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OMAHA, TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1920.
By Mall (I ..r), Oalty. M.M: Saau. U.St:
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Short Circuit in Electric Line
Ignites Escaping Gas in
Street Manhole and Business
Section Is in Darkness.
WORKMEN NARROWLY :
" ESCAPtE FROM INJURY
Several Days Will Be Required
To Make All Repairs Spe
cial Officers Guard Valuable
Stocks in Stores.
Two explosions of illuminating
gas in a street manhole at Ninth
and Jones streets yesterday after
noon tore open underground 1'ght
circuits of the Nebraska Pow;r &
Light company, resulting in the
stoppage of electric powerfor two
hours. Electricians working in the
manhole narrowly escaped injury
from the force of the explosions.
The circuits were partially re
paired and power for illumination of
buildings was switched on at 4:30, 15
minutes following the 'second ex
plosion. The first denotation . oc
curred at 2:30.
Street lights and . current for
power were discontinued last night.
T . Firemen Are Called.
A fire' alarm-was turned In. Fire
men had difficulty extinguishing
smoldering fires along the under
ground openings. , 1 '
Elevator service was curtailed in
many of the buildings. Department
stores were without lights during
the period of the troubles
Officials of the Nebraska rower
company were at the scene of the
trouble and directed workmen in re-?
pairing the broken' circuits.
Employes in wholesale houses in
the vicinity of the explosions rushed
to the streets in fear that a tornado
'or possibly an earth tremor had oc
curred. Buildings Are Shaken.
John Deere Plow company build
ing. Tenth and Jones streets, was
shaken by the force of the explo
sions. The Bradley, Merriman &
Smith- building. Ninth and Jones,
tremored slightly from the effects.
Crossed wires in the underground
openings, causing a short circuit,
was the -probable cause of the ex.
olosion of gas from leaky mains,
WrS. Byrne, sales manage of the
Nebraska Power company1, stated. -
Leaky gas mains m the' under
ground openings, leading to ' the
monhole, have caused' considerable
trouble during the past three years,
officials of the power company said.
Investigation to Be Made.
Evidence of the exptsions. indicate
that the circuit 'openings had been
closed at both ends of the system,
thereby causing confinement of gas,
firemen said. .. - , '
. Nebraska Power company officials
were unaware that both ends of the
circuit systems were closed, Mr.
Byrne said. An. investigation will
probably result. .'.'"'' ..
The force of the first explosion
tore several lead tines, protecting
power circuits, to pieces. The switch
pedestals on the curbing near the
manhole were torn from their bases.
, Spasmodic explosions along the
openings occurred while firemen
were "flooding the hole with water.
- Residences Get Light
Residents districts f the city were
kept supplied with power from sub
stations in various parts of the city.
Electricians were at work in the
manhole repairing cables shortly be
fore the first explosion. . Tww work
men ware just emerging from the
pit and narrowly escaped effects of
the detonation when the .switch
pedestals were torn loose. Cables
along the system in which" the ex-
(Cnntinurd Ptr Two, Column live.)
Three-Cent Postage May
Be Necessary to Raise
Pay Vpfj Postal Clerks
Chiracs Tribun-Omah. , B iued wire. U,ebiscite held yesterday in the sec
. Chicago. . March IS .-Alongwith nd zone of SHeswi ,!lOW- tnat
IllgUCl liil' vuffinii , viviuiMSi 7
creased street car fare and very
thinK. the country may soon see a
return to three-cent postage on first
class letter mail. ' " ,
Something must soon be done to
provide additional wages ior postal
. clerks and other employes, officials
say. Hundreds of them are resign
ing to engage in more profitable
work and the service is" becoming
badly crippled. Experts say it re-
. quires three years to take the raw
material and work up an efficient
postal clerk and with the force be
ing shot up constantly by resigna
tions, there is a prospect that all
lines of business will be sadly hamp
ered unless the pay is made attract
ive enough to hold the men.
A delegation representing the
clerks will soon go before congress
and acquaint that body with condi
tions in Chicago which are said to
' be the worst in the country. The
three-cent postage plan meets witj
most favor. r '
Payne Sworn in Monday
As Secretary of. Interior
Washington, March 15. -John
Barton Payne retired Monday ' as
chairman of the' Shipping board and
was sworn in as secretary of the
Interior, succeeding Franklin K.
Lane, who retired March 1. Mr.
Payne was replacedson the Shipping
soard by Rear Admiral William S.
Turkish Peace Delegates.
Constantinople, March 15. ' Ap
pointment of Turkish peace dele
gates is announced. The delegation
will be headed by Ttwnk. Pasha,
former foreign minister. - . : .
Between U. S. And France -Premier
Declares Two ' Nations "Must Continue the Close
Friendship Which Has Always Been Maintained"
"No Fleeting Misunderstandings Must Be Al
lowed to Trouble Their Relations."
Paris,"March 15. Premier Mil
lerand today put aside the German
crisis long enough to discuss rela
tions between France and . the
United States and conditions of in
ternational credit. lie said to a rep
resentative of the Asscoiated Press:
"France and the United States
must continue the close f;endship
which always has been maintained.
No fleeting misunderstanding must
be allowed to trouble their relations.
The sooner misconceptions are dis
sipated the better. .
; "It appears to me an opportune
time to recall to our friend, the
United States, that France is not
asking for charity. The greater part
ot money France borrowed abroad
was spent in the common interest
of all civilized countries a fact
which mig'ht form. the basis- of a
claim for special consideration, but
such is not one intention.
"We don't request cancellation o"T
our deb' i. ' We only ask time to
breathe and to recover our strength
after four and a half years of ex
hausting war. Our propositions are
those which any debtor would feel
right in making in the interest of
both himself and his creditor." . N
Refers to Ruinous Exchange.
The premier referred to the ruin
ous fluctuations in exchange, which
he held would be aggravated rather
than palliated through measures
proposed by France bv those not
taking sufficient account of interior
"If France is obliged to meet her
obligations abroad at the present
uate of exchange she will be forced
to pay o and a half times what
she owes, he continued. thus,
after spending for the common good
30,000,000,000 francs borrowed from
OltoAHA WOMAN -PROSTRATED
Mrs. Katherine Hammond
Granted Leniency in Con-
' tempt Case. .
Lincoln, March 15. (Special.)
Standing before the bar of the su
preme court Monday to receive the
sentence of Ihe court for. contempt,
Mrs. Katherine Hammond of Oma
ha, when she heard the Sentence,
fainted in the arms of her attorney
and was taken from, the room. '
; Mrs. Hammond had been cited to
appear two weeks ago to answer to
the charge of taking her grandson,
the son of William V. Hammond
and his divorced wife, Qut of the
jurisdiction of the court and spirit
ing him away. "
The court withheld sentence and
when Mrs. Hammond appeared slie
was called before the tribunal of
justice by Chief Justice Morrissey,
"The court has reached the con
clusion that M. O. Cunningham, at
torney for Mrs. Katherine Ham
mond, is not guilty of wrongdoing
in the matter and is therefore
purged of any complicity in having
the1 child taken away. However, to
Mrs. Hammond I want to say that
the court has reached the conclu
sion that because of your age and
the fact that you are a woman, the
court will be lenient. Your offense
is a serious one,1 but the child has
been restored to its mother, ,and
there-witl be no penalty attached
except that of paying the costs in
this action, and as for your son, the
further judgment of the court will
be. withheld to him as the main of
fender, until he can be brought into
The court has been unable to lo1
cate Mr, Hammond, who is said to
be either tn Wyoming or Canada.
Germans Are Successful
- In Schleswig Plebiscite
Copenhagen, March 15. Latest
unofficial figures relative to the
13,025 votes were cast for Denmark,
while 48,148 were in tavor ot ler-
man control. The districts of Got-
ing, Hedehusum and Utersun show
Danish majorities. Results in four
districts have not been learned.
Ministers Request .
"Sins of theTUsh''
Be Not Forbidden
CUcaso Tribune-Omaha Bf Leued Win,
Chicago, March 15. Methodist
ministers are .tugging at the leash
provided by paragraph 280 of the
general laws of the church, which
deals with '"imprudent acts." At
a meeting of 150 pastors Monday
there was not a dissenting vote
when a resolution passed, asking
that paragraph 280 be abolished.
This law forbids ministers at
tending theaters, indulging in -alcohol,
dancing, card-playing" and
gambling. Twelve ministers ex
pressed their views, all to the same
effect, which may be summarized
'as follows: -
"This, law does not help the
church. Ou the contrary, it keeps
away persons who 'Otherwise
might belong to the church. Min
isters arehuman and appreciate
the enjoyment derived from thea
ters and other things." ,
Congregational ministers at
their meeting decided to nn
time in raising their $3,000,000
quota- for the benefit of the new
inter-church movement Eight
millions of the $11,000,000 quota
of the Congregational-church was
raised at a recent drive and it is
believed the $3,000,000 still re
quired will be speedily brought in.
her friends, she- would have to pay
45,000,000,000 francs as France's
premiums to these same friends.
"We have given1 our blood, we
have given our money. To ask us
now to give more than double our
debt is, an anomaly that cannot fail
to strike the most impartial judges."
After mentioning the suggestion
made by the United States that
France could raise the value of the
franc by increasing exportations,
the premier said that the question
appeared to be imperfectly under
stood by the American people.
Hopes to Increase Exports.
"We ask nothing better than in
creased exports. We must first, how
ever, manufacture and we can't make
the things for foreign trade until we
have factories in which to manufac
turtsthem. Do our American friends
lose sight of the extent of the de
vastation of the richest part of our
territory; do they forget that we are
still partly paralyzed and that it will
require years to recuperate , our
wasted manpower and restore the
former flourishing manufacturing
centers? , '
"The war cost us 600,000 industrial
workers, 600,000 of our buildings
were destroyed, regions were ruined
which in 1913 gave us 90-per cent
of our wool, 90 per cent of linen
thread. 90 per cent of our minerals,
83 per cent of our pig iron, 70 per
cent of our sugar and 53 per cent of
"The war wasted our railroads to
an unimaginable extent. Thirty per
cent of our merchant fleet was sunk
and our wheat, production was
diminished two-thirds, involving- " a
deficit of 2,000,000,000 francs. These
catastrophical changes were a blow
to the very base of the economic and
financial situation of France." i
FOR R. B." HOWELL
Nonpartisan League Heads Will
Pledge Support ChargeTie
up With Johnson Men.
Lincoln, Neb.. March 15. (Special
Telegram.) Politicians here are
awaiting with interest new develop
ments in the xepublican primaf jr race
for governor. The possible entry of
K. B. Howell, manager of the Met
ropolitan Water District of Omaha,
has upset all calculations of the out
come of the election. -
Jesse Johnson, manager of the
Nonpartisan league in Nebraska, and
C. A. Sorenson, attorney for the
league, left here tonight for Omaha
with the avowed intention of obtain
ing the consent of Mr. Howell to
make the race and assuring him of
the support of the league.
Senator J. W. Hammond of Cam
bridge is already causing to be cir
culated in western and southern Ne
braska petitions for Mr. Howell.
They will be circulated immediately
in Omaha - and Lincoln, according
to Frank Harrison of this city, who
i,"s also active in advocating Mr.
Howell s candidacy.-
Amoug the politicians here it is
conceded that the deal to obtain
Mr. Howels consent to enter the
primary race with the Nonpartisan
kague backing was engineered by
Mr. Harrison in an attempt to
swing the votes of the league to
Hiram Johnson for president
Th6 campaign for the republican
nomination for governor was further
enlivened by the entrance of George
D. Mathewson of Shickley into the
race. Mr Mathewson paid his fil
ing fee at Geneva. In the last ses
sion rf .he legislature he served as
a float representative from Fill
more. Chy and York counties.
New Milk Stations
; To Sell for 12 Cents
Milk will be sold at A 2 cents a
quart and cream af1 12 cents a half
pint -beginning this morning, in the
fire stations at Twenty-second and
Lake streets and Fortieth and Ham
ilton streets. ' , -
Through an arrangement between
the city and the Midwest Milk Pro
ducers association the firemen will
make the- sales, subject to inter
ruptions during service at fires. Ice
boxes have been installed at these
stations and the service will be
maintained day and night.
Milk stations will be opened in
other fire houses as quickly as ice
boxes can be installed. f
The Metropolitan Water district is
interested to the extent of selling
steam and refrigeration from the
water plant at Twentieth street and
Poppletor. avenue to the milk plant,
across the street.
'The promoters of this enterprise
urge public co-operation to the end
that the cost of milk and cream
may be reduced to the lowest pos
sible charges. The milk station at
Twentieth and Poppleton. streets is
being liberally patronized. , -.
Express Agent Must Serve
Six Years for Diamond Theft
'Sioux Falls, S. D... March 15.
(Special Telegram.) Joseph Fonr
nicr, alias Collins, who confessed to
victimising Chicago, jewelry firms of
diamonds worth in the aggregate,
$6,000, while relief express agent at
Ethen, S. Dnlast ummtrwas sen
tenced to a term' of six years in the
federal prison at Leavenworth. Kan.
by Judge Elliott of the federalcourt
in this city. .
Senators Reaffirm' Disagree
ment With President Wilson
On Dominating Issue in
over to republicans
Senate's 'Decision Accepted
Generally as Hastening Ver
sailles Peace Pact Toward
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
Chicago Trlbune-Omiiha, Bm Leased Wire.
Washington, March .IS. Al
though the senate today adopted
the new Lodge reservation to
article 10 of the leagueof nations
covenant by a vote of 56 to one
more than a -two-thirds "majority,
leaders on "both sides tonight were
predicting the defeat of the German
peace Yeatv on the ratification roll
call the latter part of this week.
Senator Hitchcock relies upon 21
democratic senators to support the
president's rejection of the reser
vations, and, joining'Mvith IS or more
republican irreconcilables, ac
complish the defeat of the treaty by
at least two votes.
Senator Lodge said he greatly
feared that no more hopeful view of
the prospects could be taken than
that expressed by Senator Hitch
cock; Hope of ratification is now
founded entirely on the possibility" of
several more (democrats deserting
the administration, a contingency
which Senator Hitchcock doe not
fear and upon which Senator Lodge
does not rely.
Bee's Account Confirmed.
The Bee's account this morning
of the president's rejection of the
revised version oi uie article iu res
ervation was confirmed when Sen
ator Hitchcock admitted he had re
ceived a letter from Mr. Wilson
with the text of the new clause an
notated: "Not acceptable.. W. W."
Despite the unyielding attitude of
the White House, however, 14
democrats defied the president and
voted for the reservation. No re
publican voted,against it. The roll
call on the reservation follows:
Republicans - Borah, Brandegee,
Calder, Capper, Cplt, - Cummins,
Curtis. Dillingham, Edge, Elkins,
Fernald France. ' Frelinghuysen.
Gronna, Hale, Harding, Jones of
Washington, Kellogg. ' Kenyon,
Keyes, Knox, Laf Follette, Lenroot,
Lodge, - McCormick, McLean, Mc
Nary, Moses, New, Norrjs, Page,
Phipps, Poindexter, -Sherman,
Smoot, Spencer, Sterling, .Suther
land, Townsend, Wadsworth, War
ren and Watson 42.
Democrats Ashurst, Gerry, Gore,
Henderson, Kendrick, Myers, Nu
gent, Phelan, Pittman, Pomerene,
Reed, Shields, Smith of, Georgia,
and Walsh of Massachusetts 14.
Democrats Beckham. Chamber
lain, Comer, Culberson, Dial, Glass,
Harris, Harrison, Hitchcock, John
son of South Dakota, Jones of New
Mexico, King, Kirby, McKellar,
Overman, Owen, Ransdelh- Robin
son, Sheppard, -'Simmons, Smith of
Maryland, Stanley, Trammell, Un
derwood, Walsh , of Montana and
On adoption of the original article
10 reservation last November, the
vote was 46 t$ 33, with only four
democrats,, Senators Reed, Gore.
Smith of Georgia and Walsh, of
Massachusetts voting in the afiim
atiye. . .
" Text of New Reservation.
Here is the text of the new reser
"The United States assumes no
obligation to preserve the territorial
integrity or political independence
of any other country by the employ
ment of its military or naval forces,
its resources, s or any form of
economic discrimination, or to inter
fere in any way in controversaries,
including controverstries relating to
territorial integrity and political in-
(ontlnued on Pace Two, Colnmii Six.)
Supreme Court to Hear
All Dry Question Phases
Before Giving Opinion
Washington, March IS. All,
phases of the prohibition question
will be heard by the supreme court
before deciding pn validity of the
prohibition amendment and the Vol
stead enforcement act.'
L Havirg heard arguments in the
Rhode TslartLKentucky and Massa
chusetts cases, : the court granted
New Jersey permission to institute
original proceedings to test the
amendment It also fixed March 29t
10 near arguments m the Mew jer
sey proceedings, on appeals by
Christian" Feigenspan, a Newark. N.
J.V brewer, and on government ap
peals in injunction proceedings
against - the Manitowoc Products
company, Wisconsin. "
,In view of. the multiplicity of re
quests for nearings. the court post
poned a two-week recess planned -to
begin March 29. -"
O'Neill Man May Enter.. v
Contest for Governor
Lincoln, Neb March IS. (Spedal
Telegram.) Senator John A. Rob
insoof O'Neill is being prominent
ly mentioned here as a democratic
candidate for governor jn the April
primaries. It is said petitions will
he circulated in' his behalf at nnc.t.
He was a member of the"senate in
the sessions of 1915 and 1917,.
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HOLD UP THIRSTY
State Department Without a
Head forFirst Time
y In History.
Chicafo Tribuno-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Washington, March IS. For the
first time in American history, the
State department is without a head.
Acting Secretary of State Pollf,
serving Under the law for 30 days
since the resignation of Mr. Lansing,
reverted today to his own office
of under-secretary and the senate's
delay inconfirming the 'appoint
ment of Bainbridge Colby leaves the
cabinet office vacant.
Until the office is filled no .one
can leave the United States for a
foreign country because there is no
one to sign' passports.
Scores of congressmen discovered
this today when they sought to feet
passports to Europe, Cuba, South
America and other places tor con
stituents. No One to Sign Passports.
"Is there no one to sign pass
ports?" asked one congressman at
the passport bureau.
"No one," was the reply.
"Why can't the president sign
them?" he asked.
"Maybe" he could, but he's not
signing any today," was the re
sponse. It further developed today that
the president had been advised by
the attorney general that he could
;iot designate anotheV cabinet offi
cer under the Overman act to serve
temporarily as head of the State
department. The Department of
Justice held that the act provided
for -changes of cabinet jurisdiction
only for conduct of the war.
Not at War, Yet No Peace.
This interpretation involved the
conclusion that the government is
not now conducting a war, although
there has been no declaration of
peace, in ..contrast to the opinion
held last fall when the Lever act.
another war measure, was used as
an instrument against the coal
The president, it is understood,
had planned to name Secretary of
War Baker as temporary secretary
of state under the Overman act, but
the attorney general's opinion puj an
end to this.
The senate foreign -relations com
mittee did nothing today with the
Colby nomination and the prospect
is that there will be no secretary of
state for some time.
Meanwhile the exodus of tha
thirsty to Cuba and tours to Europe
are held up. , "
Dramatic Art Student
. Arrested in Lincoln
, For "Shoplifting"
... i " . 1
Lincoln, Neb., March . IS. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Lgye of fine clothes
is the reason given by pretty Mona
Banca, 17-year-old student of dra
matic art, for the theft of $700 worth
of clothing from stores here, in a
confession to police. The loot was
recovered in henroom.
Suits, shoes, silk hose and silk
teddy bears in large quantities'were
found jn her room. All were ideriti
fiefl as having been stolen from Lin
coln stores. ,
Miss Banca's - home is in North
Loop, Neb., where her father is a
prominent business man.
60-Mile Gale Demolishes
Airplane on McCook Field
McCook, Neb... March IS. (Spe
cial Telegtanv A new Curtiss air
plane recently purchased by J. E.
Brumley and housed jn a hangar on
the municipal .landing field was over
turned and completely destroyed by
a 60-mile gale which blew here Sun
day night and Monday." Five store
fronts were blown in and many
houses had windows destroyed by
the hjh wind. ' I
Lament Passing -Of
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Chicago, March IS. Farewell to
the "perfect thirty-sixes." Fash
ion designers have put the delect
able creatures out of the running,
at least fcr this season, and there,
is -much lamentation among the'
sprightly models who formerly
swept majestically up and down
in front of the buyers.
"There ain't no such a thing as
a feminine form today," .wailed
Gertie, one of the models.' "A-
. lady might as well be a .barrel of
sauer kraut as a perfect thirty-
sixt' A-Glassy built -daiiie can't 4
show the syje no more. , What
they need for a model is a circus
freakRubina, the rubber lady, or
something like that. She's gotta
have a spaghetti spine, double
joints and accordion-pleated mus
cles to fit into more tharr one
gown a year."
Gertie is right. There are two
ways to follow the fashions this
year. One is td follow them all.
the way. In the morning mi
lady will need a slim, wasp-waist;
in the afternoon she will require
a few curves, and in the evening
she wili have to be as straigh't as
a ramrod. As for the gowVis dis
played at the opening of the
Fashion Art league, one must be
a mathematician to guess whether
the forms they encase are spheres,
hemispheres, parabolas or comet-
like wisps of atmosphere. A
thousand dressmakers and de
signers are attending the conven
Guard Ex-Kaiser Strictly,
Even as He Saws Wood;
Crown Prince Keeps Mum
Amerongen, March 15. The forr
mer kaiser was up early Monday.
He seemed much calmer and sawed
wood three hours.
The former empress is well again.
The guard about the castle is very
"A high government official as
sured the Associated Press: "The
allies and the world may safely rely
upon Holland to guard the ex-kaiser,
though no more measures will be
taken Jlian are necessary to prevent
Wieringen. Holland, March IS.
Frederick William, the former Ger
man crown prince, who is very re
served in expressing his ideas about
the counter revolution, seems to be
entirely unperturbed. He may go
wherever he likes about the island.
Draft of Naval Measure
Washington, March IS. The
house subcommittee has completed
its draft cf the" naval appropriation
bill carrving approximately $400,
000,000. the bill will be submitted
to the full committee Tuesday.-
-. New Hungary Cabinet. '
Budapest, March IS. Alexandef
Simonyi Semeden, who last week
was asked to Jorm a cabinet, will
submit to Admiral Horthy, the new
regent, names of persons he vhas
chosen. He will be premier and
minister of the interior. ,
1 ' Forecast.
Iowa Partly cloudy Tuesday and
Wednesday; cooler Tuesday. ,
Nebraska Generally fair Tuesday
and Wednesday; colder in east Tues
da Hourly Temperatures.
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"GOD WITH US" '
Admiral Tells of Wartime
Anxiety in London and
. 'Washington, . March 15. An un
published story of wartime anxiety
in London and Washington lest
German battle cruisers -attempt a
forlorn hope raid against American
transports was disclosed today to
the senate naval investigating com
mittee bv Rear Admiral Sims. Mes
sages exchanged ; by ?Adrairal Ben-
son, tmei qi operations, ana va
miral Sims in July, 1918. were pre
sented by the latter to correct "im
plications" which, he said, ! Secre
tary Daniels had made to the comr
mittee that "general plans and pol
icies were none of my business."
Included in plans formed by the
Navy department to meet such raids
and rejected by Admiral Sims as
"impractical" was a proposal to call
on Japan for a battle cruiser division
to serve with the American Atlantic
Feared Battle Cruisers.
In the spring of 1918. he said,
when the submarine menace had
been overcome, naval officials in
London became apprehensive that
the Germans might send out battl
cruisers in the hope of destroying an
He advised guarding Unifed States
troop convoys with battleships.
Despite this, he said, the Navy de
partment on July 30 outlined a plan
of its own to meet such raids, pre
dicated, he added, on the "false
premise" that advanee warning
would be giveji. The plan contem
plated placing one division of Amer
ican battleships at Queensfown, Ire
land, to cover the eastern Atlantic,
another to be held at home ready to
cover the 'western Atlantic and a
divisionof Japanese battle cruisers
to be stationed with the Atlantic
fleet to pursue and sink raiders.
Sims' Own Plan Adopted. ,
"The plan was impracticable for
a number of reasons," Admiral Sims
declared. "It was eventually aban
doned and for it was substituted a
plan substantially the same as . pre
viously recommended by me."
Admiral Sims said the department
sent many cables-insisting that its
plan be given a trial and that it was
not abandoned until months after it
was first suggested. A raid in the
meantime he asserted, 'would have
found the United States without a
practical working plan to meet it.,
Only the fact "God was with us"
saved- early troopship convoys from
German. torpedoesAdmiral Sims de
"One of Kaiser's Old Guard"
Washington, March IS. General
Luettwitz, commanding military
forces of the new German govern
ment, was described as "one of tbe
kaiser's old gang" by Herbert
Hoover, who said he had found it
necessary to deal with the officer
during the war as ene of the prin
cipal German military officials in
Rocky Mountain States '
Suffer Badly by Storm
Denver, Colo., March J5. Stories
of-heavy property damage, crippled
wire service, snow slides and a bliz
zard came into Denver in the wake
of a heavy wind storm which swept
the Rocky" Mountain states all of
Sunday, Sunday night and Monday.
The wind is dying down."
Food for Europe Assured.
Washington. March IS. Food re
lief for Europe was assured when
the house passed overwhelmingly a
bill permitting the United States
Grain 'corporation to sell 5,000,000
barrel of soft wheat flour-on long
term credits to Poland, Austria and
Armenia. . "
IS AT AN El:
Basis of Agreement Reached
Between Governments v of
Kapp and Ebert, the Latter
To Retain Presidency.
JOINT DECLARATION IS
ISSUED AGAINST STRIKE
Walkouts and General Disor
der Following Appeal to
Workmen BringsTwo Fac
tions Into Accord.
Berlin, March IS. The counter
revolution in Germany appears to
night to v have' reached the end of
thd'road. There is a strong prob
ability that shortly one government
will be in control and that President
Ebert will tome back to Berlin with
A basis of agreement between
the government set up by Dr. Wolf
gang Kapo as chancellor and. that K
of President Ebert is enunciated in a
declaration ' issued by the . present
Berlin government today. An
nouncement is made that negotia
tions toward a settlement have been
opposed between the two govern
ments at the instance of President
Ebert and his associates. , There is,
however, no direct confirmation or
this from Ebert, who is understood
to be at Stuttgart. ' ' '
Chancellor Kapp is agreeable to ,
continuance of the "present imperial
president," who is Friedrich Ebert ;
he renounces formation of a new
ministry and placed direction of af- .
fairs in the hands of the under-sec-retaries
of state. v
' , Agreement of Kapp. I . "
x' The agreement as set forth by
Chancellor Kapp provides for a
cabinet which shall include profes-,
sional ministers, or. experts; elec
tions within two months for mem
bers of the reichstag and 4he Prus
sian national assembly and ubse-;
quently an election for "imperial
president" by the people until
which time Ebert shall hold office.
One significant clause in the pro
nouncement says "the new and old
governments shall issue, a joint dec
laration that under present condi
tions , a general strike is a crime
against the German people. ' ."'
. Herein lies, the explanation" of the
proposed' settlement, for the general
strike -has proved an effective
weapon. , Germany -already has felt
its sinister effect,' for the strike in
Berlin and many other principal
cities has cut off supplies, telephone,
light and heat.
Ebert Called Out Workers
" It was President Ebert and lifs
ministers who called on the social
ists, the workmen and all the people,
to declare , a general strike, and
there was an instant response. Labor
(fiercely resisted usurpation of the'
reactionary grovernment. Vast num
bers of men left their work and
serious disorders occurred. .
Chancellor Kapp and his support
ers announced they would deal -harshly
with strikes or passive re
sistance to the existing order ; in
Berlin. One leader of the counter .
revolution said :
"We won't knuckle down to the .
socialists and workmen, who' think
they can Run the country."
Notwithstanding the government
threat, it' has i been evident that
neither Df: Kapp nor Major Gen
eral Von Luettwitz was willing to
put I "his warnings fd test. Blood
shed would have been inevitable,'
plunging the country possibly into,
a state of anarchy and giving com-'
munists the opportunity they had
(Continued on ; Page Two. Column TItc'
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Dismissal of Grammer . "'
Appeal Is Asked by
Lincoln, Neb., March IS. (Spe
cial.) The attorney general's office t'
has filed motion in the United
States circuit court in St Louis for
the disn-iissal of the appeal -of Allen -Vincent
Grammer, stating that the ;
proper jurisdiction lies in direct ap-
appeal to the federal court and not
the circuit court. -. - N
, The case went to the United
States circuit court from the federal
courfrhere, where Grammer was de-.
nied a writ of habeas corpus on thev
grounds that he is being detained
and under death sentence .without
due process of law growing out of
errors in the Howard county dis
trict court. .- -
Grammer, -with Alson B. Cole. "
was convicted of the murder of
Grammer's mother-in-law, Mrs. '
Lulu Vogt, near Elba, Neb. '
The attorney general's office made J
a previous effort to have the case
dismissed on the emunrfa fha th
appeal was frivolous, the motion be-
!nv A-'.A 1 .L- - . t
us ucuicu, uu me case set ior tne
May term of the circuit court. , v
.'The latest motion of th
general will be argued next Thurs- .
aay oy Assistant Attorney General
Leads Opponents s
In Minnesota Primary
St. Paul. March 15. When.
turns from last jiiffht's stato.wiH ;
republican presidential prererente
primary were halted early today by", -
a blizzard which- paralyzed wire- "
communication. Major General
Leonard Wood was maintaining av
commanding lead over Senator Hi- '
ram Johnson of California." The vote '
from about 450 precincts, including
a majority of the St. Paul and Min
neapolis precincts was :Wood,12.-'
627: fohnsotl. 8.517: Hnnv AAStA ,
and towden. 3.510. ' ' r ' "
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