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Kaiser Strikes Mightiest Blows
at Ring of Steel.
Land, Sea and Air Drives to In
fluence Balkan Neutrals.
Mackenzen Tries to Batter Rnss
Out of Galieia. 1
Von Tirpitz Sedulously Combs
Waters of "War Zone."
London, June 5. With every re
source at his command, the kaiser is
now striking his mightiest blows
against the ring of enemies encircling
his empire.
A powerful German offensive
has been launched against the
British at Ypres. From the re
gion of Hoosc the Teutons have
renewed their bombardment of
the old Flanders town prepara
tory to a grand assault and at
tempt to break the British front.
Gorman submarines are comb
ing the waters of the on Tirpitz
"war zone." They have sunk at
least seventeen vessels, four of
them neutrals. In the last 48
In Galieia, General Maekenzen
Is pressing on In a desperate at
tempt to crush the Rnssians and
drive them out of Galieia- by rapr
Id hammering strokes.
In Russian Courland, In south
eastern Poland, north of Arras
and at several other sectors of
their battle front, the Germans
are driving hard against enemy
The greatest activity Is report
ed around German air bases.
Both London and Paris have
made ready to meet concentrated
attacks from the skies. They ex
pect the Zeppelins before the end
of another week.
Some think that an attempt to in
fluence the . Balkan neutrals is back
of this gigantic air, land and sea of
fensive. It is the unanimous belief
here that Germany has seized upon
the present mompr.', ts the mo
vantageous.for a succession of.Mght
, nrng ctrcke3.
Gigantic Assault at Ypres.
Dispatches from Amsterdam and
The Hague, and official cymmunica-
(Continued on Page 6.)-
South Gets Cash From Fair
Cashier in K. C. Suburb.
Thief, Overhauled by Posse,
Gets 20 Years in Pen.
Kansas City, Mo., June 5. After he
had held up and robbed Martha Self,
18 years old. assistant cashier of the
People's State bank of Dodson, and
forced her to give him $304 of the
bank's money, a man giving his name
as Luther Afton, 19, of Merrick, Ok.,
was captured near here today.
The girl was alone in the bank,
which is in a suburb of Kansas City,
when the young man entered. He
pointed a revolver at her and ordered
her to give him money. At first Miss
Self laughed at him and then handed
him a double handful of silver dol
lars. These he refused.
The girl parleyed with him a mo
ment to gain time, and then complied
with his demand for currency.
As the robber reached the door the
girl screamed for help.
Immediately a number of citizens,
armed with weapons ranging from
shotguns to pickaxes, gathered and
pursued the robber, finally catching
him in a chicken yard.
An hour later Afton pleaded guilty
in the criminal court to robbery in
the first degree and was sentenced to
twenty years in the penitentiary.
The same bank was robbed eight
months ago, the robber escaping with
more than $1,000 in gold, silver and
currency, after locking the former as
sistant cashier in a vault.
Joins In Celebration of Austrian Field
Marshal's Birthday.
Berlin, June 5. Emperor William
arrived at the headquarters of Field
Marshal Archduke Frederick, the
Austrian commander-in-chief, yes
terday, to take par' in the celebra
tion of the archduke's birthday. The
visit was made the occasion of re
joicing at the fall of Przemysl. Emper
or William was greeted everywhere by
wildly enthusiastic crowds.
Weather Forecast for Kansas.
Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday;
London, June 5. The Exchange
Telegraph company, has published
a dispatch from Vienna, received
by way of Amsterdam, saying it Is
now virtually certain that a coali
tion government is to be formed
in Hungary.
Some of the ministers of the op
position will be given leading positions.
London, June 5. Several Amer
ican residents of London today In
formed Robert P. Skinner, the
American consul general here, that
last night they received anonymous
telephone calls warning them to
get out of London with their fam
ilies at once. Among those thus
notified was M. K. Shaler. a mem
ber of the American Belgian relief
commission, who was told by an
unknown voice over the telephone
not to stir from his home during
the night and furthermore to fill
the bathtubs in his house with wa
ter. For several days reports have
been in circulation in London that
ail American women here had been
warned to leave Kngland by June
5. According to this report the
American embassy had been re
quested by Berlin to issue a warn
ing of this nature. Investigation
brought the information that the
ambassador had received no such
Hostile Airships Attack East
and Southeast Coasts.
Little Damage; Casualties Be
lieved To Be Few.
London, June 5. Hostile airships
dropped bombs on the east and south
east coasts of England last night. Lit
tie damage was done and the casual
ties were few.
The bombs were thrown down at a
number of different places which have
not as yet been enumerated.
This information is contained in an
official statement given out here to
Official announcement was made to
night that in the previous Zeppelin
raid over London, last Monday night,
six persons were killed. An official
statement on the day following Mon
day gave the number of deaths as
TVilson Sote Leaves So Room
for Half-Way Reply.
President Puts the Finishing
Touches on Inflexible Paper.
Washington. .Tune 5. President
Wilson was today putting the finish
ing touches on his latest note to Ger
many concerning the sinking of the
Lusitania. It already had been ap
proved in principle by the cabinet
All that was needed today to start
the communication on its way to Ber
lin was the making of minor changes
in phraseology. 1
While the main principles of the
note were approved at the cabinet ses
sion yesterday, the president today had
not completed its exact phraseology.
Officials generally, therefore, did not
know how emphatic its terms would
be, but the general impression in
executive quarters was that it was
phrased in such a way as to admit
only of an affirmative or negative an
swer to the query of the United States
as to Germany's intention to exercise
the right of visit and search when
encountering unarmed merchantmen
on the high seas.
Secretary Bryan would only say that
when the note actually goes forward
to Berlin, the fact would be made
public. When the note itself would
be published, he said he did not know.
Police Say They Got Leaders of
Wire Tapping Syndicate.
Operations in Excelsior Springs
Extend to Many Cities.
Kansas City, June 5. Through the
arrest of seven persons in various
parts of the county, the police of Kan
sas City today announced they be
lieved they have discovered the leaders
of a syndicate which has been swin
dling numbers of persons in the large
cities of the country by means of a
fraudulent racing and wire tapping
Woman in Quarry.
Three men. arrested here, gave the
names of Walter Harrison, Omaha,
Neb.; Harry Stanhope. Philadelphia,
and L. V. Obrien, Meriden, Miss.
The local police say two men and
a woman are being held in connec
tion with the syndicate by the Denver
police, and one man in Philadelphia.
In the pockets of the men arrested
here, the police say they found racing
forms and tickets, rolls of imitation
money, and newspaper clipping tell
ing of enormous winnings on race
Operate In Larger Cities.
It is asserted the band has main
tained headquarters in Excelsior
Springs, with connections in the larger
The arrests were made on com
plaint of J. W. Klinkerman of Las
Animas, Colo., who asserts he lost
Indians and Savages Open Series at
V. L. Park.
Josh Clark and his Sioux City In
dians arrived in town this morning,
and this afternoon they opened a
four game series at Western League
park with the Savages. This after
noon's game was started at 3:30
o'clock. Sunday's game will begin at
3 o'clock.
Manager Jackson announced before
the game began that he would use his
groom pitcher. Animal Dashner.
Dividends on Stocks of Holding
Company "Minor Matter.
Great Outlay Not Concerned
With Receivership, He Says.
High Taxes and Dear Material
Hit Coffers Hard.
Untermeyer Prods Harding
Over Change in Directorate.
Washington, June 5. The Rock Is
land railway receivership, and changes
in the directorate which accompanied
it, were the subject of further testi
mony today at the interstate com
merce commission investigation of the
road's financial affairs.
Samuel Untermyer, representing N.
British Battleship Covered With the New War Paint in the Dardanelles.', V- ? ' :
The success with which the allied ships are slowly making their way up the Dardanelles is due in some
measure to the new disguise which the allies have discovered for the vessels. This disguise is a new "dopple"
War paint which in a rough sea makes the ships appear at a distance a part of the waves and sky.
M. Amster of Boston, a director, who
headed a committee which sought to
elect an opposition ticket of directors,
questioned J. Horace Harding, a New
l ork broker, who organized the win
ning ticket.
Untermeyer wanted to show Hard
ing was acting for W. H. Moore and
Daniel G. Reid.
Acted in Public's Behalf.
Harding insisted he had acted in
behalf of the public interest and the
fact that Moore and Reid were large
clients of his was a mere coincidence.
Commissioner Clements asked Hard-
ng if the receivership could have
been avoided if the Rock Island had
not been compelled since 1902 to pay
$45,000,000 as dividends on the stocks
and bonds of the holding company.
Harding s opinion was that it was a
Continued on Page Six.
U. S. Commissioner Caught in
Grand Jury Net.
Many Officials Accused in Texas
Election Frauds.
Corpus Christi, Tex., June 5. For
ty-two persons, including United States
Commissioner T. B. Southgate, offi
cials of Nueces county, and the local
chief of police, were indicted here to
day by the federal grand jury on
charges of "conspiring to corrupt an
The grand jury has been investigat
ng the elections held here last No
Italian Alpinists Advancing on
Fortress Revereto.
Second Roman Army Pushes
Up Adige to City. .
Rome, June 5. The battle of Re
vereto has begun. Italian Alpinists
and Bersogliere are advancing on the
Austrian fortress town from tnt south
and southeast. Austrian guns, cap
tured when the Italians took Monte
Zugno by assault, have begun bom
barding the city from a great height.
A second Italian army is operating
with the forces that pushed rapidly
up the Adige to the attack upon
Revereto. It is making its way along
the mountain path overlooking Val
Arsa. The advance guard of this
second force is less than eight miles
from Revereto.
Elsewhere the fiercest fighting is
taking place upon the slopes of Monte
Terno, and an official report from
General Cardona today said he bat
tle for the ridge continues with the
losses on both sides heavier than in
any other action. The Italians are
making progress, but the character of
the enemy's defenses make it neces
sary to sacrifice lives.
In Case of War Local Aviators
Plan to Enlist.
Phil Billard and A. K. Longren
With Aerial Corps.
Have Made Scores of Flights
Throughout State.
Longren Will Try Bomb Drop
ping in New Machine.
In case the United States engages in
war with either Germany or Mexico,
Topeka will be well represented in the
aviation corps. Phil Billard is plan
ning to join the Aero-Military Service
federation, which is being organized
rapidly all over the United States. A.
K. Longren will not join the associa
tion, as his time is taken up exclusive
ly with exhibition flights, but if war is
declared he will be on duty with hie
"bomb-dropping craft."
The Aero-Military Service federation
was organized in New York City a few
days ago. August Belmont was elect
ed president-general and Mortimer
Delano, deputy" president-general. This
association will constitute a national
reserve corps of aviators and in times
of war will volunteer for- service un
der Uncle Sam.
Branches of the association will be
established in many of the. important
cities of the country.- - It Is believed
that 25,000 aviators will join in a
month. Fifteen hundred service sta
tions will be arranged and a systematic
organization will be. perfected that
undoubtedly will be of great aid to
the nation in case the Bryan "peace
bubble" bursts.
Volunteer If Needed.
Phil Billard was asked this morn
ing whether or not he intended to
join the association. "I have been
asked to join," he said, "but have not
had time to look into the matter thor
oughly." Mr. Longren made the statement
that he probably would not become
connected with the association, but
would volunteer in active service if
Longren is today testing out his new
machine, which he will use in exhibi
tion flights and which is doubly in
teresting in that these flights will
demonstrate bomb dropping. Fur
thermore, Longren will fly over To
peka and drop imitation bombs to
show what the people of Europe, are
getting used to.
The new machine is equipped with
a 7-cylinder French Gnome . motor.
Several new features have also been
added. The oil tank, holding 18 gal
lons, is located beneath the planes.
It is a lighter craft than the old Lon
gren aeroplane and is almost a coun
terpart, in many respects, of some of
the French war vessels of the skies.
Pan-American Delegates Guests of
Business Men's League.
St. Louis. June 5. Delegates to the
Pan-American financial conference,
who are making a tour of the large
cities of the country,- arrived here to
day to spend two days as guests of
the Business Men's league of St. Louis
Only One Team Refuses Cut.
Chicago, 111., June 5. Norris L.
O'Neill, president of the Western
Baseball League, who announced that
the players of the league must accept
a cut in wages to prevent the league
from suspending, said Friday night
two clubs had agreed to the reduction.
Two others, he said, had asked for
further information. Only one team
refused to consider the plan.
Berlin, June 5. The German
military department, recognizing
that cleanliness of its soldiers is
conducive to the health and physi
cal strength of the army, is send
ing special bathtub trains to the
front. This is especially necessary
in Russian Poland, where German
soldiers are much troubled by dirt
and vermin.
. i --n,.. ..in. ,
Revenue From Automobile Li
censes Will Be $270,000.
Equal to One Dragging of More
Than 360,000 Miles.
Chance for 240 Highways,
North-South, East-West.
No District in Union With Such
an Improvement Plan.
Results From Anto License.
Net revenue to road fanris $270,000
Equal one dragging miles 3H0.000
Equals five draggings miles 72,000
State wide east and west roads.... 120
State wide north and south roads.. 120
With practical use of the revenue
from the state automobile license fund
this year, Kansas will establish the
best system of dirt roads in the Unit
ed States. That is the opinion of J. T.
Botkin, secretary of state, who de
clares that the state will turn into the
county - treasuries $270,000 from the
fund at the close of the year ending
June 30. This $270,000 will be avail
able in its entirety for road building
purposes. :
The money realized by. the state
from its automobile license fund goes
directly into the counties where the
machines are owned after deducting
the small expense for handling the
work in the secretary of staie's office.
Seventy-five cents from each automo
bile license is deducted to meet office
expense, postage and purchase of tags.
Fifty cents is deducted from the mo
tocycle license, leaving $4.25 to be re
turned to the county in which the au
tomobile is located and $1.50 from
each motorcycle license. It is after
deducting the expense of handling the
rConrJnued on Vase Two.
Newspaper Men of Kansas Dailies
Hold Session in Topeka Today.
Fifteen newspaper men, represent
ing the Daily League of Kansas News
papers, are in Topeka today, in a
meeting called to discuss problems of
interest to the organization.
The league is meeting with Merle
Thorpe, dean of the school of jour
nalism of Kansas university, to hear a
report of his eastern investigation con
cerning foreign advertising. The
newspaper men are talking over, also,
the provisions of the law concerning
statewide industrial and commercial
surveys, passed by the 1915 legisla
ture. Several of the well known Kansas
editors are in attendance, including
Charles F. Scott, ex-congressman, of
the Iola Register.
Those early today for the meeting:
Merle Thorpe, K. U. department of
journalism; Roy Bailey, Salina Jour
nal; John Mack, Newton Republican;
W. Y. Morgan, Hutchinson News;
Harry Montgomery, Junction City
Union; Herbert Cavaness, Chanute i
Tribune; Charles F. Scott, Iola Regis
ter; A. M. Clapp, Fort Scott Tribune;
George Marble, Fort Scott Tribune;
Doc Moore, Pittsburg Headlight; Del
Deputy, Manhattan Nationalist.
The newspaper men met in the
grey room of the State Journal
building. They were the guests of
Frank P. MacLennan for luncheon at
the Topeka Commercial club quarters.
Former Foreign Minister Offers Ser
vices in War as Chauffeur.
Vienna, June 5. Count Leopold von
Berchtold, formerly Austro-Hungarian
foreign minister, has offered his ser
vices in the Italian campaign as a
volunteer automobilist.
In the hope that he will be able to
accompany his son to the front, the
count is learning to be a chauffeur.
New York, June 5. A French
tank steamer designed to mother a
submarine reached this port today
from Bordeaux. The vessel is fit
ted with opening bows through
which submarine may enter.
When the submarine Is in position
in the ship's interior, the bows are
closed and the steamer is then
ready to sail and to discharge the
submarine at distant points wher
ever desired. -
The steamer is the first of three
vessels of her type built and build
ing. She is named the Kangaroo.
Another Operation Necessary
on Constantlne of Greece.
Surgeons Compelled to Remove
One or j More Ribs.
Athens, June 6. Announcement
was made today that King Constantlne
of Greece has had a change for the
worse and that another operation on
his majesty is necessary.
The operation will necessitate the
removal of one or more of the king's
ribs. The temperature of the patient
last evening was 99.6; pulse, 102; res
piration, 20.
The king has been suffering from
pleurisy for several weeks and his
condition has been far from satisfac
tory. He underwent an operation the
latter part of May, after which he
suffered a relapse.
King Constantine's wife is a sister
of Emperor William of Germany.
Washington Probes Recruiting
of American Youth.
Britain Suspected of Violating
Shipping Agreement.
Boston, Mass., June 5- Alleged re
cruiting of America young men for
the military forces of Great Britain,
is the subject pf jn investigation be
gun by federaljofflcials here.".
According to a cablegram from the
United States consul general at Lon
don, which was included in a message
sent by Secretary Bryan to Congress
man Peter F. Tague of this city, at
least fifteen youths have been enlisted
.n violation of an agreement with the
British board of trade, regarding the
United States shipping laws.
These and other cases are being in
quired into, it is understood.
Heavy Rains Are General Over
the State.
Railway Traffic Is Delayed at
Many Points.
Rains in the last forty-eight hours
have caused rivers and streams to
overflow, bridges to wash out and have
delayed railway traffic. All govern
ment stations reported from a trace
of moisture to 1.28 inches at Anthony
with the exception of Manhattan,
Scott City and Wichita, where there
was no precipitation at all.
Rivers and streams in southern
Kansas Friday night and this morning
were raging torrents. Residents of
towns along the Arkansas river south
of Wichita prepared to vacate their
This morning the stage of the Solo
mon at Beloit was 23.8 feet. Bank full
stage is 16 feet.
The Republican river at Clay Cen
ter was 10.4 feet, a rise of five-tenths
of a foot since Friday. Bank full
stage is 18 feet. The Blue at Blue
Rapids today was 5.1 feet, a 2.4 foot
fall since Friday. There the bank
full stage is 14 feet. The Smoky Hill
at Abilene was 9.1 feet which is little
change over Friday. Bank full stage
is 2 2 feet.
There is no chance of the Kaw
river's rising at Topeka to a marked
degree. The stage today at Wamego
was 7.9 feet, which was a rise of but
one-tenth of a foot since Friday. The
Kaw at Topeka was twelve feet even
today as against 12.4 feet at 5 o'clock
Friday evening.
It was reported today that eight
persons were injured in a tornado
which swept Barton, Russell and Os
borne counties Friday. Much prop
erty damage was done and the wind
was followed by a heavy fall of rain,
which in some localities reached al
most cloudbursts proportions.
Cloudy and cooler weather is sched
uled for tonight and Sunday.
The temperature Friday night was
the highest in more than ten nights.
The minimum at 5 o'clock this morn
ing was 66 or four degrees above nor
mal for this date. The weather was
sultry today.
The weather In Kansas today was
good for the corn. The temperature
was three degrees above normal at
Topeka. This afternoon the wind was
fourteen miles an hour from the
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock.
11 o'clock. .
8 o'clock. . .
9 o'clock. . ,
10 o'clock. . .
. 71
. 74
. 76
12 o'clock. .
1 o'clock . .
2 o'clock. .
To Take Xo Independent- Action of
Any Kind in War.
Tokio, June 5. Foreign Minister
Kato, interpellated in the house of
peers, today, by the budget committee,
made the declaration that Great Brit
ain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan
had agreed to take no independent ac
tion of any kind in connection with
the European war.
Possibility of Rapprochement
Discussed by Mexicans.
Bandit Leader Sends Envoy to
Old Chief's Agent.
Unofficial Messages Say Car
ranza Takes Appeal Kindly.
Promised Friendly Reply Gives
"Washington Hope.
El Paso, Tex., June 5. The
possibility that President WH-
son's recent note to Mexican
leaders might result in a rap--
prochement between General.
Carranza and General Villa was
being discussed in Mexican cir
cles here today. .
It was stated authoritatively
that at the suggestion of a high
Villa official on the border, a re
quest has gone to Elisio Aredon-
do, the Carranza representative
at Washington, to outline some
basis for an understanding.
Carranza Is Friendly.
Washington, June 5. Unofficial
advices received here from Vera Cruz
saying that General Carranza would
reply favorably to President Wilson's
statement calling upon the heads of
the warring factions in Mexico to re
store peace in the southern republic
gave renewed hope to administration
officials today of ultimate solution of
the problem.
More' than 20,000 hungry Mexicans
already have been fed at Monterey,
from supplies arriving from the
United States. More than 7,000 Starv
ing persons were supplied with corn'
yesterday at the American hospital
alone. .
Generals Davila, Zertuche. and
Santos have expressed to Consul Gen
eral Hajana, thanks to President Wil
son, the American Red Cross and the
American people for assistance. The
consul general made another appeal
today for corn, beans and rice, "to
save the lives" of people, most of
whom are not responsible for "the
most awful conditions."
Confederate of Kuepferle Found
Guilty in London.
Third Prisoner Sentenced to
Seven Years in Prison.
London, June 5. Official an
nouncement was made here this
afternoon that another German
spy, named Robert Rosenthal
had been arrested and had made
a confession.
London, June 5. Official an
nouncement has Just been made that
German spy named Muller had been
sentenced to death.
The trial of the two alleged spies,
Muller and Hahn, was held in camera
at Old Bailey, before the Lord Chief
Justice and Justices Avory and Lush.
The Jury found both prisoners guilty.
Prisoner Muller was sentenced to
death by shooting and is to be hand
ed over to a competent military au
thority for execution, subject to hie
right to appeal to the court of crim
inal appeals. Prisoner Hahn was sen
tenced to seven years' penal servitude.
Muller and Hahn were arrested with
Anton Kuepferle, who committed sui
cide in Brixton prison, London. All
were accused of sending information
to Germany by means of invisible ink.
Kuepferle, who once lived in Brook
lyn, claimed American citizenship,
and Muller professed to be a natural
ized Englishman. Hahn admitted he
was a German.
Brody Gets 15 Years.
Kansas City, Kan., June 5. Jesse
Brody, a brakeman, who killed Nathan
Gill, in March, 1910. when Gill
came home unexpectedly and found
Brody there, was sentenced In the
Wyandotte county district court to
day to 15 years in the Kaksas peniten
tiary. Brody was convicted of second
degree murder.
London The story Is told how
a certain "Sister Susie" in London
knitted socks for soldiers at the
front. In the toe of one she placed
a note and the first soldier that
read it was her brother.
London A favorite color for
women's hats the coming season
will be "Belgian "red" the milliners
London King George has ac
cepted as a gift a German bomb
dropped from a Zeppelin In North
Cumberland, the donor being the
man whom it narrowly missed.
Capetown Women of ."outb
Africa have been called upon by
the war office to make veils for
the soldiers to protect then from
disease carrying insects. Thin silk
is the material.
London An artilleryman writes
from northern France, "Spring is
here. We have planted rose bushes
and flowers about our guns and
they give the place a more homey
London Queen Alexandra has
left London on a brief vacation for
the first time since the war began.

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