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VOL.XLIV. NO. 27.
MISSOULA, MONTANA, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 27, 1917. PRICE FIVE CE^TS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE VICTIMS OF AIR HELPLESS CITIZENS IN COAST TOWN OF ENGLAND RUTHLESSLY KILLED DT DENMAN AIN BOMBS Fifty of 76 Killed Were De- j fenseless . Women and Children in Market. A. P. CORRESPONDENT VISITS RUINED TOWN Most Deadly of Any Raid Because Missiles Struck in Crowded Street. By Associated Press. A Town on the Southeast Coast of England, May 26. Via London. —Women and children, who had ttood for hours in a long line in the busiest street here, waiting to purchase potatoes, werè the prin cipal victims of the German air plane raid last evening. They had little warning of the raid and were easy victime of the air vul' tures, who dropped their deadly bombs indiscriminately. The raid, which claimed the lives of 76 persons and caused injury to 175 others, proved more deadly than any the Zeppelins have made on England since the beginning of the war. Of the killed, 27 were women and 23 were children. Of those in jured, 43 were women and 19 were children. Flying so high that they looked like a flock of ducks, the raiders rained dozens of bombs on the busiest block of the main thor oughfare, which was choked with shoppers of every age and sex. Visited by A. P. Correspondent. A correspondent of the Associated Press visited the destroyed section to day. He found a grocery store that had collapsed and was told by the grocer, who lost two members of his family, that ten dead persons were found in thç debris of the building. A dozen more were killed and three score or more injured by flying glass and bricks and shrapnel like fragments, which were scattered forcibly by the bursting bombs. Many persons lost their lives on narrow stair like passage way between two buildings on this street, when bomb hurst overhead, the concussion lulling them. All the victims in this part of the twon were struck down within a radius of 200 yards. Property Damage Not Big. One of the most striking results was the small property damage here com pared with the heavy loss of life. This Is thought to have been due to the fact that the bombs happened to drop where large crowds of shoppers, aug mented by people attracted to the po tato sale, were gathered. In the resi dential sections fashionable homes Were demolished, but only one or two victims wore found In the ruins. The casualty list for this town alone was tonight placed at 60 dead and ISO injured. Workmen continued to search huge piles of debris tonight In the residential section where several persons are missing. The raiders spent less than three minutes over this town. They came from places further inland, which they bad bombed freely. The loss of life and property dam aged In those places, however, is ported to have been comparatively slight. War Summary The Italians are continuing their brilliant offensive against the Aus trians on the Carso pleateau to ward Trieste. Thirty-five hun dred addltionnl prisoners have been captured, bringing the total thus taken since the beginning of the offensive on May 14, up to 22,411. • » * Seventy-six persons were killed and 174 Injured in Dovef or Folk stone, England, ns a result of an air raid by German air craft. Of the killed, 27 were women and 23 children. Of the wounded, 43 women and 19 were children. On the return of the raiders across the channel they wore attacked by air squadrons from Dunkirk and three of them were brought down. • • • The French have made further progress on the Champagne front. Herlin states that 544 men and of ficers and 15 machine guns were taken from the French on the Chentlndes - Da mes. * * * Russian troops frustrated n Turkish attempt to dislodge thorn from heights south of Van on the Caucasus front. j The Weather TWENTY-SIX DEAD IN KANSAS STORM Wichita, Kn.«.. Mny 26.— 1 Twenty-nix lives ;iik! more Ilian 60 injured, several of whom i>rohahly will die, was the toll of I relay's tornado whieh swept a lean until so miles throng'll Kingman ind Marlon enmities in south ventral Kansas. POSTERS AROUSE IRE OF NfeW YORK New York. May 26.—Police and ma rine corps recruiting officers began in investigation today to find out who is responsible for pasting posters with scraps of paper bearing the in scription : "To hell with the United States." Posters in various parts of the city have been torn down. Montana—Generally fair Sunday and Monday; warmer Sunday east of the divide. SWEDISH SHIPS SUNK BY SUBS London. May 27.—Six Swedish steamers have been sunk in the Baltic sea, says a Reuter dispatch from Stockholm. The steamers are the Kyros, Pauline, Kjell, Therese, Olga and Erik. The Swedish steamers Less!. Goeta md Marta, the dispatch adds, have been captured and taken into Swine nuiende, Germany. WOULD CONTINUE COLLEGE SPORTS New York, May 26.—An informal conference of graduate managers and athletic representatives of 14 univer sities and colleges discussed the pres ent condition of college athletics at a meeting held here today. While these representatives had no power to bind their several institutions the discussion brought out the fact that it was the sense of those present that college ath letics should bo continued. Many modifications of the usual systems were discussed, although no conclusion was reached. WEST IS FACING FAMINE IN FUEL Pan Francisco, May 26.—Pacific coast and other western cities were facing a possible fuel famine, accord ing to a statement issued hero today by southern Pacific railroad officials. The shortage applies to wood, coal and oil. 1 »earth of coal is due to shortage of labor in the coal mines, shortage of ships for coastwise and foreign coal and lack of equipment for rail trans portation. The wood situation is so serious, the report says, that the Southern Pacific company has de termined to reclaim all scrap piling, ties and second-hand lumber along Its lines. CONSULT LABOR, BRITISH MOTTO New York, May 26.—James H Thomas, member of the British par liament and general secretary of the National Union of Railways of Great Rritain and Ireland, speaking tonight at a reception given in honor of him self and other British labor leaders, sent to this country, declaim'd that the labor movement in general had not been weakened by the war and that it now was "stronger than ever." "Lahor." ho declared, "has been con sulted in every instance where matters affecting It have come up, and the re sult has been satisfactory." NEW DUNN PLOT STORY IS TOLD St. Papl, May 26.—A new story of a plot to kill Mrs. Alice McQuiflan Dunn while she was in Montana last fall was related the police here "by William Hickey, held as a witness in the Dunn murder case, today. Hickey told the police, it is said, that $4,000 was to have been divided among the prin cipals of the plot but that it fell through. He implicated, according to officials, several of the persons in dicted in connection with the murder of Mrs. Dunn, including her husband, Frank J. Dunn, Joe Redenl»aUKh, Mike Moore and Frank MeCooI. ¥ -2? **•>• v GLEIM BUILDING ON WEST FRONT. WRECKED BY RISING ^ATER. Missoula River Rises Fast; Crest Not Yet Here Thinks Government Expert Kramer Building on Bank En dangered by Rapid ly Growing Flood. The Missoula river, fed by numerous ■» streams and rivulets, which, through) the melting of immense quantities of snow during the past weeks, have be come rushing torrents, is rapidly ris ing and will continue to rise for sev eral days, according to experts. Fri day the gauge placed near the Hig gins avenue bridge by E. \Y. Kramer, district hydro-electric engineer of the forest service, gave the height of the water in the Missoula river as 9.4 feet. Yesterday the gauge recorded the height at lots feet, the highest reached for about four years. Another Rise Expected. The gauge was first May 17, and at that time recorded height of 10 feet. Later tile water gradually receded, but commenced rising Thursday night, as an increase of six inches was shown on the gauge Friday morning. The river will rise at least another foot, in the opinion of Mr. Kramer, who lias made an intea site study of the snowfall during the winter, and believes that the worst is yet to come. The River's Record. Mr. Kramer submits tile following the a . ,, , installed on j in shows the gauge height in the last 10 days: May 17, , 9.8: May 19, 9.3 ; ; May 20, , 9.3; May 22. 9.3 ; May 23, , 8.9; May 25. 9.4 ; May 26 , feet during 9.1; May 24 10.5. According to a high water mark painted on the Higgins avenue bridge, the high water mark of 1908 would have read 14.6 feet on the gauge now used. It is believed from estimates made that the 1913 high water would have read between 11 and 11.5 feet on the gauge. The Flathead river, which joins with the Missoula river, the two making what is known as the Clark's Fork river, has risen four and one-half feet during the last two weeks, though tin rise lias been very gradual. The re ports of the height for the last two days, during whieh the Missoula river has risen nearly two feet, has not yet been received, however. Danger Farther West. There is not much danger for the people living along the Missoula river as far west as the conjunction with the Flathead river, according to Mr. Kramer, as the banks are fairly high all the way. The worst sufferers will he farmers along the Clark's Fork liver in Idaho and Washington, and lumber companies in (hose slates. In 1913 a great deal of damage was do,, to them during the high water and Mr. Kramer believes that when the water rises another six inches, dam aging floods may l»e expected on the Clark's Fork river during the follow ing week. Studies of the stream show that the peak of the flood will reach Newport, Wash., from five to nine days after the flood peak passes Mis soula. Building Threatened. While It is not believed that the high water will do much damage in tin vicinity of Missoula, expect perhaps along the river road west of (lie city, there is one building, on West Front street, which is already seriously damaged by the flood, and may col lapse unless the waters recede. The building is a two-story concrete struc ture, owned by the Gleim estate, and already has been undermined by the high water so as to split in two. It is thought that the outer section, which is an addition to the original build ing, will fall lnt<p the river any time. ol ot LEAVES HOSPITAL TODAY. New York. May 26.—Madame Sarah Bernhardt tomorrow will leave the hospital, where she has been a patient several weeks and go to Briar Cliff. N, Y., to complete tier convalescence. flEAD OF MINERS SEES DANGER TO COAL INDUSTRY ■» New York, May 26. Declaring that the program recentl.t outlined by the committee on coal production of the Council of National Defense would "place the great coal areas of the na tion at the dictation of the avowed enemies of uition labor, with all the calamities that would entail," John 1'. White, president ot the United Mine Workers of America, today addressed a protest to President Wilson and members of the council of defense. The mine workers, he assert- i .., mist not be chained to the soil in the* spirit of tho old Russian serf- ; <lom," its the arrangement proposed by the committee on coal production "would chain them President White Sees Ene mies of Union Labor Mas ters During War. national A matter of grave concern to our nation lias been precipitated by t ht» sudden development out of your organ izatiou ol a committee on coal produe lion, whieh sets aside a complete tu tional agreement between mine own ers and mine workers just recently arrived at In New \ ork city," said Mr. White in his letter. "By that agree meat the basic industry ol the nation Was placed on an assured Inundation ol adequate and uninterrupted coal supply. Not Called in Conference. 'Speaking mi behalf of (lie half mil lion workers of our organization, and assuming to speak only for them, I hasten, to call to your attention the tart that these two notable conferences ot the central competitive field and the anthracite field offered to you. as "" auxiliary to your own counsel, joint oinmittees ot operators and workers to direct the production of coal on tliu basis id mutual Interest and mu tunl conlidenee and efficiency. "Doubtless through the immense pressure of duties resting upon you. that Offer bas been completely ignored and this vital basic industry is threat ened with complete disruption. If not successfully resisted at once, your committee on coal production would place the great coal areas of the ns tien at the dictation of avowed en einies id union labor, with all tho calamities that would entail. ...» , , « I* « . « . . It. vvoiiM defeat the maintenante throughout the war of those union labor standards of justice and effl eiritcy, which the president of the United states so nobly pledged himself and this government to maintain. It would set at naught those principles of industrial square dealing which not only the l ulled Mine Workers have j successfully advanced, but which the great associations of mine owners | themselves have agreed to. | "Perhaps most of all it would set the mine owners who have recognized decent, humanitarian standards .«moult their workers at the mercy of the (Uontinned on Page Eight.) SUBSCRIPTION BLANK I,................................................................, do hereby agree to contribute $.............. for the purpose of building a municipal swimming pool in Missoula. I give this money with the understanding that if a sufficient amount is not secured to construct such a pool, my subscription shall be null and void. Name............... „ ...................................... Address. I ME BISI, "UlTFOHPOl Barbers' Union and Missou* lian-Sentinel Teams Wifi Battle. Pi r\ iously acknowledged II. M. Rawn Melville Rawn .................. Dorothy Rawn....... L. E. Johnson .............. Mrs. Sarah Longfclt..... t>. E. Ilousottc Electrical Workers' Union... Ray mer and Hell........... Ray Hamilton J. P. Ritchie ........... Fred .1. Millard ......... Dr. George Jennings....... H. A. Roberts....... Morrell MacSpaddon Raytner and Hell ....... A boy's friend ........ Jane Holmes............ Edwin Johnson ........................ Frank Kigemnn ..... John Eigeman, Jr.......... United Brotherhood of Uarpe ters and Joiners, local No. Total crowd is expected, charged hut i ; COLLECTION TAKEN FOR FUND'S BENEFIT Big Dance Monday Night Prom'ses to Be Best Event of Its Kind. $ i.:wr*.' .TOO 1.00 1.00 :*.oo 1.00 1.00 r.o.oo f..oo :..oo n.oo r».oo L'fi.OO 1.00 1.00 Raseball is the next event on the calendar of swimming pool benefits. This afternoon the barbers will meet Hie Missoulian-Sentiiiel baseball team on the university diamond. The game has been called for 2:30 and a large No admission fee collection foi the benefit of the swimming pool will be taken. Each member of the two teams has been advised to bring a I least 25 cents for the collection so that some kind of showing can'be made when t tic returns are in. 1 A Big-League Game. Every baseball fan in the city should p ( , present at the game. He will re ceive many valuable pointers ns to how the great national pastime should pot lie played. Jake Fuller, captain of tlie- barbels' team, has several leagtte caliber pitchers and lias announced that he will try out the fat ones first and gradually work through the list, The newspaper men are pinning their | u m, , m ; L dark liorse pitcher who has worlds of speed and a curve like a right angle. The contest should l>e as enjoyable as if real baseball were to *'e offered, The Grand Total, I The , o(!l j nmt „ lnt collected at the preK) , nl timi . is $ 4 ,r-:s 3 . 7 r.. This ......ns hk( , flmd making good prog ,. PNK and it is, but it is not growing as rapW , v ;ls „ Hhon |,i. The very satis r iictll ,. v feature of the campaign up to )h< . p,., js wav in wlll ,. h i( iH being supported by the people of Mls HO(lla KPn ,. r! ,„ v . Tho Mlssotillan does not eX p„ ct lhat , ho flln d can be raised over night and realizes that it will take some time to get together the necessary amount, but It feels sure that eventually the fund will reach the place where it can be turned over with the knowledge that it will I». sufficient to construct a clean, safe, sanitary and comfortable place for Missoula children and their eitler« l enjov tho sport of swimming. o- ____ The Big uance. dance Monday night prom iH, ' R '° U "' "s ,lmt " <>f <•'>" Klml put on In Missoula. The young «omen in charge of the ticket It report that they are meeting with till liln,ls ,,f «"cross and Monday night « llo "l<t sl '*' Missoula peopli j «aged in thoroughly enjoying them «fives than it has seen for a long | *bne. | Tin* MIkbouIu Minstrels will rehearse this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the I'll« a temple. The opening chorus has been selected and copies of it prepared for the choristers. Fred Angevine Is (Continued on Page Eight.) RAIDj HUNDRED PERISH AND IMMENSE AREAS OF ERRITO RY LA ID WASTE Mattoon and Vicinity Suffers Most, From 50 to 70 Being Dead and Much of Residential Section Destroyed—Hail Follows Wind and Beats Hundreds of Acres of Growing Crops Into Ground. HAVOC AND DEATH REPORTED FROM WIDELY SEPARATED POINTS BULLETIN. Springfield, III., May 27.—Advice over the long distance telephone from M.ittoon at 1 o'clock this morning stated that 42 bodies had been recovered. Captain W. W. Austin, in command of state troops at Mattoon, tel ephoned Adjutant General Dickson this morning that 75 to 100 per sons were killed. 300 seriously injured and that 100 blocks of build ings and houses had been levelled. A fire followed the tornado, but was said to have done only little damage, comparatively. Decatur, III., May 26.—(Bulletin.)—Charleston, III., 10 miles east of Mattoon. suffered a loss of 33 known dead and many injured in today'* tornado. This report was sent irom Mattoon tonight by a reporter for the Decatur Herald, who said that the loss in Charleston might prove to be greater than in Mattoon. The information was carried to Mattoon by a resident of Charleston who was seeking aid for the stricken resi dents of his community. By Associated Press. Mattoon, 111., May 26. Thirty-five prison« are known to be dead and it 1 M estimated that puil number I ' ai«* hurled In the ruins of Mattoon as a result ot a tornado whieh struck the city about 4 o'clock this afternoon, in addition more than 200 persons were injured, many of them fatally. Tonight every available vehicle the city was carrying the dead and in- j jured to hospitals, churches and other ! public places thrown open to them.) Mattoon was in complete darkness ex- j eept for the Ittfht of hundreds of lau terns carried by rescue workers and not until daxlis'ht can the full extent ; j the damage lie known. Comes Without Warning. Without, warning the storm hurst upon the city and before persons on ; streets could seek safety, a dis- | t on the northern, end of the city, two miles long and about four blocks idc, had been devastated. Tho prop tty damage, it was estimated to night, will exceed one-halt million «loi lnrs and hundreds of families are homeless. Immediately the plight of the corn muntty bet Ih known, special trains tug physicians ami nurses wert' rushed here from neighboring cities. Handicapped by lack of proper bos GERMANY TO SINK HOSPITAL SHIPS AS WAR VESSELS Misuse by British Assigned as Reason in Official Statement Issued. Dy Associated Press. London. Mny 26. The intention of the German government to sink all entente hospital ships in tie entile "barred zone" v\ith the exception of certain ships from Saloniki to Gtbral tar, is send - officia 11 y announced in Berlin, according to a Reuter dispatch from Amsterdam. The German an nuuneeinent was made in reference, to llritish denials of tile German allega tions liait the British misused hospital ships. it cited several Instances which, it was asserted, proved the correctness of the German accusation. The semi-official announcement reads | in part: "The German government will In th. future prevent all traffic by hospital 1 ships in the entire tarred zone and in! the .Mediterranean, including the road j left open for Greece, and will regard | hospital ships appearing therein as war vessels and attack them iimnedl-j ately." Germany.' the announcement adds, 1 will allow the transportation of the til' and wounded from Kalonhlki on Greek railways to Kalamata harbor and I thence on hospital ships to Gibraltar on the following conditions: Firstly These hospital ships on the road left open to Greek shipping must proceed at a rate of speed previously reported to the German government. Secondly—That the name of the ves sel and th tore b> i I I j [ I I j j time of arrival or depar oinmunicated to the German government six weeks in advance. Thirdly—-That a representative of the neutral government representing Germany's interests in the particular country In question shall certify he fore the departure of the hospital ship that she carries only the ill, wounded. and nurses and no goods other than nmterlals for treating them. pit a I facilities, every effort was be ing made to care for iho injured, and many of them were being treated in private homes. Many of the Injuries were caused by wreckage which filled the air for several minutes after the storm had passed. '.Meager reports which seeped into Mattoon from the surrounding section indicated that the storm did heavy proper!> damage and caused loss of h*r a distance of 30 miles in each direction from here. Most *»f the business quarter of Mat. ,uon «'.scaped i he fury of the tornado, Ihe path of the wind was through the north side residential part of the city. 'Phis swath was about four blocks wide. Houses were wrecked out of shape, toppled over most eases. smashed flat In Militia Arrive on Ground. The Kffinghurn militia arrived to night and took charge of guarding the wrecked property and caring for the homeless not otherwise provided. All churches and other public buildings were thrown open to the homeless and Injured who were eared for by Mat loon doctors and nurses, and those sent from t'hampaign. Word | 1 Kro " 1 " j | 1 1 ■ame at i Intervals from surrounding towns anil I tarins, reporting death and injury. Many Sections Storm Swept. I Chicago, May 26.- Spring tornadoes, j making their appearance cailler than [ usual in the central west, caused the deaths of more than 100 persons today and yesterday, the Injury of several hundred more, and property damage which cannot be estimated because of sciions loss In growing food crops. While the principal force of the storm struck at Mattoon. other sec tions of Illinois were visited by vagrant tornadoes which left death and de struction through a rich farming ter ritory. Casualties were reported as follows: Westerv.lt, five killed, 21 Injured, three of whom will die. Mianlmttnn, I dead, 6 injured. Joliet. 2 Injured FI wood. 4 Injured. Modesto, 111., l dead, 9 fatally hurt. I Pearl, I fatally Injured, I hurt. Charleston, many reported injured, I but definite information lacking until wire communication is restored, j Early «reports of property losses In dicated serious damage to many towns, j Joliet estimated a half million dollars' lamage in Will county alone. Hail followed the wind In many places, beating growing crops to the Five Dead at Westervelt. Wcstervett, III.. May 26.—Five dead id 21 Injured, three probably fatally, a result of the cvelone and hail (Continued on Page Ten.) MUSKOGEE, OKLA., SHAKEN BY BLAST Muskogee. Okla., May 27.—The city was shaken by a terrific explosion at 1:30 o'clock lids morning. Windows were broken all over the city. Immediately five riot calls from scattered parts of the city were re reived at police headquarters. | At 2 o'clock, the police had been unable to find the cause of the ex plosion which, they said early this morning, war at the powder magazine at the outskirts of tho city, where t .000 pounds of dynamite was stored, The riot alarms were given by peo pie who believed their homes were be ing robbed.