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Executives Unite in Pronounc
ing High Wages as Chief
Cause for Present Finan
. cial Difficulties.
Specific Cases Are Cited
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Be lad Wlr.
Washington. May 15. The rail
road executives will consume all of
this week and perhaps part of next
week, telling the senate interstate
commerce commission their views of
the reasons for the existing perilous
financial plight of the railroads.
Daniel Willard, president of the
Baltimore and Ohio, will follow
Julius Kruttschnitt, chairman of the
board of the Southern Pacific, whose
cross-examination by Senator La
Follctte probably will be concluded
' However widely the views of the
executives differ on other matters,
they are a unit in pronouncing the
high labor costs of railroads the
chief faction in the inability of the
transportation systems to make both
They will be followed on the wit
ness stand by the representatives of.
the employes who will seek to dem
onstrate that wasteful management,
not high wages, is to blame. They
will undertake to cite practicable
economies which, if put into effect,
would leave the roads a handsome
profit without reducing wages.
Blames McAdoo Rule.
In analyzing operating expenses,
Mr. Kruttschnitt says that the ab
normal increase in labor costs is due
not alone to high wages, but in sub
stantial measure to the national
agreements originating under the
Mc.taoo railway administration,
"which compelled the railroads to
pay 1 for much work that was not
done." He cites the following 10
typical cases which he says "might
be multiplied indefinitely:"
1. The Perc Marquette .railway
"was compelled to pay $9,364 in back
pay to four employes, because their
titles under those agreements were
changed by a decision of the director
general, while the nature' of their
duties and the volume of their work
remained the same."
2. A car repairer on the Virginian
railway "was paid $1,000 for work
he never did. He was laid off with
other employes because there was no
work for him to do. When he be
came entitled under his 'seniority
. rights' to be re-employed, he re
ceived back pay and overtime." .
J. ihe shop crafts agreement pro
vides that when employes are . re
quired to check in and out on their
own time they will be paid for one
hour extra at the close of each week,
no matter how few hours they may
have worked. This rule in the first
six months of 1920 cost the railways
$6,500,000, or at the rate of $13,000,
000 a year.
4. On the Chesapeake and Ohio
railroad, piece work car repairers
"decreased 41.4 per cent and air
brake repairers 33.4 per cent in ef-
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On!v Daughter of
Is Killed in Ireland
icltast, May 15. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) Miss Barrington, only
daughter of Sir Charles Barrington,
former high sheriff of County Lim
trick and who has been interested in
endeavoring to promote peace be
tween discordant factions in Ireland,
was killed ttday io an attack on a
l-arty with which she was traveling.
Nine policemen, two soldiers and
several other persons were killed Sat
urday and today in attacks and coun
For general and organized vio-
ence Saturday and today probably
ere the worst, since January, my.
All casualties except one occurrtd
in the area of. the southern depart
ment. Widow of Stuart Marshal
Will Receive Big Pension
Mrs. J. J. Myers, widow of the
town marshal at Stuart, la., who
was killed in a gun battle with bank
robbers about two months ago, will
receive support for life from a fund
inaugurated by bankers of District
No. 5 at their convention in the
Bluff last .week. Each county in
southwestern Iowa will contribute
$50 to this fund, it was decided.
Frank Warner, secretary of the
bankers' association, suggested the
fund. He stated that the marshal
was 73 years old and that he and his
wife were dependent upon his salary
for support. The southwestern Iowa
bankers, in their resolution provid
ing the fund, urged similar action
in all parts of their state, wherever
a public officer losses his life in the
defense of bank funds.
Claim They Caught Biggest
Trout of Kind in Nebraska
Oshkosh, Neb., May 15. (Spe
cial.) Ed Wood and Irl Armstrong
claim to have caught the biggest
German Brown trout that has ever
been hooked in the state. It was 14
inches long and weighed just three
ounces less than six pounds. The
fishermen hooked this prize-winner
while fishing in Otter creek north
cast of Lewellen.
Reynolds, Neb., May 14. (Spe
cial.) The Reynolds High school
senior class baccalaureate address
will be given at the Baptist church
May 15. The commencement exer
cises will be at the Methodist Episco
pal church, May 18,
Gunmen Busy in
Carnival of Crime Staged Over
City Saturday Night and
Sunday Morning Three
Gun Gangs Active.
Gunmen were busy in Council
Bluffs Saturday night and Sunday
morning and burglars and automo
bile thieves also were active. Glen
Donley, manager of the central plant
of the Standard Oil company. Six
teenth avenue and Fourth street,
was held up and robbed of the after
noon's receipts, about $250.
Donlev had worked late at his of'
fic at the plant and did not start for
his home, 1232 Fairmount avenue, a
few blocks away, until after mid
night. As a precaution against yegg
men, who have operated in the city
recently, he removed the money
from the safe and put it in his pocket.
He had reached Third street and
Thirteenth avenue when a truck
passed him and stopped at the curb
a short distance ahead ot him,
Keep Engine Running.
Two men sprang out, leaving a
third man at the wheel. One of
the bandits pressed a revolver
against his stomach, while the other
searched him. I hey found his money-
in a few seconds, then jumped
into the car and escaped. The hold
up occurred near a street light and
the victim got a good view of the
Two armed bandits held tip Art
Williams. 710 1-2 West Washington
avenue, driver for the Central gro
cery store. He was stopped at
Twenty-first street and Broadway
while making a late delivery at 9:30.
He had nothing but an empty purse.
The bandits took that and also his
pocket knife." It is the second or
third time that Williams has been
held up on his late Saturday night
run and he has quit carrying money
or other valuables.
Agent in Gun Battle.
Ed S. Martin, Council Bluffs spe
cial agent of the Northwestern rail
road, had a shooting affray in the
company's yards at Missouri Valley
early yesterday morning. He en
countered two young men in the act
of looting a boxcar. In answer to
his challenge one of them pulled an
automatic pistol and opened fire.
Martin responded with his heavy .45
caliber revolver, but' so far as is
known, none of his shots took effect.
Bullets from the bandit's gun hissed
by his ears, but all missed hint.
Sam Snyder, Oakland avenue, re
ported tct police yesterday morning
that thieves had broken into his
garage and stolen his big touring
car. Four hours previously E. M.
Knight, 3625 Tenth avenue, had call
ed the station and reported an auto
abandoned in front of his home.
j This was found to be the missing
car. It had been partially stripped.
A new Buick touring car was
found abandoned yesterday morn
ing at Twenty-third Street and
Broadway. It bore Nebraska license
208,337 and is still unclaimed at po
Coal Mine Battle in
Rj m I
eneWeCI at iYlemmaC i
Williamson, W. Va., May 15.
Heavy firing on Merrimac, W. Va.,
from the Kentucky mountains op
posite that village, broke out tonight,
according to . a report received by
Cant. J. R. Brockus, of the state
police. All other places in the
trouble zone along the Tug river
were reported quiet. "
A squad of troopers headed by
Captain Cooper left immediately for
the scene. Before leaving, Captain
Bockus communicated with the Ken
tucky National guardsmen on duty
at Sprigg and requested .that they
move on the attackers. .
He was informed, the captain said,
that the soldiers could not leave
Sprigg as they were watching a
body of men in the mountains there.
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Meanest Thief .Robs Woman
Of Her Dead Son's Clothes
Mrs. W. A. Barnes, Sixteenth ave
nue and Thirty-fourtn street, Coun
cil Bluffs, reported to police that
burglars entered her home Saturday
night and robbed her of a suit ,of
clothes which she treasured in re
membrance of her son, George, who
was killed in a railroad accident a
year ago near Central City, Neb.
The mother said that she valued
the clothing above all other e-f her
possessions as a keepsake and mo
mento of her dead son and that it
was the first thing for which, she
looked upon discovering that the
house had been robbed. She de
scribed it as ablue serge suit with
a light pin stripe. Police are watch
ing pawnshops for the clothing.
Northwestern Shops May
Be Located in Bluffs
Transfer of the Northwestern
shops from ' Missouri Valley, to
Council Bluffs may be accomplished
this summer, and Bluffs realtors will
face the problem of providing homes
for the 300 families who will be
brought from the Valley by the re
moval. In addition, 62 families occupying
houses on the site where the new
shops will be erected may be given
30 days notice at any time to seek
new homes and also must be pro
vided for by the realtors. The leases
I .eld by these families all contain
clauses providing for vacation at any
time upon 30 days' notice.
School at Franklin Holds
Franklin, Neb., May IS. (Special.)
Commencement exercises of the
Franklin High school were held at
the Methodist church. The address
was given by Supt. Dell Gibson of
In appreciation of their superin
tendent the class presented P. L
Graves with a fine gold watch.
Practically Every Telegraph
And Telephone Line Into
Omaha Rendered Useless
By "Northern Lights."
Unusual Display Visible
Practically every telegraph and tel
ephone wire leading into Omaha and
the radio station at the aerial mail
field, as well as private radio sta
tions, were rendered useless Satur
day afternoon and night because
of the unusual activity of the aurora
borealis and its accompanying earth
currents, which became active early
Saturday afternoon and continued
during the night. Wire experts said
that the activities might continue for
This electric phenomenon is unus
ual at this time of the year, accord
ing to scentists, the aurora borealis
or "northern lights," being more
common in late autumn and winter.
The unusual brightness and activity
of the "northern lights," have not
been known in this vicinity for many
years. It is said that the unusual
cold weather prevalent for the last
week is responsible.
All Wires Out of Order.
The wire chief or chief "trouble
shooter" in charge of the long dis
tance telephone and telegraph wires
at the telephone building said last
night that practically every wire
coming into Omaha was out ot
order and that there had , been
trouble all Saturday.
With them it was a futile battle
to attempt to overcome the earth
currents accompanying the electric
display in the heavens.
Wire troubles were complicated
as the eartli currents were ot a
jumpy" nature, being strong for a
period and then growing weaker,
but soon regaining their former
Disturbances on the Western
Union wires were felt at 4 p. m.
Saturday, the earth currents deflect
ing all operation. All messages were
accepted subject to delay because of
the impossibility to make any head
way against the earth currents. Ac
cording to Western Union wire men
this was the longest consecutive dis
turbance on record in Omaha,
TTirough lines to Chicago over the
Postal wires were "down" after 9
p. m. Because of the intermittent
disturbances, operators were unable
to send out or receive messages'.
News wires . of the Associated
Press experienced trouble at 4
p. m., which continued until later in
the-night, when they were rendered
useless entirely. Very little news of
the outside world was received after
10 p. m.
The wireless station at the aerial
mail field was closed at 2 p. m. be
cause of the static electricity while
owners of private radio stations re
ported the same troubles.
-The "n6rthern lights" became visi-
Die soon atter sundown and became
more vivid and active as the night
grew aarKer. At y p. m. the lights
were in their zenith and filtered down
in great streams, resembling the
bursting of a giant star shell.
These great streams of light va
ried from a light green, to pearl
gray and at times the skies were al
most an emerald green.
Resemble Search Light.
They resembled, during their ac
tivity, the rays of a great search
light being flashed across the skies.
When residents of Omaha became
aware of the activity and beauty of
the aerial electric display, they gath
ered on their porches and in their
yards to watch.
According to an old superstition
long observed in vicinities where
"northern lights" are common, when
the rays cover the heavens and the
descending beams are very active,
pleasant weather is sure to follow.
Should the old superstition hold
true, Nebraska will be visited by
clear, fair weather very soon.,
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Beaver City Youth Wins
In Declamatory Contest
Stanton, Neb., May 15. (Special
Telegram.) Fay Meadows of Beav
er City won first place in the oratori
cal division of the High school decla
matory contest held here in the Raabe
opera house. Clarence Hatch of
Gordon took second place. Fay
Meadows' victory marks the third
time he has won first in a state dec
Claud Welch of Stanton was
awarded first place in the humorous
class and Lucille Bulger of Arcadia
second. There were seven contest
ants in the oratorical class and eight
in the humorous.
$90.28 PER DAY
That is what some live
wire is going to earn the
next three weeks at a
mighty interesting job. You
can have the job if you are
willing to get down to brass
tacks and work for it.
Figure it out for yourself.
There are eighteen working
days in the next three
weeks. The pay consists of
a $1,625.00 Overland Sedan
or a $1,350.00 Jordan Five
If you should fail to
make this award there 'are
twenty-seven others, and
all non-winners will get
cash commissipns. ' See the
offer of the Help Yourself
Club on page 3.
Is Criticised for
Speech in House
French Press Up in Arms
Over Stand Takr?ti liv
Lloyd George on
CUU'Ufo Tribune Cable, Covytghi0f
irans, jiay 10. .ay wir.eires.
The French press, including conser
vative, liberal and radical organs, is
up in arms against the English atti
tude on the,, upper bilesian problem
as reflected in Prime Minister Lloyd
George's speech in the house of com
mons yesterday. Several journals
see an impasse in the present crisis
which may definitely rupture the en
tente. The semi-official Temps, in com
menting editorially on Mr. Lloyd
George's speech, said "while our .gov
ernment expressly declared that it
would not tolerate the entry of Ger
man troops into the upper Silesia
plebiscite territory, Prime Minister
Lloyd George has said the Germans
must enter if the allies do not suc
ceed in queiling th Polish insurrec
tion. The Germans the reactionary
military parties thus rind themselves
encouraged to undertake war opera
tions which may set the whole Eu
ropean continent on fire."
The Petit Parisien declared,. "Prime
Minister Lloyd George yesterday ut
tered a dangerous speech. Doubt
less he did not measure the disastrous
effect which would be produced in
France by the advice he gives Ger
many to re-establish order in her own
province at a time when the Ger
mans have just promised to pay and
disarm and when proofs abound, that
though the Poles have been com
pelled to take tip arms, it was not
they that began the trouble.
"One could hope that these words
were only a freak, yet one is com
pelled reluctantly to point out that
on other points fche activity of Brit
ish diplomacy, since the ultimatum
was sent, has not been very discreet.
It is asserted that Lord d'Abernon
(the British ambassador to Ger
many) in an agreement with his
government, let Germany under
stand that as a reward lor ner ac
ceotance of the ultimatum, the allies
would immediately evacuate Ruhrort,
Dusseldorf and Duisberg. lhis step
is said to have been taken without
France being aware of it.
Crisis Is Near.
"Wherefor these initiatives? Is it
out of love for Germany? Certainly
m. ' - " 1 n , an
nnf I lie nnusn Kovernmciii,
thus acting, yields only to a desire
for facilitating by all means possible
the re-establishment of economic
peace which is indispensible, for
England is prey to a most dangerous
crisis, ine cntisn government s in
tentions are all the more suspicious,
because in other fields it manifests a
desire to draw closer, the bonds be
tween England and France."
"Prime Minister. Lloyd George is
badly acquainted with the patience
of the French public," writes In
transigeant, "if he deems it capable
of enduring with impunity, his whims
after those of former President Wil
son, whom he desires to replace as
the arbiter of the world."
Pertinax, in the Echo d' Paris, as
serted that Mr. Lloyd George lost
an excellent chance for keeping his
mouth shut. His article of 1.000
words is filled with bitter criticism
of the English attitude toward", .he
Oi. ti ri
Utline future rufflS
Lincoln, May IS. (Speial.) The
alleged disfranchisement of Lincoln
voters by the city commissioners in
refusing to elect Charles W. Bryan
mayor, probably will result in the
following action by Bryan ad
herents: Attempt recall of Frank C. Zeh
Referendum on an ordinance
creating a municipal ice plant, coal
yard and public market.
This is a plan to be submitted by
a special committee to a mass meet
irig of Bryanites Monday night. The
committee appointed last week at a
big mass meeting to work out a pro
gram in behalf of the outraged citi
zens is composed of E. H. Schroder,
Frank M. Coffey, Orville Jones, G.
J. Maul and Mrs.R. E. Richardson.
Three Days' Dedicatory
Service Ends at Cortland
Beatrice, Neb., May IS. (Special.)
The three days' dedicatory services
for the new Pilgrim Congregational
thurch, which was erected at Cort
land at a cost of $45,000, closed with
large crowds attending both serv
ices Sunday. The sermon Sunday
morning was delivered by Dr. R. W.
Gammon of Chicago, and in the eve
ning Rev. Frank G. Smith, pastor of
the First Congregational church of
Omaha, gave the sermon. Lenhart's
orchestra of Beatrice furnished the
music during ths -afternoon, and
there were special musical numbers
at the morning and evening services.
Dinner and supper was served in the
basement of the church. Saturday
night there was a concert by the
Doane College Glee club.
Jefferson County Hen Lays.
Egg Weighing Four Ounces
Fairbury, Neb., May -,14. (Spe
cial.) The champion egg producing
hen in Jefferson county is claimed
by D. J. Wood of this city. In proof
of his claim he has on exhibition an
egg measuring inches in circum
ference the narrow way and 8J4
inches the long way. It weighed just
4Ji ounces. '
Masons Name Officers.
David City, Neb., May IS. (Spe
cial.) The Masonic lodge here
elected the following officers ftv the
coming year: Alex Etting, W. M.;
George D. Cooper, S. W.; Harry L.
Wilson. J. W.; R. D. Fuller, secre
tary; E. E. McVay, treasurer, and
John Harper, Roy Becker and W.
II. Taylor, trustees
Plans for State
Election in 1922
j Every Effort Will Be Made to '
Increase G. O. P. Majority
. In Senatorial Contests -Next
Chlrno Tribune-Omaha Bee Leaaud Wire.
WashingtonMay IS. The repub
lican senatorial camp legislation
committee which was organized only
a few days ago, has already begun to
lay plans for the election of next
A meeting was held last week in
the office of Senator McCormick,
chairman of the committee, and an
other meeting for organization pur
poses will be held this week.
Thirty-two senators, 16 republicans
and 16 democrats, will come up for
re-elettion in 1922. Every effort will
be made by the republicans to hold
their present strength, and to -n-
crease it if possible.
Republican senators whose terms
expire are: Calder of New York,
France of Maryland, Frelinghuysen
of New Jersey, Hale of Maine, John
son of California, Kellogg of Minne-
Jt t- 1 T f - 1
isota, Knox oi rennsyivania, iuui-
lette of Wisconsin, Long of Massa
chusetts, MCL-umDer oi ixorin lmi
ta, McLean of Connecticut, New of
Indiana, Page of Vermont, Poindix
ter of Washington, Sutherland of
West Virginia and Townsend of
The democrat senators whose terms
expire are: Ashurst of Arizona, Cul
berson of Texas, Gerry of Rhode Is
land, Hitchcock of Nebraska, Jones
of New Mexico, Kendrick of Wyo
ming, King of Utah. McKellar of
Tennessee, Myers of Montana, Pitt
man of Nevada, Pomeereene of Ohfb,
Reed of Missouri, Swanson of Vir
ginia, Trammell of Florida, Williams
of Mississippi and Wolcott of Dela
ware. - Notwithstanding their present
large majority in the senate the re
publicans intend to go after every
Another Bluffs Product
To Be Widely Distributed
Salt water taffy and kisses, a
distinctly new product manufactur
ed by the - National Alfalfa Pr6d
ucts company of Council Bluffs,
will be widely distributed this sea
son as result of several large con
tracts won by the company for
many summer resorts, including
Crystal Lake in Nebraska and Lake
Manawa near the Bluffs.
Many tons of the new product
are called for by . these ; contracts
and the company expects to create
as wide' a market as that enjoyed
by articles featured by a few other
Military Career Is Goal
Of Third English Prince
London, ,May 14. Prince Henry,
third son of the king and queen, is
preparing himself for a military
career. He was gazetted a second
lieutenant in the King's Royal
Rifles late last . year and recently
was transferred to the Thirteenth
Hussars at Aldershot. ..'
Funeral Services Held .
For Frontier County Judge
Curtis, Neb., May 14. (Special.1
Funeral services for Judge Edward
Parker Pyle, 63," were held here
Judge Pyle served 17 years as coun'
ty judge of Frontier county and two
years as county treasurer.
Summer Agricultural School
Curtis, Neb., May 14. (Special.)
An eight weeks summer school for
rural teachers wll commence June
6 at the Nebraska School of Agri
culture at Curtis,
Clearing the Track
Coppritht: 1921: By Tb CUnco Trfbwuw
Holdup in Cafe
Four Men and Cash Register
"Cleaned' by Armed
"Throw 'cm up and back up
against the wall," one of three
masked holdup men armed with large
revolvers shouted at three men and
the' manager of the Capitol lunch
room, 1610 Capitol avenue, about 4
C. H.'Brown, 2707 Farnam street,
manager of he cafe, was forced to
open the cash register while the other
three men were ordered to take ev
erything'out of their pockets.
The cash register was looted of
$57.50. B. H. McAllen, the dish
washer, was "broke" and could not
contribute. A. E. Mathews. 1810
Chicago street, who was eating, gave
75 cents, all he had. He could not
pay for his meal. B. S. Russell,
Twenty-third and . California streets,
who had just finished his meal, parted
with $11.35. . . .
1 "I thought it was all a joke, said
McAllen. "One of the fellows stuck
his 'gat' in my face and I told him,
'Aw, cut it out and don't scare me.' "
Instead of complying with Me
Allen's orders, the holdup man
rushed the gun against his abdomen
and told him to "shell out." . After
cleaning the lunch room of all -its
money, the three bandits jumped into
a waiting automobile parked near the
Curbstone and escaped.
Return of Diamond
"The $200 diamond clasp mystery,
or how was the clasp returned?" was
the main subject yesterday at the
home of Mrs. George H. Miller, 5017
Mrs. Miller attended the Brandeis
theater last night. When the lights
went out and the curtain rose. "Some
one" stole her diamond clasp which
she prized highly, Mrs. Miller told
But here is the deep mystery.
Yesterday she unexpectedly found
her favorite jewel on a table in. her
home! How, when and by whom it
was put there will always remain a
mystery. Mrs. Miller said. :
High School Senior Class
Presents Play at Friend
Friend, Neb., May 15. (Special.)
The senior class of , the Friend
High school presented ' the play,
"Jimmie's Aunt Jane," May. 13 and
14. It was necessary to give three
performances to accommodate all
who desired to attend.
There are 27 members of the class
and all took part in the play. Pro
fessor Dbn S. Leech, superintendent
of the city schools, coached the class.
The Friend school orchestra fur
nished the music. -
Pastor of Crete Church . .
Uses Movie With Sermons
Crete. Neb., May 14. (Special.)
The. Methodist church of Crete is us
ing a motion picture machine to sup
plement the pastor's sermons. These
features are used three Sunday eve
nings each month and an appreciable
increase is noted in the church at
tendance. The expense of " the pic
tures is met with , free will offer
ings. " '
Slayer of Prison Guard
, Has First Trial Postponed
Lincoln, May IS. (Special.) The
trial of James King, negro convict,
selfrconfessed murderer of Robert L.
Taylor, ptnitentiary guard, has been
postponed until Wednesday. A con
tinuance was granted by Judge E. J.
Clements of the Lancaster county
Shot by Sheriff
In Gun Battle
Nebraska City . Officers Cap
ture Youthful Pair Wanted
In Missouri on Auto
Nebraska . City, Neb., May 15.
(Special Telegram) Beezley, 17, one
of the two prisoners who escaped
from the county jail at Rockport,
Mo., Friday night, was shot through
the back in a gun battle with Sheriff
Ed frischer here this afternoon.
Scott, . the youthful futitive, was
captured - by ; Deputy 'Sheriff Roy
rischer after a short chase.
Authorities here had been notified
of the' jail break by the Rockport
sheriff and were on the lookout for
the two boys.
Early this afternoon Beezley and
Scott were discovered together in the
eastern part of the town by the
sheriff and his deputy. When the
fugitives saw the officers the'y sep
arated and started to run. The
deputy followed Scott, halting him
within a few rods.
Sheriff Fischer, who was in an au
tomobile, gave chase to Beezley.
When within hailing distance the of
ficer ordered the fleeing youth to
halt. Beezlejr disregarded the com
mand and Fischer brought him to
the ground with a' .32 caliber bullet
which he sent "crashing through the
boy's hip. -
Beezley was taken to the Whitton
hospital, where physicians declared
the wound to be not critical.
The two prisoners were to have
been tried at Rockport Tuesday on
charges of auto stealing. The Rock
port sheriff will return Scott to the
Missouri jail tomorrow. -
It is said that the shooting has
aroused the ire ,of many residents
here. Several persons expressed the
opinion that the shooting was un
called for, in view of the victim's'
age and -the circumstances of the
Kearney Country Club
. Opens House for Season
Kearney, Neb.; May 15. (Special.)
The Kearney. Country club open
ing was participated in by 250 mem
bers and Iheir families, more than
that number "being 'seated at a big
banquet which was staged in the eve
ning followed "by dancing. It was
an all-day affair,, limited to golfing
in the morning and afternoon. Kear
ney golfers will be" playing an 18
hole course before the season is out,
two holes of the new course having
already been added. Purchase bf ad
ditional lands, sufficient to lay out
the added nine . holes was consum
mated several weeks, ago. ..
Nebraska French Teacher
Divorced From Soldier
Lincoln, May 15. (Special.) The
Lancaster county district court has
granted a divorce to Cora Christina
Dilworth, teacher of French in the
University of Nebraska, against Her
man S. Dilworth, commandant of the
military unit, : Iowa Stat college,
Ames. She was. given $17,400 ali
mony forJicr two children. She tes
tified that her husband refused to
live with her. .
Fair1 and warmer Mon-
dav. Hourly Temperatures.
( a. m it
. m 43
7 a. m 44
. in. . .. .'. ..4.1
a. m. 45
10 a. m ,.4ft
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It noon ........ .S3
Dies in Leap
Warren Kite, Grand Island
Pilot, 'jumps 800 Feet When
Ship's "Tail" Cut Off by
Thousands View Death
Grand Island, Neb., May 15.
Warren P. Kite met instant and most
spectacular death here this after
noon, when, while performing in the
air, he was compelled to jump from
a height of 800 feet.
He had been encircling and was
being circled ' by a second plane,
piloted by J. H. Smith. The two
machines ventured too closely, how
ever. In sight of several thousands
of spectators, Smith's propeller cam
into contact with the tail end of
Kite's machine and cut it off com
pletely just baqk of Kite's seajt.' To
those who were looking on from be
low it looked as if Kite jumped from
the machine, presumably deciding
this safer than to remai with in in its
certain fall, but perhaps overesti
mating the distance.
He fell 60 rods from the place
where the machine landed. Prac
tically every bone in his body was
broken. : ' , '
Kite formerly was an instructor
at Kelly field. He came here a
year ago from Springfield, Mo.,
where his parents still reside.,
Wife Sees Accident. , ; ,
The Grand Island Aero company
had advertised an exhibition i f
stunt flying this afternoon and . sev
eral thousands had gone to r the
grounds. - '
Other thousands were witnessing
the stunts from other places of ad
vantage. To all, Kite gave the ap
pearance of jumping from his plane.
Spectators immediately saw . the
amputated portion of his machine
fall. Smith's plane receded and then
descended. They then witnessed
the Kite plane lunge and Kite emerg
ing from it in a leap. ,
He was evidently conscious almost
until he struck the earth, for instead
of the b6dy beeing limp, in its spec
tacular and horrifying descent, arms
and legs were held outstretched. His
contact with the earth, however, was
almost on his back.
He cleared a pasture fence about
15 feet. The hard prairie turf was
indented from two to three inches in
the almost perfect contour of a man.
Harold Watts, a young lad and hig
companion, were first .to reach his
side. ' v
The body had rebounded from the
earth backward and close to the
,fence. - - -
When Watts trcd to lift th bods',
he addressed Kite, but there was no
The heart, he said, was still faint
ly beating, but death unquestionably
came instantly from the awful fall.
. Smith had difficulty In making hid
descent with both the blades of his
propeller broken and one wing
cracked. But he landed safely and
was uninjured. He feels the dis
tressing affair and the loss of his
companion very keenly. -Flying
Both have been flying together for
several months and Smith took the
first honors at the recent state air
plane tournament at Holdrege.
Miss Elsie Allan, the Grand Is
land young woman flyer,' who also
did stunt flying at Holdrege, was
on her way to the grounds with her
parents this afternoon when the ac
cident occurred, and is attending
Mrs. Kite, who is prostrated with
the shock and the sudden griefs
Smith was to leave tomorrow-to
bring , Mrs. Smith and their one
child from Kansas City to make
their home here. Smith was also in
the aviation service during the war
as an instructor, and neither he nor
Kite had ever before had a serious
accident, though both have been fly
ing about five years, and were count
ed among the best trained and jea
soned flyers in the country. v
First Fatal Crash.
Smith's ability to descend safely
is regarded by Miss Allan as the
next thing to a miracle.
Kite was 25 years old. He was
married on January 24, 1919, at
Springfield, Mo, ,
While the Grand Island ' Aero
company was the first of its kind in
Nebraska, having been organized by
Aviator ' Lloyd Thompson, in the
senice in Ptaly, this is the firstac
cident ever occurring on its grounds.
Many of the thousands wh were
compelled to see it. declare, they
never want to look at aero stunting
again. ' ' ,
High Schoo Juniors and
Seniors to Hold Banquet
David City, Neb., May 15. (Spe
cial.) The junior-senior banquet of
the David City High school will be
held May 25. Baccalaureate services
for the seniors will be held May 22
t the Methodist church.. Rev. J. R.
Hoy of the Baptist church will de
liver the address.
Alumni of the High school will
hold a banquet in the gymnasium at
the school, May 27. .
Hotel at Franklin Taken r
Over by Recent Purchasers
Franklin, Neb., May 15. (Spe
cial.) G. A. Scott, sr., and G. A.
Scott, jr., have arrived to take over
the active management of the Lin
coln hotel at this place. Scott and
son have purchased the hotel from
E. C. Epley, who took it over from
the receiver of the Nebraska Hotel
Boy Robber Arrested. "
Beatrice, Neb, -May 15. (Special
Telegram.) Joe Rovicki, 16. was
caught robbing H. S. Friday's gro
cery store. When officers arrested
him, $20 in cash, cigars and tobacco
were found in hi possession,' He
was lodged in jaiL
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