The bill passed the house early
in the session by a unanimous vote
and was held up in the senate until
the present time. Several of the
senators who voted for the bill said
it was a vicious measure because it
amounted to the confiscation of
property, and they frankly stated
they voted for the bill for the reason
that it has been an irritant in sev
eral sessions of the legislature and
by putting the question of the legal
ity of such a law squarely up to'the
courts it may be settled for good
and all time.
Osterman, champion of the bill,
was on the floor of the senate in
bringing members into line.
In Line for Congress.
. It is said that the passage of this
measure will strengthen his ambi
tions to become a congressman
from his district and he--regards it
as a great personal victory.
There were only four votes in op
position to the bill. Two members
were absent and 27 voted in favor
of it. Predictions are made that,
rather than comply with the pro
visions of the bill, the Union Pacific
railroad will Surrender its right of
eminent domain in Nebraska, and
this will estop the corporation from
building any more new lines in Ne
braska until the law is repealed.
Treat Brands False Charges
Regarding Troops in Italy
Washington, March 13. Major
General Treat, commanding the
American troops in Italy, cabled the
War department today that a pers
oonal inspection of the Three Hun
dred Thirty-second infantry had
failed to support "the sensational
charges made in newspapers" re
garding the condition of the unit.
H; said the men had never b :n fed
hjise meat and were never com
pelled to steal food, and added that
"the allied commanders and the
geieral public without exception
voluntarily gave hiKhest oraise of
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Adoption of Non-Conscription
Plan Will Eliminate Com
pulsory Features of
Paris, March 13. The aerial terms
of the German disarmament, as
adopted by the supreme war coun
cil, provide that airplanes and dir
gibles shall no longer be used for
military purposes. The council con
cluded that it was not feasible to
prohibit airplanes for commercial
The drafting committee was di
rected to make clear theNli.stinction
excepting commercial airplanes in
the terms incorporated in the peace
All forms of military airplanes arc
barred to. Germany, the only excep
tion being the temporary use until
October 1 of 100 hydro-airplanes
and 1,000 men in gathering mines
in the North sea.
Accept Lloyd George's Plan.
The American military experts
here, although accepting Premier
Lloyd George's plan of prohibiting
conscription in Germany and pro
viding for a volunteer army with
long term of service instead, have
been giving the subject deep con
sideration in its possible bearing up
on the future military systems, not
only of America but of the whole
world. They are inclined to be
lieve that this is a subject thai
might properly come before tin
league of nations, j
The American experts agree tha
if the system proved beneficial iu
extension to the other Europeai
countries would be inevitable, a
they consider it certain that the la
bor, socialistic and anti-militaristii
parties will demand to be relieved ol
the burden of conscription and fre
the young manhood of the nations for
full participation in fair competition
for the world's trade.
Would Bar Compulsion.
Attention has been given to tla
possible result of the adoption ol
the non-conscription plan in tin
United States upon the projected
system for universal military train
ing, and the opinion is genera
among the American experts that i
would deprive the plan completelv
of compulsory features, leavii
training in schools optional. The
consider, however, that the nationa
guard could be relied upon for ;
sufficient number of trained soldier;
to form the nucleus of any armv
likely to be required in America ii
case of the successful working ot
the league of nations.
League of Nation
by Union Conference
Londcin, March 12. A resolutioi
approving the draft of a league oi
nations covenant as submitted tc
the peace conference was adopte
today by the conference of tin
league of nations union.
The conference also adopted z
resolution, submitted by a delegate
from the American League to En
force Peace, suggesting that an ar
tide should be added to the coven
ant deprecating religious discrimina
tion and securing the full exercis
of religious views in the respectivt "
The conference discussed a Ioik
series -of modifications and amend
ments to the covenant suggested bv
the French Association for '
League of Nations.
Submarines to Be Sold
7 and Money Distributed
London, March 13. Additional
German submarines will be sold and
the money distributed among the
allies on the scale to be adopted by
tne supreme council, it was announc
ed in the House of Commons today
by T. J. MacN'amara, parliamentary
secretary to the admiralty. Mr. Mac
Namara stated that already 54 Ger
man submarines had been sold.
Mr. MacNamara said that Help
land was still in possession of Ger
man armed forces and was protect
ed by unsurrendered parts of the
German fleet. The peace confer
ence, he said, was considering the
future status of Helgoland. Germar
possession of which constituted a
valuable adjunct to the exercise ol
sea power by Germany.
Secretary Wilson Orders
Deportation ot 37 Aliens
Washington, March 13. Decision
to proceed with the deportation oi
37 of the 43 undesirable aliens now
held at Ellis island was reached to,
day by Secretary Wilson after a
conference with immigration offi
cials. Attorneys for the aliens hai
asked review of decision hi
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