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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY. MARCH 31. mat.
May Take Stand
In Stillman Case
Identity of Woman Who In
troduced 'Mr . Leeds" to
"Mr. Leeds," Thought to
New York, March 30. Viola
Clark, a former chorus girl, was
named today as a possible witness
tor the defense in; the Stillman di-
At her lodgings she was said to
have disappeared suddenly, wo trace
., mr mwA he found. The house
where she lived li an old-fashioned
tenement near the fcast river, mere
it was said Miss Clark had tele
phoned and said "I am leaving. I
will not be back. You can rent my
bonis W her effect were said to
he in the room. Miss Clark, it was
learned today, has been identified
through a photograph which was
carried along Broadway and was
finally recognized by a well-known
actress who made a sudden and
startling rise from the chorus.
This actress looked at the photo
graph and said: .
"Why, that' Viola Clark. I
worked in the chorus with her sev
eral years ago."
Friend of Mrs. Leeds.
Miss Florence Lawler, now known
,is "Mrs, Leeds" and named by Mrs.
Stillman as co-respondent in the
case, is said o have worked in the
same chorus with Miss Clark.
Whether Miss Clark is the chorus
girl who. introduced Mr. Leeds to
Florence Lawler could 'not be veri
fied. Neither could it be positively
established whether she was the
"mysterious other woman" referred
to so often by those familiar with
It was said Miss Clark was once
quite popular along Broadway, but
of recent years has not been em
ployed in any theatrical production
and has been living modestly -and
Recently she has occupied one
small room in the east side tene
ment, where, it was said today that
she left for work early every morn
ing and was, home in the evenings,
nearly every night by 7 "o'clock.
Where she was employed was not
known to other occupants of the
Writes Letter to Piper.
While reporters have been unable
, to find Viola Clark, a letter signed
in her name has reached one of the
New York papers, in which the letter
writer admits knowing Mr. Stillman,
tells of dancing with him and of ac
cepting a $500 loan, but she stoutly
defends him. The letter reads: '
"l offer the following story for
any justification it may afford of why
1 am mentioned in this unusual rii-
v'orce case and what I know of James
"I met Mr. Stillman in 1914, and
. personally found him a rare and
charming gentleman, of exceptpnal
. culture and tact.
i'That 1 should be named the sec
ond woman of mystery in this sen
sational case is as absurd as it is un
true. -The article published in the New
York Tribune last Sunday, March 13,
purporting one 'of the co-respondents
to be well known in New York
society and considered beautiful was
even mailed to. me by an unknown,
but one acquainted with my ad
dress. Subject of Scandal.
Pit all appears to me to be the
well-laid plans of scwe wagging
tongues. It behooves some persons
to scandajiie me, for to assume me
morally irresponsible -is the -only
justification for those who have de
prived me of certain rights socially
and financially, .
"For seven years past (I will be
30 years of age next month) I have
been living on $25 a week, or very
much less, having only just what I
earned in a very insignificant ca
pacity. "The last summer that I spent in
Newport with my sister I found
some few persons o exceeding rude
and lacking in refinement that it was
' evident that their wealth and snob
bishness only could sustain their
prejudice, but I now comprehend
Met Stillman in 1914.
'I met Mr- Stillman at a ball,
where we danced a good deal to
gether in 1914. I was at that time
interested in' a renting proposition tn
Brooklyn owned by the late Theo
dore Shonts, which would have net
ted me a fortune had I sufficient cap
ital to launch it.
"Thought pressed financially, Mr.
Stillman, on my request, lent me
$500, which I hav&rfinee been unable
to repay, as with some other debts.
1 have not been asked about this,
however, nor have I seen or heard
from Mr. Stillman since then, the
early spring of 1914, but this asso
ciation of a distinctly business .na
ture has been wilfully misconstrued.
"I recall that Mr. Stillman has a
very powerful and winning personal
ity. He was very attractive to wo
men, generally, with resulting enmity
and jealousy of some men.
"Mr. Stillman has already stated
that some of his own supposed
. friends betrayed him. AH circum
stances make the case extremely sen
sational and Mr. Stillman's position
particularly unenviable. Mrs. Still
man not only has"Jhe support of her
many. personal friends but exclusive
; society as well, which would resent
the possible intrusion of a common
outsider into their sanctified midst
Let this conclude the statement.
" ' "VIOLA CLARK.''
' - Following the naming of . Miss
Clark as a possible witness m the
case came confirmation 'from an au
thoritative source that Mrs. Stillman
was considering a new step in de
. fense and probably would ask permis
sion to further amend iier amended
answef to take in the name of at
least one woman uther than Mrs.
Verification of the possible nam
ih of a secend woman came from
a legal source in rougnnecpsic x ma
informant said that for three years,
a woman now living in humble cir
cumstances in New York City,
maintained a villa at wrden city,
L. ln and posea as tne wne oi a
man who;, visited her.
Detectives for Mrs. Stillman have
learned that this woman gave up the
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i nner : nfnnrt retreat, ana an -ex
plosive apartment m New York
Man Named in
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Here is the first real photograph
guide named by James A. Stillman,
divorce. Heretofore only snapshots showing the Indian as a cniid ot tne
woods," have been published. This picture reveals him as the polished
man he has been declared to be. student of philosophy, lover of opera,
and a keen business man. The photograph was made at Montrel.
City in fall of 1917, when, according
to Mrs. btillman s answer, the
banker is alleged to have met Mrs.
Leeds. The second woman talked
much, to detectives of her period of
affluence, and is said to have offered
to take the witness stand in behalf
of Mrs. Stillman.
Yeggs Kill Iowa
(Continued From Fdge One.)
the finding of the wounded watch
man, and citizens of the town
crowded into automobiles and gave
Posse Is Formed.
Meantime, the little telephone girl
had been busy.
rluggmg every town within a
radius of 100 miles of Stuart, Nellie
Russell warned the authorities of the
robbery and escape of the bandits.
Van Meter, halfway between
Stuart and Des Moines, was thus
notified within a few moments after
the bandits fled.
Apossee was quickly formed
there and just as it was getting or
ganized, the deep roar of a high
powered motor being pushed tg its
limit, was heard, and the sedan
dashed through the main street of
Scattered shots from the sedan
partially disbursed the posse as its
members sought cover, but returned
the fire of the robbers frorru shot
guns, rifles, and revolvers.
JtJut the robbers had disannearerf
in a cloud of dust, just as the early
morning glow beitan to break across
"the horizon. '
They reached Des Moines, anil
abandoned the car.
The car was found bv T fmnc
detectives, also out on a bandit hunt
at the word of Nellie Russell of
And on the cushions of - the car
were smears of .blood.
Marshal Myers was rieht. He
must have "got" one of the robbers.
Ihe car had been stolen from
downtown early last evening, it was
wscovered, and had served its pur
Small Amount of Loot.
Nickels and dimes totalinjr about
$10 made up the loot the bandits got
trom the rirst National bank.
And for .that $10 they committed
President Foster of the bank was
grieved at the death of -the aged
"The bank didn't lose much. But
poor Myers he lost his life. He
gave his all," he said.
"The officials of this bank shall
do everything in their power to
bring the murderer and robbers to
their just deserts.
"No, they didn't get to the money
"You see, they 'jimmied' the door
of the bank and went to work on the
vaults at once.
"They smashed the combination on
one of the vaults and were evidently
at work inside when they heard the
shots out in front.
Scoop Up Nickels.
"When they saw their jig was up,
they must have scooped up the
nickels and dimes in the cups behind
the cage and fled.
"Inside the vault shows they had
rummaged around in there."
' Thousands of dollars was in the
othrti.,vault, which was untouched
by th robbers, according to Presi-
of the robbers was masked,
marshal had told Foster be-
s was shot tour times, twice
leg and twice in the body.
the bullets crashed through
in the J
his spihe. This wound was fatal.
Myer is survived by his wife and
All three daughters are grown and
are teaching school. Two of them
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of Fred Beauvais, the north woods
New York banker, in his suit for
live at home, while the third teaches
school at Harlan, la.
While Marshal Myers was giving
his life in a futile effort to stop the
robbers, havoc reigned suprehie at
Central police headquarters in
Omaha police were notified, of il.e
robbery and escape of the bandits
just before the change of shifts of
the officers and detectives.
Wi,th the arrival of the day shift,
four automobile loads of officers,
armed with sawed off shotguns, were
assigned to the chase.
Two carloads dasbed to Florence
to block that avenue of escape should
the .fleeing bandits ' pass through
The other two carloads made for
the river bottoms. And. Pilots Staf
ford and James took the air in their
planes to aid in scouring the high
ways and byways ..leading into
The buzzer on the switchboard at
"The robbers in a high-powered
car just dashed across the Illinois
Central bridge in East Omaha," came
"Yes, this is the toll man talk
ing." Ordered to Bridge.
And one of the carloads of officers
headed for the bottoms was ordered
to the-bridge post-haste.
Then from the county attorney's
office came the word that Special In
vestigator Carey Ford had been in
formed the toll man on the bridge
was shot by the fleeing bandits.
This spurred on the officers with
their nose to the trail.
n ivhrn thpv reached the
Illinois Central bridge, they learned"
John Grover, contractor, was
driving his car with five workmen
and a chauffeur across the bridge,
and when asked to show his cre
dentials, laughed at the toll man, on
duty, who was new to his job, and
drove on across the bridge.
This led the toll man to notify
police, for he had been warned of
the Stuart robbery by Council Bluffs
Bluffs Police Notified.
Council Bluffs police wre also
notified through the Omaha "head
quarters that a speeding car. re
sembling that used by the Stuart
robbers, had raced through Missouri
Valley, headed for the Bluffs.
Because such would have meant a
large detour from the route from
Stuart to Omaha, .Bluffs police
maintained their equilibrium, and
decided not to join the chase.
They later learned from Missouri
Valley that the e,ar was a roadster
with but two passengers.
By this time, Omaha headquarters
had been notified of the finding of
the abandoned bandit car in Des
Moines, and Pilots Stafford and
James were wigwagged from the
And foiled at every- turn of the
road, the detectives out in the four
man-hunt cars, wended their weary
way back to headquarters and there
learned of the Des Moines discovery.
Germany Protests Sale of
Coal by Allies to Neutrals
Berlin, March 30. Protest against
the sale by allied governments to
neutrals of coal delivered by Ger
many on the reparations account is
made in a note addressed to the
reparations commission and the Bel
gian cabinet by the German govern
ment. It is declared that such sales
are permissible only with the consent
of Germany and that it is entitled to
participate in any profits made, in
asmuch as the present coal levies,
which are assessed monthly by the
entente, make such heavy demands
on it that it is obliged to curtail
home consumption. J
An underground railway operating
on the switchback principle has been
invented in England, gravity acceler
ating the speed of trains to as much
hs 60 miles an hour
Two Faiths in
Fight to Win in
Omaha Suburb Battle
grouud of Methodists and
Presbyterians Who Each
Who will bring Ralston to God
Methodists or Presbyterians?
Presbyterians have the lead, the
Rev. G. A. Bolas, Methodist minis
ter admitted, a little ruefully, yes
terday at the Methodist confer
ence in Dietz Memorial church.
The little industrial suburb south
of Omaha has longr been the battling
grouud of both faiths, according to
Bolas, who labored there for 12
The Rev. C. C. Wilson raised the
iiscussion by appealing to 'the
Methodist ministers to do some
thing from a Methodist viewpoint
for Ralston." ,
"It is a growing industrial center,
has a big enough summer colony at
Seymour lake to fill a Sunday school
and presents a splendid opportunity
for service, said the Rev. Wilson.
"South Side Presbyterians are
entering the field."
"No Methodist Sentiment."
"Let the Presbyterians have Ral
ston then,", returned Brother Bolas,
with feeling. "I was there 12 months
and I know what Ralston is. There
is no Methodist sentiment there.
There are only two families with
real Methodist fire. The others who
came to Methodist . services were
formerly Presbyterians and Luther
ans. A distinguished brother then took
"Can not the Methodist conference
arrange an agreement with the Pres
byterians as to how religious work
shall be carried on there?" he sug
gested. "Yes, there'd be an agreement be
tween the Presbyterians and the
Methodists that the Presbyterians
should have Ralston!" exclaimed
He related one instance of Ral
ston's pulling away from Methodism
, Angry at Interference.
"There was $50 in the Sunday
school fund, which I suggested
should go toward benevolences of
the church. The Presbyterians came
in with some kind of an athletic
event where prizes were to be given,
etc. I went to several members and
got some of the money used for
church work. They were angry about
it and pulled away."
The Rev. J. W. Kirkpatrick. dis
trict superintendent, presiding at the
meeting, said he would make no over
tures to the Presbyterians.
"None of them has ever ap
proached me," he said. "They sim
ply went in and took possession of
the field. They have also made
statements that we neglected the
Nevertheless, the Methodists have
no intention of abandoning Ralston,
"We just hae no one to put into
that field right now, that's why there
is no work there," said he.
Members of Wheeler Memorial
Presbyterian church, of which the
Rev. R. L. Wheeler is pastor, have
been active in religious work in
"We Presbyterians were first in
the field. We started a mission as
soon as the town was laid out," said
Rev. Mr. Wheeler. "But I thought
the Methodists had Ralston now.
"We have had some Presbyterian
services there, yes, in the last few
years. There were two preachers,
one Methodist and one Presbyterian,
preaching on alternate Sundays.
Dr. Wheeler said he had not
preached in Ralston for two years.
Policy in Speech
Tells New Orleans Business
Men of His Country's
Mexico City, March 30. Govern
mental policies followed by the
present Mexican j administration
were defended by President Obre
gn in an address before New
Orleans business men, who were received-
at the national palace yester
day. He declared that Mexico "of
fers the best opportunities and ad
vantages to North American busi
ness men who are investing capital"
and that the government would
strive to extend guarantees to all
fair and honest men seeking legiti
mate profits on their money.
Operator, Missing Six Weeks,
Found Murdered at Ft. Worth
Ft. Worth, Tex., March 30. A
badly decomposed body, believed to
be that of Scott Nicholas, a West
ern Union telegraph operator,
formerly of El Paso, Tex., who has
been missing here since February 8,
was found in Trinity river today.
A coroner's investigation showed
the man had been shot through the
head. Police believe he was mur
dered, robbed and his body thrown
from the bridge. Nicholas served
the Western Union Telegraph com
pany at El Paso, ' Tex., in the
capacity of night chief operator
from 1911 to 1918.
Fined for Intoxication
Madison, Neb., March 30. (Spe
cial.) John Hash of Meadow Grove,
arrested on the charge of being in
toxicated, pleaded guilty before
Countv Judge McDuftee and was
Will Discuss Celebrating'
Madison, Neb., March 30. (Spe
cial.) Thursday evening a mass
meeting of the citizens of Madison
will be held to decide whether Madi
son will have a Fourth of July cele
bration. Seek Road Meeting
Madison, Neb., March 30. (Spe
cial.) The Madison Community club
has invited the Upland riiRhway
association to hold its annual con
vention here. This convention will
be held early in May.
Read Bee Want Ads,
Beatrice to Retain
Beatrice, Neb.. March 30. (Spe
cial Telegram.) Beatrice defeated
a proposition to return to the coun
cil system at a special election by
a vote of 339 to 1,162. Advocates of
th commissioner system carried
the First, Second and Fourth wards
by overwhelming majorities.
The Third ward, the home of ex
Councilman Charles McColl, spon
sor of the council system, was the
only one carried by opponents of
the commissioners. Little interest
was shown in the election until late
in the afternoon, when friends of
the commission form got busy. A
total of 1,501 votes were cast.
For Dead in Ruins
Of Chicago Blast
Police Authorities Seek Evi
dence that May Throw
Further Light on Cause
Of Disastrous Explosion.
Chicago, March 10. Search for
bodies continued today in the ruins
of the warehouse destroyed by an
explosion yesterday. Firemen and
police dug also for evidence that
might throw further light 011 the
cause of the disaster, in which at
least eight persons were killed and
several score hurt,
Shirley T. High, fire attorney,
planned to question again today Ed
ward and Isadore Shaffer, sons of
one of the proprietors of a concern
which, city authorities believe, has
been maufacturing and storing fire
works in a building adjacent to the
destroyed warehouse. City ordinances
forbid storage of fireworks within
the city limits. 1
The police were trying also to find
W. Singer and Nathan Shaffer, part
ners in the alleged fireworks concern.
When they could not be found yesterday-it
was thought that they
might be among the dead, but today
the police said they believed the men
had fled to escape possible prosecu
tion. Max Singer, a nephew of Shaffer's
oartner. is said to have told the po
lice that ordinarily 10 men were used 1
to load firecrackers in a secret base
ment factory. . He said that only four
were at work yesterday and that all
"There are four salesmen out on
the road," Singer is 6aid to have re
lated, "but they never came near the
store. My uncle used to -meet them
in down-town hotel lobbies. They
would turn over their orders and my
uncle would arrange for the de
liveries." Viviani in America
To Listen and Report
((ontinued From Pace One.)
the information of his govern
ment are the followins:
1. Is the United States willing to
enter the league of nations with
Article 10 of the covenant elimin
2. If not, what sort of league, if
any, is the United States, willing to
3. Does the United States intend
to make peace with Germany inde
pendently of the allied powers?
4. Will the senate ratity tne treaty
under which the United States and
Great Britain would help defend
France against any future aggres
sion by Germany?
5. Is the United States disposed
to take action which Would give
moral support to the' measure
adopted for exacting reparation from
There will be definite answers to
all of these questions forthcoming
when President Harding, having
mapped out his program of domestic
legislation for submission to con
gress, takes up international ques
tions with Secretary Hughes and
other members of the cabinet and
with the leaders in congress, par
ticularly the members of the senate
committee on foreign relations.
I he first question can be answered
now. The mere elimination of
Article 10 from the covenant would
not satisfy the administration. The
sort of league the United States is
disposed to enter ?s the association
of nations desired by President Har
ding an organization for confer
ence, not a permanent military alli
ance. As to the third Question, trfe atti
tude of the administration is that the
United States cannot accept the Ver
sailles treaty unless it should he
tadically, revised, and unless the
allied p6wers consent to' such re
vision it will be necessary to make
peace with Germany independently.
The question of ratifying the triple
alliance has slumbered for months
and there appears to be no revival of
sentiment in its favor.
France Opposed to Return.
.Paris. March 30. (By The Asso
ciated Press.) France is strongly
opposed to a return of former Em
pcror Charles to the throne of Hun
gary, it was declared in official cir
cles tonight. France, together with
the other allied powers?, has made it
clear to Hungary that the allies will
not tolerate a movement looking to
a retorar:oii of the Hansburtr riv-
vjmciai osnavfies to the forei" i
o.fice from Budapest said that the
-n v support the former monarch
ind was that of one general and
two deputies who had been arresie '
trench cfticials believe the attein,--
M the fon.ier emperor to have been
Pyrotechnic Display for
Ak-Sar-Ben Fall Festival
A pyrotechnic display, featuring a
replica of the destruction of Pompeii
has been added to the program of
events for the Ak-Sar-Beh festival
Con.t!2ct for the' Performance was
Held on Shooting Charge
Madison, Neb.. f arch 30. (Soe
cial.) Henry Lewis of Meadow
Grove, charged with shooting wilh
intent to kill, at his preliminary hear
ing before County Judge M. S. Mc-Duffee-
was hound over to the dis
trict court and bail fixed at $1,000.
Girl Stricken With Meningitis
Is Near Death in Hospital
Anita Lively, 25, Falls City girl
Uricken with cerebro spinal menin
gitis, 'is very low at University hot
pital. She is no longer able to speak.
Members of her family gathered
at her bedside include her mother,
A particularly complete
selection of all materials
required for needlework.
Yarns, embroidery cot
tons, stamped pieces of
every description, pack
age outfits, decorative lin
ens these together with
models for your guidance.
A very attractive two
clasp overseam Lamb
skin glove in brown,
gray, tan, black and
white, $2.50 a pair.
Bungalow Aprons of
gingham and percale in
light and dark colored
striped patterns and
checks, $1.90 and $2.25.
Dix White Dresses for
morning wear are
shown in attractive new
styles for $6. Extra sizes
Blue Gingham Dresses,
Dix make,-are especial
ly -'Active for $3.50
Pure Thread Silk
Hose $1.75 a pair
Full fashioned with lisle
tops and soles. Shown in
black, gray, cordovan
The tape measure of an office
holder's qualifications for re
election is his record. That is
something he has moulded him
self and whether a benefit or a
detriment, it stands. Issues may
' gather and befuddle, but when
the smoke clears the record is still
Harry B. Zimman, candidate
for re-election as a city commis
sioner, is willing to stand on his
record as a city official of the city
In this advertisement his rec
ord, of which he and his many
friends are so proud, is presented
to the voter. With this before
them, he is willing to let them be
judge and jury on Primary Day,
April 5. v ;
He was the champion of municipal ownership of the waterworks.
He led successful fights, early in his career, for reductions in electric light
' rates, in telephone rates, in street car fares, for universal 1 transfers and for
school children's tickets.
He helped correct long-standing scandals by his successful fight for open
specifications and the widest latitude of competition in street paving contracts.
He opposed the five-year gas contract, which the'eouncil, over Zimman's
protest, granted in defiance of the injunction.
He wds one of the first workers for woman suffrage in Nebraska.
- He led the fight in the council for dollar gas.
He led the fight in the council for an increase in taxation of the public serv
- ice corporations. ,
He was the author of the occupation tax on public service corporations, re
quiring a payment into the city treasury of 3 per cent of their gross receipts,
which has netted Omaha to date close to $2,000,000.
He has acted as mediator in labor controversies and was instrumental in set
tling many threatened strikes.
He was active in the fight for municipal taxation of the railroad terminals.
He supported the initiative and referendum.
He opposed the twenty-five-year extension of the gas franchise.
He opposed, only recently, the taking over of the gas plant, not as an enerr
of municipal ownership, but because he believed the valuation . was excessiv
and would result in increased rates.
He has shown active opposition to the increase in electric light rates.
He worked for the present "honest" election law.
A name similar to that of Harry
B. Zimman will be on the ballot.
When voting make sure that you
put your cross after the right name
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Mrs. J. F. Lively, a brother and two
sisters, one from Falls City and one
O. II. Eggleston, real estate man
at firjt detained when Miss Lively
was taken sick at the Y. W. C. A.,
has returned to his home in Malvern,
la., according to Mrs. E. S. Rogers
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