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THB 8EMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTC NEBRASKA.
WANTS MEN FOR FIFTH Governor Appeals for Recruits to Fill Up Ranks In Old Nebraska Organization. Governor Novlllo lias Issued an ap peal for GOO men needed to recruit tho old Fifth Nebraska regiment ut Camp Cody, N. M., now known ns t lie lIMth Infantry, up to Its maximum war strength. The uppon! Is oa'pechfr Jy directed to men who are above or below the draft ago. Men subject to draft- aro not permitted tf- choose their regiment when they enroll as volunteers. As it is probable that this regiment will go lo Franco soon, It will give n chance for real service and quick action. Itctnllers must sell an equal amount of- substitute Hour with wheat Hour sales, according to rules and regula tions promulgated by tho food admin istration at Washington. For every pound of wheat flour sold the pur chaser must take a pound of substi tute. Ilotnllers nrn urged to rigidly follow tho rule by State Food Admin istrator Wattles. E. N, Mnnley, proprietor of the Mount Pleasant stock farm, of Lyons, carried oft thirty-three prizes at the Denver Live Stock Show, with his Hampshire hogs, lie won thirteen first, eight championship, live second and seven third, amounting to $300 In cash. The state railway commission is ad vised that 127 carloads of shelled corn fire on the ground ut the" King eleva tor In Itosnlle, Dakota county, watting Shipment. A million bushels is wait ing shipment In Dakota county, tho report says. ' Omaha attorneys arc preparing to itart u teat suit to detormlno wheth er tho present Nebraska law empow ering soldiers from this stnto to vot,o but excluding membors of tho regular krmy from that privllogo is n valid en letmont. A groceteria is to bo oponcd at Ge- ova early this month. Under tho ilan customers may wait on thorn- lves. All purchases must ho cash nfl nn extra chargo will bo mudo for leilverv. It Will tin ihn Hrt net. il.. hshment of Its kind in Nebraska. Tho government bureau of mines aas asked Secretary of Stnto Pool for I list of Justices of tho peace and kotnrles public In Nebraska, tho list to bo used in enforcing government hilcs for tho regulation of explosives. According to Stnto Engineer John on considerable brldgo work will be lono In Nebraska in 1018, desplto war Conditions. Already n number of con nects havo been awarded for state kid bridges. Because Fremont churches refused to tuko incasuros to conserve fuel, D. F. Turner, fuel administrator, lias Ordered coal dealers to sell no church noro than ono ton at n timo nnd to toport all sales to him. Bonds to tho sum of $80,000 were rotcd by citizens of Ilrady nnd vlcln- Ity nt a special election for the pur lose of building n stiito-nid brldgo icross tho Platte south of tho town. I'ho structure will cost $00,000, thu Unto to pay hrilf. Membors or tho Wymoro volunteer Pre department uro planning ton the Erection of headquarters. The de partment hoadquartors were destroy ed by llro somo weeks ago. Preparations are being made for ho annual convention of tho Nobrns :n Press Association, which Is to ho icld at Lincoln Fohrunry lit, 21! ind 2,'J. Governor Neville has appointed, Al en,T. Nlckerson of Heaver City stnte ank examiner in place of E. E. Em nott, resigned. Alexandria, Thayer county, has raised nearly $2.'i,000 for thrift stamps ind nt u donation sale recently $1,270 Was raised for the Hod Cross. According to tho report of County treasurer Andersen, of Gage county, tho total number of uutomoblles In tho county Is 21,857. A homo guard company has been organized at West Point with a mem bership of Ilfty. Prospects nro good for a membership of 300, It Is snld. A Junior Red Cross organization (ins been formed In tho schools of Upland with n memborshtp of 100. German teaching has been dropped Srom tho pnrochial school nt Chester, 'hayor county. It is reported that ?7.000 has al ready been phulgecP In Nebraska to ward tho gymnasium for the soldiers Ct Camp Funston. Saunders county ns contributed $800. Cuming county already has pledged $825 nnd an nounces $1,000 will bo ruised. The State Council of Defense reports pledges of $8,100 In sums of from $.50 to $100. Farmers of Frontier county have launched u movement for tho purpose f securing u county agricultural agent. A pro-Germun propaganda to bring Ebout un estrangement between boot rowers and tho sugar company at Scottsbluff, which Is dostlned to great ly reduce the sugar boot acreage and the ultlmato reduction of tho rellned broduct has been unearthed by id, t. wcstervelt, editor of tho Scottsbluff (Republican. Aii n result of n meeting of Grand Island bakers with Mrs. 0. G. Itynn chairman of ta county food commit tee, nn agreement has been readied by tho bakers not to bake any white breml for sale on whontless days. In a fierce fight with five bandits who robbed the Mnlnshock Jewelry store it Omaha of loot valued nt $10,000, Detective Frank Itooney ot tho Omnha pollco force was killed, one of the desperndocs fatally In jured and the other four capture!. The robbery took placo In the heart of Onialm's retail district, nt .' o'clock last Wednesdny afternoon, and win ono of tho boldest holdups ever com mil ted lu the metropolis. Nearly all tho stolon goods were recovered. A near riot occurred aboard a Northwestern passenger train near Scribner tho other day whou Lee McCoy, a Cherry county farmer who had enlisted In the nrmy, gave a sub ject of the kaiser's a sound thrash ing when he declared he wished he was In Germany. The conductor stopped the train on the out skirts of Scribner, so Hint McCoy could not bo arrested for violating the village ordlnnnce by lighting. Notlco has been received from the War department by Governor Neville that the Inst 15 per cent of the first quota of drafted men, who have not been called for service, may enlist In any branch of the army now open to volunteors In Nebraska. Heretofore these men have been held In a special class without the privilege of enlist ment. Tho Nebraska division of the United Stales department of labor Is carrying on ni campaign to get. mar ried men with agricultural experience who nro living In the cities to return lo the farm. All who are Interested aro urged to get In touch with tho agency by writing to tho U. S., Em ployment Sorvlce, County Court House, Omaha. Itcports reached the state gamo warden at Lincoln that a" number of mountain sheep have bejen seen near Scottsbluff, driven dowii from Wyo ming by the oxtremo cold unit lack of food in tho mountains. Nebraska is asked to furnish 4,400 voluntnry shlpbulidors to muko up this stato's quota of u rt'servo of 250, 000 men tho department of labor nt Washington purposes to enroll during the next threo weeks. The Millard hotel in Omaha, order ed closed for violating the state dry luw, has been permitted to open un der $30,000 bonds pending uppeal of tho cuso to tho Nebraska supreme court. Tho llrst big subscription to wnr thrift certificates made In Hall coun ty, was by the Grand Island order of th Hermann Soehne, when the local' set apart $500 for certificates. Tho Cambridge Commercial club has changed Its name to the Cam bridge Community club and a largo number of farmers have become inuju-J hers. State Food Administrator Wattles reports that 210,000 signed pledgo cards havo been returned to him und that thoy wero practically all handled through tho public schools. Table Hock's three churches aro trying tho experiment of conserving on coal by alternating tho meetings first nt ono church, then at unothcr, then the third, and so on.. University of Nebraska seniors aro urged by Prof. A. A. Reed, Inspector of accredited schools, to drop out of school this semester and teach as a patriotic duty. Mrs. Joseph Ellis, of ltuln, Is be lieved to be Nebraska's first war wid ow, her husband, Sergeant. Joseph Ellis, having died January 2'l In France, lie was with Pershing. Tho past month was the coldest January In Hie history ot Nebraska, according to leading wcuthyr experts in tho state, Tim Kekley Consolidated school In Webster county, which was establlsht ed Just recently, has. raised thifllclcut funds to supiort a war orphan. Hecause of tho war there will be mj annunl stnte convention of the Young Men's Christian association this year. It Is said, A total of $15,012.50 worth ot Thrift Stamps was sold at a patriot!.1 meeting at Chester, Thayer county, the other lny. The North Bend city council has passed an ordinance prohibiting (ho use of slot machines, dice boxes and other games of chance lu tho city. Silas Ayres, ninety-eight, years old, has Joined the Geneva homo guard company. The company has a mem bership of 213. Fromont churches are holding prayer meetings and other mid-week services nt homes of the members In an effort to save fuel. lleports reaching Governor Ne ville show that 1,301) men In Nebraska failed to register under the selective draft act. These reports show, how ever, that about 1,200 of those falling to register hnd enlisted prior lo June 5, 1017. This places only about 200 Nebraskans lu the slacker class. Enrollment for tho second semester ot thu University of Nebraska was S02 less than ono year ago, according to figures given out by Chancellor Avery. Tho chancellor estimated that 1,000 students nro In military service. Madison county claims tho distinc tion of having n Lutheran parochial school which has a 100 per cent lied Cross membership. It is the Green Gar den precinct school and every ono of tho 48 pupils uro $1 members. It Is be lieved to ho tho tlrst school of Its kind lu Nebraska with such a record. Sovoral Nebraska capitalists, ac cording to Washington dlspntches, aro urging Congressmen Lobcek, Stephens nnd Klnkald to ndvocate the proposed establishment of a combined reclaim tlon and power dnm on tho Niobrara river. 1 Lieutenant Estnnn of the French aviutlon corps stanUIng unconcerned Mull His dog beside his Fnrmnn ma chine, which a short time before had alien from a height of several hundred feet. 2 Ilundman nnd hospital staff men of the Americans wjio were first ntthe front In Frnnce. 8 Scene during tho progress of a flro of suspicious origin that was started on oil barges at Port Newarkmd endangered the government ship-building plant there. NEWS REVIEW QF THE PAST WEEK AMERICA AND ALLIES ARE LAY ING PLANS FOR VICTORY BEFORE YEAR CLOSES. GERMAN STRIKES SPREADING Workmen of Empire Demand Peace Civil War Rages In Finland Ital ians Drive Back Austrlans Sec retary Baker's Excellent De fense Checks Criticism. By EDWARD W: PICKARD. Washington correspondents were permitted to sny, last Friday, that the United States and tho entente allies aro maturing plnns of supreme Impor tance which, it is hoped nnd believed, will bring the war to an end before tho closo of this year. What tho pro ject Is, cannot be stated, but It is known that this country Is about to use its men and resources on a far greater scale than hns been considered possible, and that there will be close co-operation by all tho opponents of the central powers. In a message to American fnrmers, President Wilson declnred the cul minating crisis of tho struggle has come, nnd that wc must and shall win. Ho added that victory or defeat would he decided tills year. rs Industrial Germany nt last seems to bo rising in its strength, demanding thnt the war be (aided without Indem nities and annexations and thnt tho condition of the proletariat bo improv ed. This Is really tho big news of the past week, for If the hundreds of thou sands of striking workmen, backed by the women of the country, enn gain tho support of a considerable part of tho German army tho autocrats and militarists may bo driven from power or forced to recede greatly from their pan-German program in order to re tain their hold on the reins of Gov ernment. In Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel and tho Chemnitz Industrial district of Saxony work hns come to a standstill ami all over tho empire there aro strikes. According to the meager dis patches from- Germany, the soldiers and strikers, fought In the suburbs of Herlln nnd some deaths resulted, though In several Instances the sol diers refused to lire on the people. The two socialist factions are conducting the great demonstration, nnd many of their lenders are said to havo been nr rested. Three Important newspapers of Herlln were suppressed. Minister of the Interior Wnlrnff refused to hold a conference with tha'deh'gntes of the workmen. Such was the condition of affairs, it surface Indications meant anything. Hut the foreign correspondents In Hol land nnd elsewhere wero dubious. They more than half believed the lm perlnl government had stirred up the strike movement In tho hope that It would affect the entente countries and bring about pence, or that It Intended to use tho movement to break off nego tiations with the Russian bolshevik!. -Jta There wus much uncertainty ns to what was gohlg on In Austria, ns tho censorship wns very active. Heports from Vienna were thai the state gran nrlos there were destroyed by n con flagration which the revolutionaries were accused of having started. From Petrogrud came tho statement thnt tho workmen of Warsaw had struck In protest, against Von Kuehl matin's demand that Hussln recognize a Polish government protected by Ger many. It Is Interesting to learn that Wil liam H. Thompson, formerly head of tho American Hed Cross mission to Russia, contributed a million dollars or more to 'promote tho spread of bol shevik! propaganda In Germnny and Austria, bollevlng It would bo tho greatest Instrument In the undermin ing of the militarist regimes in tho centrf.l powers. This Idea seems to bo aviators have carried vast quantities folly Justified by results. The Itus'ltm of bolshcvlki literature across the lines, nnd this, together with the gen eral publication of President Wilson's wnr aims address, has hud immense Influence. . pa The conflict in Finland between the government of thnt new republic nnd the revolutionists, who seek to follow the example of their brethren in Hus sln, hns resulted in some sharp fight ing. The so-called white guard, sup porting tho government in northern Finland, defeated the red guard de spite the help given the lntter by Rus sian soldiers, and theu began a march on the southern part of the country, where tho red guards were In control. A report thnt Sweden hnd Intervened In behnlf of the government was de nied. Ita The Roumanians Joined forces with the Ukrainians under the command of Genernl Stcherbatcheff, whom the bol; shevlkl declared an outlaw, and invad ed Bessnrabia, partly to restore order there and especlnlly to protect great stores of supplies belonging to Rou mnnla thnt had been removed there at tho time of the German invasion. This move, added to other sources of irritation, cnused the Russian govern ment to break off all relations with Roumnnla nnd to nnnounce thnt it would fight the Ukraine. The troops of the radii got Into nctlon, nnd In Vol liynla they defeated tho bolshcvlki, taking possession of Lutsk. On the other hand, the Ukrainian's were forced to surrender Kiev to the bolshcvlki troops. The bolshcvlki seem not to have come to nny agreement ns to the peace negotiations with Germany, and It was reported the breach between tho Le nlne nnd the Trotzky fnctlons wns wid ening. The premier favored yielding to tho German demands, ns might be expected from him, while Trotzky firm ly opposed such n course. Tho negotiations at Hrest-Lltovsk wero resumed on Tucsdny, the Russian delegates returning as the "represent atives of the world proletariat,"- for the pnnsovlct congress In Petrogrud has declared for n holy war against all Imperialists. Trotzky wns given a free hand In dealing with tho cen tral powers. tea Italy struck suddenly and hard last week at tho Austrian line on the east ern Aslngo plateau. Tho dashing Ital ians broko through the enemy's posi tions, took some 1,500 prisoners and repulsed nil counter-attacks. A day or so later they attacked again, taking' enemy positions on Col del Rosso and Col Dechclc and finally pushing on to the enpture of Monte ill Viil Hella, a dominating height." A thousand more prisoners, many guns ilml large quan tities of supplied were taken. The Teutonic resistance to these attacks was strong, but the Italians, who had valuable assistance from the French mid Hrltlsh batteries and aviators, were not to be withstood. This looked like the beginning of u real offensive that might develop Into a drive of magnitude, the probable object being to drive the enemy baek against tho slopes of tho snow-covered Alps. On the west front there was ever Increasing nrtlllery activity but no no tnble Infantry movements. Tho much ndvertlsed German offensive still was delayed, perhaps waiting for internal troubles to simmer down. The sector held by tho Americans was subjected to frequent shelling, nnd ono early morning trench raid was made there, so that General Pershing had to report a number of casualties. Our government gave out the grati fying news that stxtcen great trans ports, the biggest armada ever sent out by America, had arrived safely nt French ports and unloaded thousands of soldiers and Immense quantities of wnr material. The assembling of tho men nnd tho departure of the vessels wero successfully kept secret, and nil submnrlnos were nvolded. Tho trans ports were nil formerly German or Austrian steamships that were selr.ed by America, among them being the Le vlatliau, which was tho Vutorland, lnrgest of Atlantic liners. The Ger man press had led the German people to believe thnt most of these ships hnd been damaged by their crews beyond repair. According to Secretary of War Baker, the United States now has near ly half a million men In France, and a million and n half more who will be ready to go whenever transportation Is provided. Which does not accord with the opinion expressed by certain emi nent Bodies that tho military power of America need give Germany no anx iety, because no great number of our troops enn be taken over to Europe. Stimulated, perhaps, by the successful attacks of allied nvlators on Mnnn helm and other German cities, the kaiser's air forces made two big raids on successive nights on London nnd southeast England. Tho bombs dropped by the first expedition killed 47 persons, mostly women and chil dren, nnd nil but one in the metropolis, and Injured a considerable number. The second bunch of raiders murdered only two. For the first time In months Paris was rnlded by enemy aviators. They attacked the city In considerable num bers and killed 20 persons and wound ed CO. tsa Secretary Baker, ut his own request, nppearlng n second time before tho senate committee on military affairs, made an address that created so excel lent an Impression thnt much of the criticism of him and his management of the war department wns silenced. Ho spoke frankly and eloquently, no longer seeking to cover up the faults of tho bureaus, but assorting that his critics had made It appear that spe cific cases were characteristic of gen eral conditions, which was not true, and that every mistake discovered had been rectified and none of them re pented. Ills explnnntlon nnd defense of most of the criticized nets of his department sounded convincing, nnd he displayed no 111 temper or nnlmos lty. . The Immediate result was an amica ble conference between Secretary Baker nnd Senator Chamberlain. The senator assured the secretary the urg ing of the munitions director nnd wnr cnblnet bills wus due only to patriotic desire "to help win tho wnr nnd In no way was Intended to reflect on the ndmlnlstrntlon. Mr. Baker finally agreed to reconsider his objections to tho former measure, but asked that the latter be shelved. It was believed that If the position of munitions director Is created It will be tilled by Mr. Stettin ins, who already, In the reorganization, hns been made surveyor genernl of nrmy supplies. Ills long experience as purchasing agent for the entente allies seems to fit htm peculiarly for the place. The good results of the senate In vestigation and of the general criti cism directed against some features of the war department's management are apparent dally, and the Improve ment may go on until all the critics are satisfied except those who hold that u professed pacifist is not the man for secretary of war lu -var time. Ua Secretary Lansing announced Wed nesday that an agreement hnd been arranged by the United States, Great Britain nnd Canada providing that subjects of each country In any of the others may return home within sixty days for military service, and if they do not thoy mny be drafted where they are. The British and Canndlnn recruiting missions In the United States, under the command of competent nnd expert enced ofllcers who havo all done their bit nt the front, have been getting ren sonably good results In New Yorkr New England, Chicago, and many oth er sections of the country, nnd they will hall with Joy such a pact ns Is planned, for there are thousands of British subjects in the United Stntcs who only need to be pushed n llttlo In order to got them Into tho armed serv ice of their country. Ka Explosions and fires In plnnts that are making wnr ninterlal continue to be disgustingly frequent, despite the efforts of the secret service to catch the spies and agents responsible. One of the worst of these occurrences wus a great explosion in the naval torpedo station at Newport News, Vn. Another was n disastrous flro on oil bnrgos that threatened the big government ship yard at Port Newark. Federal agents believe many of these outrages lire the work of pacifists who call themselves Americans. LORRAINE SECTOR HELD BY SAMMIES U. S. ARMY FACES FOE ON LINE 150 MILES IN LENGTH. GIVE HUNS SHELL FOR SHELL Two Yankees Killed and Nine Wound ed During Bombardment fetur day. Germans Forced to Evacuate Dugouts. With the American Army In France, Feb. 5. American troops aro now oc cupying n sector of the Lorraine front in Frnnce. This nnnouncoment s permitted by tho military censor. A Gorman barrage flro at sundown Saturday night opened tho heaviest pombnrdmcnt of many dnys along tho American sector, tno American nrtu- ilery replying, shell for shell, ns this Jlring of the heavy guns spread along several kilometers of front. Two Americans were killed and nine wounded during the bombardment, and one suffered shell shock. Tho mnrksmnnshlp of the Ameri cans In reply to the Gurmnn "straf lnc" wns so nffocHvo thnt sovoral German dugouts were made unton fable. Tho whole Amerlcnn sector is re sounding with the boom of guns. Enemy snipers wounded two Amer icans slightly enrly Saturday morn ing. The fact thnt Amerlcnn troops were in the trenches In Lornnino was re vealed by the German war office three months ago. At that tlmo, ac cording to an official 'German an nouncement, tho Americans wero on the front nt the Rhlne-Mnrne canal, which intersects tho bhttlo line near tho German border, due east of Nancy. Tills nnnouncoment wns rando in the ofllclnl report from (Berlin of the (first German raid on the American positions, In which three Americans wero killed, Ave wounded nnd twelve enptured. The custom end of tho bnttlo line in Frnnce and Belgium runs through French nnd Germnn Lorraine. French" Lorrnlne, in which is the American sector, is included In the departments of Mouse, the cnpltnl of which Is Ver 'dun; Meurthe-Et-Noselle, whose enp- jltal is Nancy, nnd Vosges, with the minim lit i'iiiiiui. xiiu leuiu ul uiu front In French Lorraine is about 150 miles. This section of the battle line ex tends Into tho Mouse from the Marne near St. Mcnehould, nnd runs east ward to the north of Verdun, south to St. Mlhiel and east to tho German border. I There It turns to the southeast, and .nlmost pnrnllels the border to the vl- fdnlty of Leintry. Below Lolntry it cuts across n section of French soli, pnst Bndonvlller and Scnonos and to the enst of St. Die. and again crosses the Gorman border at a point west of pColmar. 1 The remnlnder of the line to fne Swiss boundary is in Germnny. Since the battle of Verdun there has been no lighting of great import-, ance along tills front. For the most part it runs through high and broken, country. ' Warned Not to Boost Price. Washington, Feb. 5. A scale of profits for wholesale and retail deal ers In wheat flour was suggested by Ihe food administration with the warning Hint any margins charged In excess of those proposed would he considered for Investigation. The scale follows: Wholesalers Gross maximum pro-' fit not to exceed from 50 to 75 cent n barrel. Retailers Gross maximum profit on original mill packages not to ex ceed SO cents to $1.20 a barrel; on less than original mill packages not to exceed 1 cent n pound. 217 Lost On British Vessel. London, Feb. ft. The British urmeil bonrdlng stenmer Louvnln, Lleutennnt Commander M. G. Easton command ing, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine In the eastern Mediterranean on .Tnnunry 21. Seven ofllcers and 217 men were lost. Thl ofllclnl announcement was made Just a few days-ago. Allen Soldiers Discharged. Doming, N. M Feb. 5. Ono hun dred twenty-four nllen soldiers of the !Mth national guard division, comjiris ing former national guardsmen of; Minnesota. Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska, were ordered dlschurged from tho army "for the good of tb1 service." Increase In Live Stock. Washington, Feb. !5. Live stock, in tho United States on .lanuary l! wns valued at $S,20l,f2.J,000, the De partment of Agriculture aunouneeil Just recently. Thnt wns an Increase of $1,027,012,.' 000 over a year ago. In number, liorsos have lncrenseu. ara.OOO; mules increased 1Q1.000, nillcli cows Increased 300,000, other cattle Increased 1,8.77,000, sheep in creased 1.28-1,000 and swln Increased' L',S71 000.