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I The Weather Warmer tonight '$ •J T* IN ACCIDENT August E. Johnson Brought To Bismarck Hospital Last Night In Serious Condition STRUCK BY AUTO IN A BLINDING WIND Had Started to Cross Street When Auto Turned Corner Knock ing Banker to Ground August E. Johnson, cashier of the First National bank at Washburn president of the Baldwin State bank, head of the McLean County bank at Wilton and for three terms,a senator from the 46th district, lies in the Bis marck hospital today his head a ball of bandages from injuries received in an automobile accident at 'Wash burn about 7:10 o'clock last night. His chances for recovery are favor able. Wind Cause of Accident. Johnson walked to his injuries in the wind which raged during the early part of the evening. Taking his wife's grip to the Soo station and learning that the train for Bismarck was four hours late instead of three as first reported* he returned to the village and was about to cross east from the hotel corner, when an automobile driven by Fred Kek, an employe of the Schultz garage of that village, came toward the Main street from the west, made a sharp turn of the cor ner to. go north up the hill and hit the banker. Dr. W. L. Gordon, of Wafchburn, dressed the man's wounds, and the Injured man was brought to this city for treatment. An examination dis closed several bad cuts on the head, a large gash on the left leg ?nd in juries to the left hip. Internal injur ies are feared. Tell* 8tory of the Accident. In room 317, on the third floor of the hospital, Cashier Johnson late this morning told his version of the accident up to the time that he was struck. What happened after thait he had no recollection. Johnson stated that it was shortly after 7 o'clock when the accident hap pened, that the car which struck him was driven by Fred Kek, who wastak ing a farmer by the name bf Fred Jes •er, who Hires ,14 miles north o.f..Wash burn, to his, home. ''r" Car TraViling up Hill. "The ca^. whi^b was a Maxwell," said Johnson, "was'trayellng north lip the hill neap jrte, ,Wasbburnhotel cor ner. It wasxoi4'anid windy and I had the collar of my mackinaw over my ears. The auto came front the west and I wati walking.east. It made a sharp turn at the corner in order to go up the hilL What happened after that I don't recollect." Mrs. Johnson had planned on com ing to Bismarck with a number of other residents of that village to at tend the grand opera tonight. The Soo train was reported three hours late. About a half hour before it Was due her husband took her grip to the station and learning that it wis an other hour tardy returned up town and was bound for his home. Mrs. Johnson's anticipated pleasure trip was turned into one of sorrow. She, with her two children,, Louise and Richard, accompanied her hus band to Bismarck. Among friends of the JohnBon family who made the trip wrre H. E. Wahl, Martin Holton, Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Gordon and several others. Well Known in Bismarck. August E. Johnson is well known in Bismarck. His term as senator from the Washburn district was from 1908 to 1913. For years he was employed in the mechanical department of The Tribune, starting work on the morn ing dally in 1891. He is a member of the Republican State Central commit tee. Mrs. Johnson Is a sister of Mrs. Treacy, wife of Dr. R. H. Treacy, 116 Broadway. JARESTOWN COLLEGE (Special to The Tribune.) Jamestown, N. D., Dec. 15.—Profes sor South of the Jamestown college faculty tendered his resignation this week which was accepted at once. No reasons for his resignation are forthcoming. FIREBUG APPLIES MATCH TO KITE STACKS OF HAT Milnor, N. D., Dec. 15—Applying the torch to five stacks of hay in afield near here, an incendiary destroyed several hundred dollars' worth of hay owned by C. A. Long—and Long is willing to lose another $100 in the form of a reward if the firebug is found. LASOOON MAX ELECTED HEAP OF STATE FAIR MANAGERS Grand Forks. N. D.. Dec. 15—B. E. Groom, of Langdon, N. D., was elect ed president of the North Dakota As sociation of Fair Managers, and Chas. A. Nash, of Fargo, was elected secre tary and treasurer. The association is today consider ing the question of attractions for county fairs. The president will appoint a com mittee on constitution and by-laws, to make a report at the next annual meeting. Trading Is Nervous Over Peace Talk Sales on Board for First Hbur Reach High Record of 665,000 ALL LEADERS OPEN UP MUCH LOWfeR After 11 A. M. Market Turns Tail Accompanied by Sever al Declines New York, Dec. 15.—Although some reverses on the stock exchange were subject to pressure of heavy selling at the opening, losses widened two to four points in many instances. Central Leather opened fourpoints lower. New York Air Brake sold down 2% Atlantic Gulf and West In dies dropped four points. Utah Cop per suffered initial loss of 3%, at 108 Marine was down 2%, at 35. Central Leather, hammered 10 points yester day, made almost the only wide gain,, selling up two, at 38. Sales reported 20,000 shares* United States Steel, 112 to 113% as apening range. Market lower. At these fig ures there is a decline of 1% to 2%. Sales for the first hour were 665,000, making it one of the heaviest hours of trading in years. Soon after 11 o'clock the market turned tall again and became extremely nervous with many declines. Fortunes Wiped Out. Reassuring statements that no brok erage houses have been weakened, engendered a near panic that seized the country speculators. The extent of the fortunes made and wiped out by the million-share market is a matter of guess work. Country customers suffered first and then in the crash hundreds, perhaps thousands, saw their speculative nest eggs wiped off the board. Profession al /traders instantly sold short and ned money Tuesday. Since then the market whipsawed this way and taht without preference. Yesterday a man died of heart fail ure in a broker's office reading the ticker. -It was reported today that ono brokerage firm declared a bonus, only to have, the employes use their Christmas presents tQ take a flier on the market/ Two million, four hundred shares, Tuesday 1 £50,000 shires, Wednes day 2jS00,fl0 shares yesterday, and an outlook for 2,500,000 shares today tells thfr story of Hhe rushito unload. .Trading today, totaled 2,435,000c shares, making the sales for the four days of the present .break about 914, 000,000 shares, United States Steel closed at 1^%, off i%, HOT SAFE TO London, Dec. 15.—In compliance with a request from the United States the Allies have granted Count Tar nowsky, the new Austrian ambassa dor to Washington safe conduct. The British at first denied him safe Con duct. LOVER I Coroner's Jury Probing Death of. Karl Maier of Beulah Holds Suicide as Cause BETROTHED DID NOT BREAK ENGAGEMENT Testifies She Wrote Letter in Fit of Jealousy To Make Him Come Post Haste to Her (By Staff Correspondent) Hazen, N. D., Dec. 15.—Death by suicide was the verdict of the coron er's jury late yesterday, after an hour's deliberation in the case of Karl Maier, Beulah ranchman, whose re mains were exhumed this week under an order from Attorney General Linde that the murder mystery theory might be cleared or more light thrown on the man's mysterious death. A gre^t many witnesses were ex amined. John M^ier, a brother, who had been suspected Of the crime, when subjected to a severe gruelling exam ination by Asisistant State's Attorney H. L. Berry, gave clear and unques tionable answers which left no doubt in the minds of the jury that he was innocent of the crime. Two Bullet* Caused Death. The postmortem examination estab lished the fact that two bullets caused deatb, that they entered the chest over he heart, one parsing out of his side and arm and the other severing several ribs and lodging in the intes tines. The clothing was powder burn ed as was the flesh around the wound, showing that he had held the rifle in a perpendicular position and against his chest at the time of firing the first shot, the other shot undoubtedly be ing fired after he had fallen. to the ground. Letter Motive for Deed. As a motive for the deed, a letter was found In his pocket from his be trothed, Miss Rebecca Henke, which had most likely been received the night before the deed' was oemmitted and which stated that she did not love him any more, that she would rather kill herself than live with him and that she loved another and returned to him a set of furs he had recently given her. Wr^te'Letter in Fit of Jealousy. Upon being shown the letter, she admitted having written It in a fit of jealously caused by having learned that he said he had written a former sweetheart but i' that she wrote it in tending to bring him post haste to her feet as a similar letter did on an other occasion. She insisted the let ter had nothing to do with his death and that he had been murdered, that he must have known she had not in tended to break their engagement or she would have returned his ring and that had he not been murdered he would have come to her at once. No evidence was produced showing any intimacy. Girl in Case 19 Years Old. It is supposed now that grief over the loss of his sweetheart, who is 19 years old and beautiful, caused him to commit suicide in a fit of despond ency. He was building a bungalow in Beulah and expected to take his bride there shortly. Prospects of an early marriage evidently were shattered by the letter written in a jealous rage by his sweetheart. Increased News Service For Trlbune]Readers Associated Press and United Press news bureaus are being established at Fargo which will furnish The Tribune, COM MENCING NEXT MONDAY, a more complete telegraph news service than is carried by any daily paper in the state. Realizing that the state capital is entitled to the best, The Tribune has contracted to take both services, the only paper in the state to do so. This insures an exceptional variety of tele graph news. The United Press is strictly an evening news service with hundreds of special correspondents in the war zone. While it is on the job twenty-four hours in the day, its news gathering machinery is especially speeded up to serve the news red hot to evening papers. With the Associated Press also, The Tribune will be in a position to serve its readers much better than in the past. It will carry more telegraph news than any evening paper in North Dakota. In addition it will give special service during the session of the legislature. You will want to keep in close touch with this session which because of the personnel of the body will be unique in the annals of the state. You CANNOT KEEP IN TOUCH with the legislative news unless you have a daily newspaper from the Capital City. Carrier service is maintained at Jamestown, Mandan and Dickinson. Special price during session ONE DOLLAR. By carrier fifty cents a month. SUBSCRIBE NOW! THIRTY-SIXTH TEAK, NO. UNITED PRESS BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1916 ASSOCIATED PRESS FIVE CENTS ULTIMATUM OF Decision Follows lleeting of Cab inet, Leaders and Crown Condi KING C0N8TANTINE* PRESIDES OVER SESSION Allies Demand Partial Demobiliz ation of Army and Surrend er of Ports MINISTER RE8IGNS. Copenhagen^. Dee. 15.—The Ru manian minieter has resigned, a dispatch from Jessy,, the new Ru manian capital, states. A new cabinet will be formed. Athens, Dec. 15.—Greece has ac cepted the ultimatum made several days ago by the- Entente iowers. That the terms 'will prove acceptable to the Greek government was indicated fol lowing a meeting with the cabinet and crown council over which King Constantine presided. It is indicated that the demands on Greece may require complete demob ilization of the army, restoration of control by the Entente over the posts, telegraphs, and railways, and the re lease of the imprisoned Venizelists. The allies' demands mean surren der of arms. Greece, through surren der, sees danger of. being starved out. King Constantine has been communi cating with Berlin. He probably hop ed to form a union with his troops and the Teutonic armies operating in the Balkans. Russian forces are retreating from Rumania in all directions. They are burning the villages through Wallach ia. Berlin reports that futile attempts were made by French forces on the west bank of the Meuse. Ousted Commissioners Decline To Oust and Question Hanna's Authority ALLEGED UNDUE INFLUENCE EXERTED OUTSIDE HEARING Petitions for an appeal from the de cision of Governor Hanna in the Het tinger county commissioners ouster proceedings and notices that an ap' pead had been taken were filed with Secretary of State Hall yesterday by each of the three defendants—'Wil liam Colgrove, John A. Rieger and Paul F. Schmidt—and the secretary of state in turn served formal notice on Governor Hanna of the action tak en. The grounds' stated for appeal in the notice served upon Secretary of State Hell are: FirBt: That the law under which the said defendant was removed from office is unconstitutional and void and that the said governor of North Da kota had no jurisdiction in the prem ises. Second: That there is no evidence of any nature whatsoever introduced or taken by the referee or the said governor showing or tending to show that the defendant has been, guilty of misconduct, malfeasance, crime in office or habitual drunkenness or gross incompetency. Third: That the evidence introduc ed wholly fails to show that any act or thing constituting grounds for /re moval from office that the evidence conclusively shows that this defend ant has complied with the law in all respects and has fulfilled his duties to the letter with respect to thfe office of county commissioner, and that the de fendant at all times exercised the ut most good faith in the performance of the duties of his office. Fourth: 'That Governor L. B. Han na of North Dakota committed error in admitting and considering incom petent, immaterial and irrelevant evi dence which was introduced at the hearing, and that the referee commit ted error in sustaining objections to defendant's offer of proof of certain testimony showing the good faith of the defendant and showing the malice and bias of the witness for the state: that the referee appointed to take the testimony by the said governor com mitted error in sustaining objections to testimony offered by the defendant explaining his acts and conduct and showing good faith. Fifth: That the decision and order of removal of the governor of North Dakota was not based upon the testi mony introduced, but was based upon prejudice, and bias and statements made by. enemies of the defendant to said governor outside of said trial and hearing. Sixth: That the defendant did not have a fair or impartial trial in that the said governor was prejudiced and biased against him that the said gov ernor committed error in making his order removing this defendant from the office of county commissioner of Hettinger county that said order is in no manner supported by. the tes timony. These five men may figure in the proposed reorganization of the French ministry into a "war council" like the one Lloyd Georgo has formed in England. They are top to left, Gen. Joffre, who may resign as supreme com mander of the' French army top right, Aristide Briand, premier of the pres 1916 WHEAT Season's Yield Is 386,041,000 Busheh Less Than Produc tion of Year 1915 1916 CORN YIELD EXCEEDS THAT OF 1915 Washington, Dec. 15/—The total es timate on the wheat production in the United Stptes for the year 1916 Is 639,860,000 bushels compared with 1,025,901,000 of last year or a differ ence of 386,041,000 bushels. The corn production in the United States for 1916 exceeds that for the preceding year by 852,248.00 bushels. The figures are: For, 1916, 2,583,242, 000 and for 1915, 2,000,994,000 bushels. CAPITALIST TO START LIFE OVER ON $60 SALARY Chicago, Dec. 15.—James O'Connor, Joliet capitalist, fvhose failure in 1903 brought ruin to widows, orphans and aged men, will start life over at $60 a month. He has secured a job here. GIRL VIGTSmDENTIFIEO Wolverton Woman Run Down and I Killed by Taxi in Fargo During Blizzard Last Night. (Special to The Tribune.) Fargo, N. II., Dec. M.—The girl who was run down and killed by a axi during last night's blizzard was identi fied early today as Miss Edith Eden strom of Wolverton, Minn., who was employed here as domestic. An offi cial inquirty into the affair has not been fixed as yet. 7SHOPPING J)AYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS TRIBUNE MEN WHO MAY FIGURE IN EORGANIZATION OF FRENCH MINISTRY! PINION OH IN ENCLANO JK TO ACTION ADVISABLE IN ANSWER! PEACE IE BY GERMANY TO ALLIES ent coalition minlstr^, who may lead the new war council bottom, left to right, Gen. Gallieni, noted defender of Paris against the Prussians in 1870 and now secretary of war Gen. Nivelle, who may succeed Gen. Joffre as head of the army and Gen. Pe tain, defender of Verdun, also)men tioned to succeed Joffre. 1 FR0I0L0 MCK Western Union Branch Will tribute About $400 to Its Em ployes As Gifts EASTERN EMPLOYES TO SHARE LIBERALLY The sum of $400 will be distributed in Christmas gifts to the employes of the Bismarck branch of the Western Union under provisions of the gener al order sent out from the head offices this week. Those who1 will share in the distribution are employes in the service since the first of this year. The general order provides that all employes receiving less than $1,200 a year will receive 7 per tent, of a year's salary, and that all employes receiving $1,200 to $2,000 will get 6 per cent of a year's salary. All mes senger boys who have been in the company's employment since January 1, this year, will receive a flat allow ance of $25. The Fargo office, the largest in the state will distribute $2,129 in Christmas gifts to its em ployes. Drippings from the overflowing vats of fat rendered in Dall street will be distributed this and next week to employes as Christmas gifts which will break all past records. Firms like the Guaranty Trust com pany of New York, will distribute $300,000 to 1,000 employes Charles H. Jones & Co., 50 per cent of all em ployes salaries the Metropolitan Trust company 50 per cent for all em ployes Drepet & Doremus, 6 months' salary the Harriman National bank, 10 to 16 i»er cent and has risked spoil ing its employes Christmas by telling them in advance. Two years ago. it is. said, there were no bonuses. A Wall Street clerk who had a job and regular pay was consid ered a very lucky young man. There is a case, however, of a young man who worked as a stenographer for a year and is now said to have $250,000 of his own stowed away in the bank, made out of the brokerage business. In the stock exchange is Robert C. Hancke with a $75,000 seat paid for by the firm for whom he was a tele phone reporter for four years. Most Wall Street, stenographers, however, will go without seats on the exchange. They will have to be content with gifts from StOO to $500. »000 FI AT Oskaloosa, la., Dec. 15.—Fire gutted the Knights of Pythias hall and the Eagles headquarters here this morn ing, causing a total loss of approxi mately $250,000. Home Edition OFFER ME PLANS Some Desire Flat Refusal To All Demands Be Sent To En emy OTHERS BELIEVE OFFERS I 8HOULD BE CONSIl&REI} United States, It. Suggested, Developing Sentiment To Bring About End London, Dec. 15.—There is a stead* ily increasing sentiment among the allies to refuse German peace plans and substitute their own terms. De spite illness of Lloyd George it is known that the allies, through the foreign offices, already have begun in formal exchange of views relative to Hoilweg's proposals. Three plans are being advocated. Three PMfii. :r First: A blunt refusal Of all pro posals. Opponents to tnls plan de clare it would be a serious mistake not to meet the issues raised by Hqll weg. Second: Have Germany name terms of peace upon assumption that they may be worth consideration and that they could be considered without damage to the prestige of the allies. Want America to Help. Third: Not to ask Germany's terms but to state allies' sentiments toward peace and state terms and conditions. Suggestions are being made that the neutral nations, especially the United States, aid is developing senti ment toward the third course. Lloyd George is reported as being better and will be able to speak in the house of commons next Tuesday, when peace proposals will be (HecuB^ ed. DI8CU38 MATTER TODAY Washington, Dec. 15.—The (Jueation of peace and the part America is to play probably will be discussed at to day's session of the cabinet. .Confidential advices .from tary Crewe of the German embassy dispatched with Germany's proposale, will be up for consideration of Prest dent Wilson's advisers. This, taken with news messages, ln« dicated a sentiment araonf .the •llief against stopping the war at this.time.. IVIeanwhile, German officials hint a! to talk partial disarms- Dis?-willingness rment, if her enemies likewise will guarantee a world peace. President Wilson and Secretary Lansing had a two-hour conference of what to do over the peace note. That they had nothing to give out was all that the press could glean. EXPRESSES WILLINGNESS. Berlin, ec. 15.—Kaiser WUhelm ex pressed a willingness to enter into peace negotiations because Germany, is victorious. SURVIVORS HUD AT Brownsville, Dec. 15.—Two Ameri cans of the five survivors on the barge "Bob" which foundered in the Gulf of Mexico a week ago, are in terned at Matamoras, pending permis sion of the de facto government to move across the Rio Grande to this city. They are Captain Joseph Sod* ermann and Charles Arnold. They reached the shore 50 miles south of here, after being adrift in an open boat six days without food or water. They were given medical attention at Matamoras. son cm ON IAMEGA Jamestown, N. D., Dec. 15.—Albert Mammenga of Eldrldge, convicted of manslaughter in the first degree, in that he caused the death of his friend and neighbor, Andrew Sonnek on th® Mammenga farm Sept. 12, 1916, was yesterday formally sentenced by Judge Coffey to serve five years in the state penitentiary. Sentence was pro nounced by Judge Coffey at 2 o'clock in conformity with the verdict of the jury who a week aco t''°. pris oner guilty and fixed the re-for the crime at "five yoars .• "'ate penitentiary." MILTO* F»RJ»KR (i«VKS BATTLE TO A KAt t'OOIf Milton. N. D.. De Jess Tschabold. a farme was hunting recently, nc o.tc h- ju a large raccoon which gu 'rece fight. The animal was treed "tid the man went after him. His -3 were badly scratched and blcu.'l poison set in later. The coon weighed flftf pounds, and was the largest ever1, caught in the state.