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TriiS BiLE: OiuAKA, SATURDAY, JULY 1U, 1919.
POLICE TO TAKE
After Six Deaths by Drowning
Due to Official Negligence
" policemen Practice Life
After six deaths by drowning this
- season in Omaha, directly chargable
to members of the police depart
ment and city physicians, who failed
to exercise the proper precaution
and efforts to resuscitate the vic
tims Chief Eberstein has issued or
deal for moral squad officers, the
ii.cn cn beats, detectives, members
oi the automobile squad and ser
pcaiits to take a course of instruc
" tons as to how to revive persons
rescued from the water.
Dr. A. J. Edstrom has been select
ed as the instructor and gave the
men their first lesson Thursday
night at the police station. He
lectured to the "midnight patrol"
before they were assigned to duty.
Chief Eberstein made no refer
ence in his order as to whether or
not a city physician would be re
quired to remain at the station to
respond to emergency calls. ,
No Physicians Ready. '
In each drowning case this sea
son the victim's death to an extent
has been due to the fact that there
was no city paid physician at the
police station, where he is supposed
to be at all times to respond to dis
The city physicians who are
charged with the duty of holding
themselves in readiness at the sta
tion either have been looking after
their private practice or attending
to their personal affairs when called
' to go out on a drowning case.
Despite the protests that have
, been registered on this account. Po
lice Commissioner Ringer has failed
to issue orders requiring physicians
to remain at the police station.
In each, drowning case this sea
son in Omaha the city physician was
an hour late in arriving on the scene.
Mr. Ringer has declared he would
not have the city pulmotor repaired,
because, he declared, it was use
less. Don't Give Up.
.Dr. Edstrom told the policemen
never to give up working on a per
son rescued from the water un(il a
half hour at least had been devoted
to reviving the victim.
Dr. Edstrom made no reference
to , the necessity of responding
promptly when a distress call is re
ceived. While Chief Eberstein does not
make any reference to the neglect
and carelessness wit'., -which the po
lice and city physicians heretofore
have treated victims of 'he water,
his orders that the men be given a
course of instruction in the. art of
resuscitation is taken as an acknowl
edgment on the part of Commis
sioner Ringer that his men have been
grossly inefficient. Public criticism
has forced him to yield to the in
dignant demands of those who have
lost relatives through the neglect
n:d incompetency of his depart
ment. Promptness Is Necessary, i
Attention has been called to the
fact, however, that no lecture
courses'will avail anythin 4 -ess
physicians and ; policemtn are kept
at the -police station to respond
promptly to emergency calls. .. '
When John Redin died several
days ago following aft accidental
plunge into his cistern, he lived for
more than an hour after. he was
rescued from the water. In re
sponse to a half dozen calls for as
sistance at the police station, mem
bers of the family were told there
was no physician available and there
Do you want to take a
trip through the clouds?
if you desire a ride in an
airplane come to Ak-Sar-Ben
Field, 65th and Cen
ter streets, between the
hours of 4 to 8 P. M,
July 12. '
, Other Trips By Ap
Phone Douglas 138 or
The Bee's Fund for
Free Ice and Milk
"THERE CAN BE NO BETTER
USE FOR MONEY THAN PUT
TING IT INTO THE BEE'S
FUND THAT HELPS THE
HELPLESS BABIES THROUGH
THE CRITICAL HOT WEATH
ER PERIOD," Says Dr. D. T.
Quigley in sending a contribution to
the fund, i
Scores of helpless babies and small
hildren are being helped now. Every
penny of your contribution goes to
buy pure milk or cooling ice for
these helpless ones. Not a cent is
spent for any other purpose.
If YOU want to help, send or
bring any sum from 10 tents to $5
to The Bee office. It will be gladly
acknowledged in this column.
Previously acknowledged. .$326.55
Dr. D. T. Quigley 5.00
Margery and Richard Hiller 2.00
Minnie K. Powell, La Jolla,
Mrs. G. W. Ahlquist 2.00
Harry Pierce, South Side.. 2.00
Primary and Beginners'
Dept., M. E. Sunday
school, Sargent, Neb 1.00
Ben L. Terry, Alexandria,
Helen and Coraline Cain.. 2.00
wee no policemen at the station to
send on the call.
. Two policemen arrived on the
scene an hour after Redin was taken
fiom the water. They made no ef
fort to resuscitate the man, wit
Four Whites Arrested -With
Four Negroes in
Raid by Morals Squad
"Frisco Pete," family name Hen
ry Wegsorth, walked into the hands
of the police early this morning
with two sacks of whisky over his
The morals squad was conduct
ing a raid at 2852 Binney street
when some one trudged up the back
stairs. Detective Fred Palmtag
turned out the kitchen lights. The
"trudger" came in and with a grunt
swung two large sacks of whisky
from his shoulders to the floor.
"Hello, Frisco," greeted Palmtag.
Wegsorth was charged with il
legal possession and transportation
Two stylishly attired young white
women and two young white men
were taken in the raid, together
with three colored men and a col
The white women said they were
Belle Orme and Dorothy Stump of
the EI Beudoir apartments, Eigh
teenth and Dodge streets. Both are
The white men said they were
L. G. Beebe and W. Alwine of the
El Beudoir apartments. The girls
were released on $100 cash bonds
furnished by the men and the men
were released on $25 cash bonds.
All four were charged with being
inmates of an ill-governed house.
The three negro men are: J. B.
Lewis, 1404 North Nineteenth
street; J. Robinson, Halifax, Cana
da, and Richard Delrue, Council
Gertrude Cotton, colored, was ar
rested as the keeper of an ill-governed
Oil Company Taken
by Carranza Decree
Washington, July 11. Confisca
tion by the Mexican government of
the property of the Scottish-Mexican
Oil company, a British com
pany with several' American stock
holders the first actual confisca
tion under- the Carranza decrees,
which have been the subjects of
protests from Great Britain, Hol
land, France and the United States
was reported Friday to the State
The property of the Scottish
Mexican company, it was said, now
was being operated by Mexicans
who have brought in a 30,000-bar-rel
oil well on the land.
The British government, it was
learned, has taken up the matter of
seizure with the Mexican govern
ment and has advised the company
pending action to continue to ful
fill its obligations under Mexican
The land on which the company
operated, according to company of
ficials, was leased in 1910, conform
ing in every way with the law of
By E. C. SNYDER.
(Washington Correspondent Omaha Bee.)
Washington Bureau, Omaha Bee.
Washington, D. C, July 11. Mer
lon L. Corey, attorney for the Fed
eral Land bank at Omaha, is in
Washington on business with fed
eral land., bank commissioners.
' Ford E. Hovey, vice president of
the Omaha Stock Yards National
bank, accompanied by Mrs. Hovey,
is in Washington for several days.
Representative McLaughlin of
York, Neb., is among the large num
ber of congressmen attending5 the
Elks' convention at Atlantic City.
Local Comparative Record.
, . . 1919 1918 1917 1918
Highest Friday 95 85 80 99
Lowest Friday 71, 5 67 74
Mean temperature. .. .13 72 n 86
Precipitation :.. u
Temperature and precipitation depar
ture from the normal:
Normal temperature 76 degrees
Excess for .the day 7 degrees
Total excess since March 1.. 186 degrees
Normal precipitation 13 Inch
Deficiency, for the day 13 Inch
Total preo. since March 1 12.71 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 '. 2.(8 Inches
Deficiency for corresponding
period In 1918, 7.82 Inches
Excess for corresponding
period In 1917 11 Inch
Reports from stations at 7 p. m.:
Station and state Temp. High Prec.
of weather. 7 p. m. Today 24 h.
Cheyenne, cloudy 90 90 T
Davenport, clear 82 88
Denver, cloudy 90 94
Des Moines, clear ...84 ' 84 .12
Lander, partly cloudy 90 96
North Platte, clear 9 100
Omaha, clear .94 95
Pueblo, partly cloudy 96 98
Santa Fe, cloudy 78 80 .01
Sheridan, rlnuriv fin a.
Sioux . City, clear .94 94
Valentine, partly cloudy.. 90 98
"T" indicates trace of precipitation.
- 1. A. WELSH. Meteorologist.
WITNESS TELLS .
NEW STORY AT
Assistant in Undertaking Es
tablishment Gives Differ
ent Version of Murder
Than at Inquest.
Mt. Ayr, la., July 11. (Special
Telegram.) Walter Matlock, em
balmcr at the Emerson undertaking
establishment and chief witness for
the state in the attempt to prove
Roy Emerson guilty of the murder
of his mother, Mrs. Kate Emerson,
was on the witness stand the great
er part of today.
His testimony varied from his
statements " before the cornner's
jury and he was subjected to a se
vere cross-examination by the de
fense. On redirect examination he
testified that a few days before Mrs.
Emerson's death in speaking about
the constant quarreling between
mother and son he suggested to
Roy Emerson that it would be a
good idea for either he or his moth
er to buy the business.
"I will have the business and
won't buy it either," he testified Em
Matlock answered, "yes," to the
question, "were you present when
Emerson straightened the body of
his mother from its position, on the
e.evator platform immediately after
its discovery." He testified posi
tively yesterday that neither he nor
Emerson touched the body until
sfter the arrival of Dr. Coakley. An
other major point on which differ
ence of testimony appeared was in
regard to summoning of Dr. Coak
ley. Yesterday, Matlock testified
that he remained with Emerson be
side the body, calling to Hoffman,
who was just outside the morgue to
summon a physician. At the inquest
he testified to having gone back to
where Hoffman was standing and
there told him to bring Dr. Coakley
and upon his return found Emerson
standing over the body of his
Mrs. Emerson Melancholy.
In reference to a blood-soaked rag
that was found in a barrel of waste
paper in the workroom on the sec
ond floor of the building Matlock
answered, "yes," at the inquest to
the question, "Did you see Emerson
v-ip his shoes with this rag?"
Cross-examination developed the
fact that Mrs. Emerson was quite
melancholy at times following the
death of her husband last January,
and that a few days previous to the
tragedy Matlock took her to the
cemetery to visit her husband's
grave. Upon returning to the Em
erson building, she said to her pet
dog, to which she was accustomed
to talk," You and I will soon be out
there with Daddy."
Attorney Maxwell intimated that
Matlock was over-zealous in the
prosecution of the case, and asked
him if he had not on occasions while
talking with other witnesses referred
to the prosecution as "our side."
The witness 'denied making state
ments of this kind.
Shortly before court adjourned
for the noon recess, cross-examination
was completed and County At
torney Carroll began re-examination
of the witness. The purpose of the
re-examination was to account for
differences in present testimony of
witness and that which he gave at
the inquest. A legal battle immedi
ately began, in which the defense
succeeded for the present in pre
venting the witness making any ex
planation of differences.
A few questions and answers that
got before the jury tended to show
that Emerson was at liberty at the
time of the inquest and that Mat
lock feared him.
Frances Devoe, bookkeeper for
Dr. J. W. Coakley, testified that she
saw Mrs. Emerson when she came
to the office at 2 p. m. and at 3:30
p. m. she saw Roy Emerson. At
5 IS p. m. she testified Wm. Hoff
man, an Emerson employe, called
for a doctor and Dr. Orlo Coakley
responded. She accompanied the
doctor and when they reached the
foot of the elevator shaft found Dr.
J. W. Soakley, Matlock and Roy
Find Bloody Rag.
She said she left the room to tele
phone to Roy Emerson's wife and
when she returned the men were
all gone. She called to Matlock who
was in the workroom with Dr. J.
W. Coakley and followed them up
stairs where blood was seen on the
floor and they conducted an exami
nation, arriving at the conclusion
that the body had been dragged to
the elevator shaft.
She said she later went upstairs
with Dr. Orlo Coakley and found
the floor mopped up and they found
a bloody rag hidden in a waste bas
ket. A withering cross examination
failed to shake her testimony.
Dr. Orlo Coakley corroborated
the statements of the previous wit
nesses and told of his visit to Roy
Emerson's' apartments on the night
oi Mrs. Emerson's death. He said
he was invited to the apartment by
He testified that he told Emerson
of finding the bloody rags and that
he replied, "I guess I slopped over
when I wiped mother's face with
the rag." '
Weakens His Testimony. ,
The cross-examination weakened
his testimony when he failed to re
member any other incidents that
occurred on the day of Mrs. Emer
son's death. He denied being drunk
when he visited the Emerson apart
meiut. William Hoffman, employe of the
Emetsons,"was on the stand when
the court adjourned. He corrob
orated the statements of the other
witnesses. A few days before Mrs.
Emerson's death he told of talking
with Roy Emerson about his differ
ences with his mother. He testified
that Emerson said, "Sit easy in the
boat, things will soon be all right.''
Attorneys for the state expect to
finish the introduction jof evidence
Official Washington Orders.
Washington. July 11. (Soeclal Tele
gram.) By direction of the president,
First Lieutenant Frank W. Dawson, Unit
ed States army, retired, is relieved from
duties at Dubuque college. Dubuque, la.,
and from further active dutv. to take
(effect July 1. First Lieutenant Albert
1 William Chrttonon, medical corps, Is
relieved from duty at Camp Dodge, and
will proceed to Fort Sheridan 11L
IS THREATENED IN
NEW SOUTH WALES
Unemployed Demand That
Railways Purchase Coal From
Mines of Country.
Sydney, N. S. W., July 11.
Threats of a general strike as a
protest against the action of the
dominion government in permitting
the Canadian National railways to
purchase coal in West Virginia,
while Nova Scotian miners are out
of work, were made at a mass meet
ing of unemployed at Sydney mines
In connection with the fact that
Nova Scotian miners are now work
ing but half time, D. A. Cameron,
M. P., issued a statement in which
he said the situation might be laid
to three causes:
First, commandeering by the im
perial government of vessels used
in the St. Lawrence coal trade, even
though he contended present freight
rates would be prohibitive.
Second, increased freight rates
charged by the Canadian .National
Third, the fact that cost of coal
at the pit mouth in Nova Scotia
exceeded the cost of American coal
delivered even as far east as Mon
treal or Campbellton, N. B.
Condition of the principal high
ways passing through Omaha are
reported by the Omaha Automobile
club as follows:
Lincoln Highway, EastRoads
fair to good.
Lincoln Highway, West Roads
fair to good to Kearney and im
provements by dragging are re
ported west to North Platte. Some
detouring from Elm Creek, cross
ing Platte river and taking hard
sand road to bridge crossing into
O-L-D, West Road fair to good,
with improvements going on around
Ashland bridge. Louisville bridge
way reported fair to good.
White Pole, West Roads fair to
good. Roads changed near Des
Moines, jogging up north to Adel
on the River to River. Fifteen miles
east of Des Moines reported rough.
River to River Road, East Fair
Blue Grass, East Roads fair to
good at Creston; Creston-Ottumwa.
some rough stretches; Ottumwa to
Black Diamond, East From Des
Moines, reported good, cutting
about 30 miles between Des Moines
and Iowa City. Well marked,
eliminating many railroad cross
ings. Okoboji Route, North From
Denison, reported fair to good.
Some road work, but not necessitat
King Trail, NorthRain at Sioux
City, showers, threatenine. Roads
fair to good. King trail, south. Fair
Washington Highway Take low
er road between Herman and Te
kamah. Flyer Meets Death While
Testing Out Parachutes
Dayton, O., July 11. Lt.. Frank
S. Caldwell of Belfast, Ireland,
member of the 'British royal air
forces, was killed Friday afternoon
at McCook field, in a 700-foot fall
from an airplane. Lieutenant Cald
well came here to make a series of
tests of parachutes used in connec
tion with airplanes, and during the
afternoon made several successful
descents. In his final flight the
ropes attached to his body harness
snapped under his weight before the
envelope could open.
Lieutenant Caldwell spent four
and one-half years on the front in
Peddlers Sell Spoiled Fruit.
The health department reports
complaints received front household
ers who were imposed, on by ped
dlers selling spoiled fruit.
Harry ; Silverman, chief clerk of
the department, explained that an
investigation disclosed the fact that
certain commission men picked out
fruit from lots that had been con
demned and then sold the over-ripe
fruit to peddlers.
DR. MABLE WESSON
Physician and Surgeon
: 614 Brandeis BIdg.
Tel. Tyler 2960, Harney 4741.
will soothe that
The first application of R esinol usually
takes the itch and burn right out of ec
zema and similar skin-affections. This
gentle, healing ointment seems to get
right at the root of the trouble, restoring
the skin to health in a surprisingly short
time. Resinol is sold by all druggists.
4 tnllet preparation ot merit
Helps to eradicate dandruff.
For Restoring Color and
BeautrtoGray end Faded Hair.
Mr. nnt si.no-i.t dmrrmi.
OF HIGH TREASON
Startling Disclosures Regard
ing Political Intrigues Made
by Georg Ledebour at
(By rnlversal Service.)
Berlin, July 11. A sensational
high" treason trial has just come to
its close here with the acquittal of
Georg Ledebour, the independent
(Spartacan) leader. If was held
perhaps purposely so in the midst
of the death woes pf the German
empire. Newspaper accounts of the
startling disclosures at this trial
were overshadowed by the question
of signing or not signing and by
the government changes.
Yet, what the . defendant, Lede
bour, said on the witness stand, de
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You'll need a lot of new
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Chance, at 2
Clearance of Silk Neckwear
What man in this town that doesn't need a few ties,
and at these strikingly low prices there is not a man in
town that should not supply that need without delay.
All 50c Silk Neckwear now 35c, or 3 for $1
. All 75c Silk Neckwear, 'now 50c
AH $1.00 Silk Neckwear, now .65c
All $1.50 Silk Neckwear, now .... . . .$1.00
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several styles, clear, pr.
fying any and all to disprove him,
gave the most remarkable insight
into the silent drama that preceded
the German revolution, and into the
political intrigues "game of duplic
ity," Ledebour called it that fol
This man, whose life hung on a
thread, who faced execution as a
traitor, hurled the charge of treason
back into the face of the highest
official in the land Friedrich
Ebert. He flung at the president's
right-hand man, Philip Scheide
mann, counter charges of the grav
est sort and called him a political
juggler, a "double crosser" and a
sneaking selfish coward and in
triguer. Tells of Revolt.
He told, with a frankness that
was challenging, his own part in
the 10 months' secret preparations
for the revolt of last November,
told how he had been one of the
moving spirits behind the brewing,
boiling unrest in the ''home front,"
while the German armies in the
west were plunging from one vic
tory to another, until the cave-in
at home dragged down with it the
morale of the fighting men on for
And yet he was acquitted.
Ledebour's eloquent speech in his
own defense reached its climax
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Clearance of Men's 3-Piece Suits
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$25 and $30
Drastic Price Cutting in This Clearance of
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$9.75 $11.75; $1175 ,.119.75
$1.00 Knit Union Suits,
ankle len., short sleeve
$1.50 Athletic Union
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$3.00 Knit Union Suits,
long or short sleeve. . . .
$2.00 Knit Union Suits,
ankle len., short sleeves
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CLEARANCE OF CAPS
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All $1.50 Caps, now $1.00
All $2.50 Caps, now $1.50
All 3 00 f!jmj nnw V. Oft
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when ho told of the part played by
the majority socialists, whom he de
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event by playing "both ends to the
Claims for Wage Increase
From Last July Turned Down
Spokane, Wash., July 11. Claims
of .ub employes of the Spokane and
International and 'Empire Railway
company for wage increases from
July, 1918, to January, 1919, were
disallowed in the findings of a spe
cial master in chancery filed in Uni
te.; States district .court here.
Contentions of the employes were j
hascc' on an alleged agreement by j
the company, during the time it was
Lciived the'eoncern was under the;
control of the federal railroad ad
ministration, to pay the increased
wages granted federally controlled
London -The "take-over" hostess
is becoming a fixture in society.
Gala events are so numerous that
leading women do not cancel their
own functions when unable to at
tend, but instead engage a "take
over" hostess to do the honors.
CLOTHINO COMTAfT II
. T r z
$35 and $40
$40 and $45
$20 and $22 Suits I $25 and $30 Suits
Clearance of Union Made Shirts
McDonald Shirts, recognized as the best
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in sale, at
Hog Record Established
When Top Sells for $22.25
Average hogs are selling on the
Omaha market for what was a rec
ord price the first days of this week,
while a new record was established
yesterday, when three loads of hogs
sold for $22.25. This Is an advance,
of 15 cents over Thursday's record.
The bulk of the hogs today sold for
between $21.60 and $22.00. Stock
men anticipate further advances,
basing their opinion on the demand
for export purposes.
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