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TEUTON ADVANCE String of Daily Victories for Austro-Germans Is Finally Broken *X)E REPULSED IS RUSSIAN CLAIM Humor Says Kaiser Is Soon to Make Another Dash Toward the Channel London, July 7.—Petrograd claims that a distinct check bar been inflicted on the Austro-Hungarians near Kras nik in southern Russian Poland, where the invaders are threatening one of the most important railroad connec tions with Warsaw. The claim direct ly contradicts the Vienna official re port which states that the Russians have suffered a defeat in this section. The Russian and Austro-German re ports agree that quiet prevails along the remainder of the eastern front where for the first time in several weeks the Austro-German armies have ceased to win dally successes. Italy keeps up her heavy battering tactics against the Austro-Hungarian positions along the Isonzo river, Vien na reporting particularly fierce but fruitless attacks on the lower Isonzo between Goriza and the sea. Rumors continue to reach London from many scattered sources of a great German offensive against the western front with Calais on the Eng lish channel, as the objective but actual reports from this war theater show no more than usual activity. G«neral Sir Ian Hamilton's report of the British landing at the Dardan elles has caused much comment in the British press which shows great pride in the achievement of the allied troops. This is not unmixed with criticism however, for the strategy which dic tated the campaign. Lord Northcliffe's newspapers are particularly strong in denunciation of the tactics which led to such fearful slaughter. The Times, describing the naval dash which pre ceded the land operations, says it was a naval Balaklava and denounces the whole operations, characterizing them as "unforgivable bungling." French Statement. Paris, July 7.—Official statement: "North of Arras the bombardment continued all last night. Two German (Continued on pag« 6) OFF FARMS MEET RELATIONS EXISTING BETWEEN FINANCE AND AGRICULTURE ARE DISCUSSED. Chicago, July 7.—Bankers of small oities, who play a prominent part in cooperating with farmers in develop ing agricultural districts, related plans of their work at the fourth annual banker-farmer conference today. The conference, which will last two days, is under the auspices of the agri cultural commission of the American Bankers' association of which B. F. Harris, president of the First National bank of Champaign, 111., is chairman. "How the American banker 1b trying to help agriculture and country life," and "Why the American banker is try ing to help agriculture and country life," were among the topics to be dis cussed. The conference was composed of representatives from the United States department of agriculture, colleges of agriculture, the farm press of the na tion, and several state agriculture as sociations. Delegations were present from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, In diana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mich igan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahomk, Penn sylvania, South Carolina, South Dako ta, Tennessee, Tfexas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Governors of states, presidents of universities and colleges, and men prominent in civic and social life were expected to participate in the two days proceedings. Papers to be delivered were present ed by representatives of Purdue uni versity, Universities of Illinois, Wis consin, Missouri, Ohio, Kansas state argricultural college, Michigan .state agricultural college, Manitoba state agricultural college of Winnipeg, Penn sylvania state college, Iowa state col lege, North Dakota experiment station. GERMANS SEVERE UPON TAX DODGER Frankenthal, Bavaria, July 7.—Jean Ganss. factory director, commercial councillor and former associate judge of the commercial court, has been fin ed $63,750 for making false returns in connection with the levying of the armament tax. The fine amounts to twenty times the sum of which the government contends its was de frauded. 1 4 ifo#* a.'at, X./ .••." .. (J ••.•. ,' .•? ..... -r- fj, '. •'., .v ttntnto War Summary The force of the Teutonic thrust In southern Poland seemB to hi^ve slackened for the time, at least, and there is less apparent anxiety on the side of the entente allies over the outcome of the campaign in this region. The latest official statements from Vienna, however, claim that the Austrian advance Is continuing in at least one section of the front south of Warsaw. Divergent claims come from Vienna and Rome as to the situa tion In the Austro-ltaltan front. Italian headquarters reports inflic tion of severe losses upon the Austrians in counter attacks on the Garnlc frontier, the repulse of attacks along the Tyrol-Trentino line and a determined assault upon the Italian position on Avostano peak. The most recent Austrian official statement declares the Italians haye been on the offensive and have ^oeen repulsed in attacks at sev eral points. Unofficial dispatches from Italy emphasize the violence of the fighting along the Austrian fron tier and declare the Italian troops are mak...^determined attempt to open the way to Tarvis, regard ed as the key to interior Austria. In the Caucasus the Russians report having checked a Turkish attempt at ah offensive west of Ahlavat. French destroyers have been operating on the Asia-Minor coast, sinking Turkish vessels and in flicting other damage. GREAT ANXIETY LACK OF DEFINITE WORD FROM MEXICO CITY HAS U. S. AU THORITIES WORRIED. Washington, D. C., July 7.—Increas ing anxiety was felt in official circles today over tfy situation in Mexico City from which lace no word had come of the result of the fighting said to have agan be! /h begun between the Car ranza and Zapata forces on the out skirts of that city. Meager official ad vices received here reported a renewal of the fighting, but gave no indications of how it was progressing. With reports at hand describing con ditions In the Mexican capital as "pltti ful" and rapidly growing worse on ac count of the shortage of food, officials today anxiously awaited the outcome of the latest fighting because of its possible effect on the safety of for eigners there. It was hoped that United StateB Consul General Shanklin and Charles J. O'Connor, in charge of American relief measures in Mexico City, would soon be able to arrange for the transportation of food supplies to al^ the famine stricken population of the capital. Mr. O'Connor, the Red Cross representative, reports that the relief problem is an immense one. mil PECIOITC ARRESTED Trainload of Montenegrins on Way to Sail For Home, Are Held by U. S. Officials. Portland, Ore., July 7. —A whole trainload of Montenegrins alleged re orults, en route from Globe, Arizona to Vancouver, B. C., was arrested here to day. The men were said to be on their way to join their colors In Europe. The train was under rush orders. Other than to say that they had no warrant for the arrest of the recruits and the agent accompanying them, the district attorney's office was non-com mittal with regard to what aotion might be taken. It was understood, however, that Instructions were expect ed at any moment. LIBERTY BELL IN Famed Relic of Revolutionary War Is Crossing State On Way to San Francisco. Davenport, July 7. —The Liberty Bell arrived in Moline at noon today, twenty minutes behind Its schedule and proceeded through Rock Island and Davenport making short stops at each place. What is estimated as the largest crowd, which ever gathered to gether here at one time, greeted the bell at Davenport. Lieutenant Governor W. L. Harding of Iowa and four members of the gov ernor's staff joined the Liberty Bell party at Davenport to escort the relic through Iowa. ASK APPROVAL OF WAR DEPARTMENT Washington, D. C., July 7.—Governor Dunne, of Illinois, and members of the Illinois waterway commission asked Secretary Garrison today for the war department's approval of the commis sion's plan to improve the Illinois river from Joliet to the Mississippi for which the state has appropriated $20,000,000. The plan has been in the hands of war department engineers only a few days and they have not had time to study it. The district engineer in Illinois, however, has approved it. #»1 s- $ German Effort to Prolong Diplomatic Exchanges Is Not Approved DEFINITE ANSWER IS DEMAND OF U. S. Situation Far From Being Hopeless, However, Say Those on Inside Washington, D. C., July 7.—Further messages from Ambassador Gerard were today transmitted to President Wilson at Cornish, N. H., outlining the point of view of the German govern ment on submarine warfare as em bodied in a tentative draft of the German reply to the last American note. The dispatches tended to show that Germany is anxious to bring about a compromise-on the question of her submarine campaign and there were indications in official quarters that the proposals in their present form are noi acceptable to the United States. Just what means will be adopted to in form Germany of the disapproval of the United States is not apparent. It is believed, however, that Ambassador Gerard will be instructed within a day or two to make clear in advance of the receipt of the formal final copy draft of the German note that he is unable to make any comment. Although from press dispatches and other sources it appeared that the Ger man proposals were unsatisfactory, the situation was not regarded in well in formed quarters as hopeless, much en couragement being drawn from the fact that a tentative draft of the note was submitted to the American am bassador. This, it was believed, in dicated that if the preliminary draft was npt satisfactory there might be changes made designed to meet the American point of view on submarine warfare. It was believed that President Wil son would tell Seoretary Lansing to instruct Ambassador Gerard respect ing the proposals already made. RUSSIANS REPORT GAIN IN CAUCASUS Petrograd, July 7. The following official statement was issued last night from the headquarters of the army of the Caucasus: "In the coast region there has been an artillery duel. A Russian motor boat sank a Turkish sailing vessel. "South of the Kara-Dagh region a Russian detachment encountered a regiriient of enemy infantry with artil lery, machine guns and two squadrons of cavalry. The enemy forces were de feated and heavy losses inflicted on them. "W^st of Ahlavat the Turks attempt ed an offensive but failed. "On the rest of the front there has been no change." BELGIANS GIVEN STRICT ORDERS Brussels, July 7 —An order has been issued by General von Bissing, German governor of Belgium, providing a year's imprisonment for scb'jol teach ers, directors or inspector' who "per mit, further, bring about affect anti German actions or staterc »nts in their teaching or in other school exercises.' Power is conferred on German offi cials to supervise and inspect schools at all times. Courtmartlal will have jurisdiction over violations of this or der. BANK ROBBERS IN PITCHED BATTLE Little Rock, Ark. July 7—Seven bank robbers early today engaged in an hour's pistol fight with more than 100 citizens of England, Lonoke coun ty, near here, drove their attacks into the main hotel of the town after fall ing to dynamite the safe of the bank of England and escaped in an automo bile with $200 in Bilver from the cashier's drawer after marching in close formation down the main street of the town and seriously wounding N. W. Whitlock, town marshal. JOLIET IS AUGMENTED. Joliet. 111., July 7.—At a special elec tion yesterday returns today showed Joliet voted by a large majority to annex about one square mile of ter ritory and take into the city nearly four thousand outside residents who had so petitioned. .Toilet's population is now estimated at 40,000. PIONEER DROPS DEAD. Iowa City, June 7.—John W. Temp lin, attorney at law, a pioneer lawyer and property owner of Iowa City, for years a resident of St. Paul, Neb., dropped dead in that city, according to a message to friends here. CHIEF A BOOTLEGGER? Wichita, Kas.. July 7.—O. K. Stew art, chief of police of this city, was arested today on a warrant issued by County Attorney McCormlck, charging TT, JurjMf IOWA— fair. Sun rlsea, 4:84: sets. 7:29. LOCAL TEMP.—6 p. m„ 80 8 a. m., 71 1* m.. 75 max.. 80 rain, 1.16 iv_ OTTUMWA, WAPELLO COUNTY, IOWA. THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1915 Holt, Before Dying, Admits Plot to Sink Steamers on Way to Europe DYNAMITE PLACED IN VESSELS' HOLDS Today Predicted as Time for One of Two Ships to Be Sent to the Bottom New York, July 7.—The Amer ican line received today a wireless message from the captain of the steamship Philadelphia saying that every thing aboard had been identi fied and that all was well. Boat Commissioner Woods an nounced that the Saxonia had been caught by wireless and advised to steer toward the Philadelphia. New York, July 7.—Three ships sailing from this port to Havre and reaching there last May, It was learned from an authoritative source today, were found to have unexpioded bombs aboard, the missiles having been placed on the ships in this city before sail ing. Glen Cove, N. Y., July 7.—Extraor dinary efforts were being made by wireless, it was reported here, to de termine whether a portion of the hundred pound shipment of dynamite sent Frank Holt at Niosset, L. I., was aboard the Cunard liner Saxonia which sailed from New York for Liv erpool July 3. It was reported that Holt, had writ ten his wife at Dallas, Texas, that the Saxonia would be .destroyed by an ex plosion today. In the letter alleged to have been written by Holt to his wife, it was said, Holt asserted that either the Saxohia or Philadelphia would be de stroyed by an explosion July 7. The Philadelphia sailed July 3 for Liver pool. Announcement that such a letter had been written was vtade by one of the men who called on Holt yester day and talked with him for some time. Warned by Wireless. Washington, D. C., July 7.—Wireless dispatches have been sprtf by the navy department to the liners Saxonia and Philadelphia, warning them of Frank Holt's assertion that they were in danger of internal explosions today. The navy acted after receiving a copy of Holt's letter to his wife from the authorities at Glen Cove. Plots Are Frequent. New York, July 7.—H. C. Hill, rep resentative of an American automo bile company that has made large shipments of military automobiles to the allies, arrived here today on the Espagne and said that a British ship, loaded here in May, with a cargo ol automobiles and grain for the French army, was found to have two bombs on board when she reached her desti nation. Mr. Hill refused to give the name of the ship saying that to do so might hamper an investigation now under way. "It has also been found," Mr. Hill said, "that attempts to destroy or make useless automobiles shipped to the allies are frequent. We are com pelled to keep at Havre a large force of mechanics to examine carefully each machine even before tested. On several occasions during the past few months there has been found emory dust in the cylinders which will soon make the car useless and in some in stances borings have been made in vital parts of the machinery.". DANVILLE HAVING .Danville, 111., July 7.—Under pres sure from the office of the attorney general, State's Attorney Lewman of Danville, today started injunction pro ceedings asking for a temperory re straining order to stop the illegal sale of liquor In Danville saloons. Action was forced by the attorney general when dry representatives placed the matter before him. State'B Attorney Lewman, brother of the mayor, refus ed to sign the information asking for a temperory injunction, and he' was given until today to sign it or. the at torney general declared he would sign the document. The state's attorney signed the petition today. Dram shops have been running, with the consent of the city authorities, since the first meeting of the new city council, which voted not to grant licenses. -'Kt A *V-j^ vwu New York, July 7. —Frank Holt, the man who shot J. P. Morgan, lay dead today in an undertaking establishment at Hempstead, L. I., and the New York police had his trunk, containing 134 half pound sticks of dynamite with which they believe he planned to wreck public buildings in New York and other oities. An autopsy early today established the fact that Holt committed suicide by leaping from the top of his cell door In the Mlneola, L. I., Jail while the keeper's back was turned last night. Walter R. Jones, the Mlneola cor oner, issued a statement after an autopsy had been performed by the prison physician. He said: "Holt came to his death by a com pound fracture of the skull and cere bral hemorrhage caused by a fall." Holt's suicide followed closely on the development of evidence tending to show that he was Erich Muenter, the former Harvard instructor who was accuBed of poisoning his wife In 190fi. This was the day set for Holt's preliminary arraignment on the charge of shooting Mr. Morgan. Investigation was in progress today to ascertain whether his suicide was due to any negligence of any Jail offi cial. The shipment to New York of Holt's trunk containing dynamite enough to destroy a city block was also the subject of Inquiry. Police officials inspected the cottage at Central Park, L. I., where Holt had srent two weeks conducting experiments In the manu facture of infernal machines and in target practice with a revolver. It was reported today that Holt had told a detective that he had put fifty pounds of dynamite on board a vessel which had since left New York. Wire less stations along the coast endeavor ed to reach steamers which had left here since June 29 to warn them of the possibility of an explosion.' Identified as Muenter. Chicago, July 7. —Positive identifica tion of Frank Holt, the assailant of J. P. Morgan, as Professor Brie Muenter, the missing Harvard professor, who Jerome O'Ryan, the keeper who was on guard at Holt'B cell when Holt committed suicide, had re covered his composure today suf ficiently to give a connected story concerning what happened. O'Ryan said that he had been em ployed by Sheriff Pettit to guard the prisoner on the stipulation that he watch him from 8 o'clock at night till 8 in the morning. Last night at the specified hour O'Ryan went to the entrance of Holt's cell: Holt seemed to be cheerful. "I had some food today and managed to retain it in my stom ach," O'Ryan says Holt told him. "I feel much better now but I must get some sleep. These detec tives have been coming in and asking me all kinds of questions and they have been bothering me day and night. I must get sleep. I have an important statement to make tomorrow and I must be able to convince people that what I say is true." O'Ryan said he told Holt to go ahead and sleep, and that Holt GOAL OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR AIM8 TO AUGMENT ITS RANKS AND TREASURY. Chicago, July 7. —"Get a million new members and 11,000,000 for missions," is the slogan of the Fifth World's and Twenty-seventh MORGAN'S ASSAILANT JUMPS TO HIS DEATH Crank Cheats Justice By Leaping From Top of His Cell Door to the Floor and Fracturing His Skull Had Bared Details of His Great Dynamite Plot Guard's Storg of Holt's Death International Christian Endeavor convention which opens here today. The call for millions was the subject of an address which was to have been read by the Rev. Francis E. Clark, president and founder of the society. He was unable to be present, however, because of illness. Delegates were urged to enroll a million new church members, a million signers to a petition and a million pledges to make the country a saloon less nation by 1920. Selections of the next convention city and election of officers was the chief business before the delegates to day. SHOOTS OFF POWDER. Galesburg, 111., July 7.—Leonard Knox, 13. of Elmwood found an old can full of powder today. He touched a match to the powder and the ex plosion blew out both his eyes and set his clothing afire. Three girl playmates probably saved the boy's life by tearing off hi* clothes. was alleged to have murdered his wife, was made today by Professor Chester N. Gould of the university of Chicago. Professor Gould, In a statement, ad mitted that he had Identified Muenter, who was a former pupil at the univer sity of Chicago, while at Cornell uni versity last November. He said he de cided for several reasons not to expoBe the man as "he seemed to be getting along so nicely and though it was get ter to let well enough alone." Professor Gould's statement, in part follows: "When I arrived at Cornell univer sity last November to engage in re search work, I was introduced to Dr. Frank Holt, but paid little attention to him at that time. He asked me how Cutting and Allen, two university of/ Chicago professors, were getting along. I told him and asked him if he knew them. He said he did not, but had heard of them. "Holt's carriage and speech had rath er stayed with me, and reminded me of some one but I couldn't remember who. My mental associations begun to work then, and I said, "I know who it/ Is. It is Muenter." "The next time I saw him he looked squarely at me and said "Hello Gould." His words had the attitude of a man stepping back into an old familiarity. He never avoided me, except on one occasion when I saw him with his wife# and family. "I had every opportunity to observe him and hear him speak German and English, and there can be no doubt that Frank Holt was Eric Muenter." Muenter Without Doubt. Glen Cove, N. H., July 7.—Frank Holt, who attempted to take the life of J. P. Morgan and who committed suicide last night in the Mlneola Jail was today identified as Erich Muenter, the Harvard Instructor, who disappear ed after being indicted as the murder er of his wife, Leona, in Cambridge, Mass., In 1906. The identification was made by 9. P. Smith, state detective of the district (Continued osi page 4) turned over on his side, with his back to O'Ryan and remained there for about an hour. At the end of that time O'Ryan heard a noise in the next corridor. He glanced at Holt and saw that he had changed his position so that he was facing the door, but appar ently Holt'was sleeping. O'Ryan then crept, he says, on his hands and knees down the corridor to check the disturbahce so that Holt might sleep. He looked into the oorrldor and found there was nothing there. As he was about to start back, O'Ryan said he heard a noise that sounded like a revolver shot "I ran back to the cell and said 'He's done it. Somebody slipped him a gun.' I looked into his cell and didn't see him. Then I thought that maybe he had been shot from the outside. I said to myself 'He might shoot me,' BO I drew my revolver and went into the cell, expecting him to jump at me. It was dark and I couldn't see him. I tripped and fell. When I looked down I saw that I had fallen over his body." EVELYN FAILS TO TIKE THE STAID WIFE OF HARRY K. THAW NOT TO APPEAR AGAINST SPOUSE AT SANITY TRIAL. New York, July 7.—Any probability that Mrs. Evelyn NeBbit Tha.w would be called as a witness against her hus band, Harry K. Thaw, in his sanity trial here seemed eliminated when the hearing was resumed today. Mrs. Thaw, who left New York yesterday without appearing in court in answer to a state subpoena, was believed to be back in camp at Chateaugay lake. It developed that while here Mrs. Thaw had a conference with Deputy Attorney General Frank K. Cook, who is in charge of the state's case against Thaw. Mrs. Thaw said afterward that Mr. Cook had decided that she had no new testimony of value to give. Mrs. Thaw while here obtained a cer tificate from Dr. Bernard Livingston to the effect that she was not In a physicial condition to stand the ordeal as a witness. SPIES ARE CONVICTED. Venice, Italy, July 7.—Captain Lieb sicher and Engineer Hoppe of the Ger man steamship Lemnos, under deten tion by the Italian authorities since the outbreak of the war, were today each condemned to ten years' impris onment in solitary confinement. They were convicted by a military tribunal, on the charge of spy in*. K—' r,': 1 .. 'f .M '3 NUMBER 130 NEW HOTEL CO. ., Directors Adopt Articles 1 WW i. of Incorporation at^| Meeting OPTIONS ARE BEING SECURED BY BOARD Wapello Club Will Discuss Optioning Its Grounds at Luncheon The articles of incoporation for Tl^e Ottumwa Hotel Co,, were adopted by the board of directors at a meeting held Tuesday and other matters cou» nected with the new hotel project were discussed. A representative fronifi Hoggson Brothers, a firm of buildeii| at'Chicago, was giveu a bearing by th«' directors. .v, "'J The options for the prospective sit« are being obtained by the directot and a number have thus far beeiL secured. The locations are not mad# public by the board as It intends to get options on a number of available sitei, (before taking action on any particular' location. The plan discussed and ten* tatively agreed,upon some time agtt was to give the tenant a chance to e* press his choice in the selection of th« site upon which the hotel will eventually built. v. The Wapello club at its stag lunch?: eon called for tonight at 7 o'clock will' have for its chief discussion the ques« tion of giving an option on its proper ty for the new hotel. The cards ail* nouncing the luncheon makes this a feature of the subjects to be discussed* An effort has been made to get an op»' tion on this site and whether it will b* successful or not will be determined this evening. A number of architects and builderf have either met or communicated with! the directors by letter within the past two weeks and several prospective' tenants have made inquiries about the proposed hotOl. The directors state that the easiest part of the new hotel project was the raising of the money' to finance it, but that the hard work will be the proper locating of the struc ture, getting the most competent arch* itects and builders and the leasing of the building to the best available ten»c ant to make the venture the success\ that it is hoped and expected to hav# it. SEVEN CONFESS COURT ROOM AT INDIANAPO'LIS IS CROWDED AS MEN ADMIT THEY ARE GUILTY. Indianapolis, Ind., July 7.—Seven o*( the 182 men who are facing charge'*' of election frauds In the registration,, primary and election of 1914, pleaded guilty when arraigned in criminal court here today. One hundred and] thirteen others, including Thomas' Taggart, democratic national commit-l teeman Thomas E. Bell, mayor of In an a is an S am el ,j chief of police, asked for a change of venue from Judge James A. Collins. Of the defendants some are in pris* on, some sick, one dead, others havai not been arrested and three were not ready for trial. The men who pleaded guilty ars Nelson Hughes, political worker Rob ert Board, political worker, employed on street commissioner's force Charles Gibbs, election official John W. Lee, election official Earl Clifford, political worker Edward O'Leary, po litical worker Bernard Ricklemt political worker. The latter was indicted on th« charge of entering into a conspiracy in Marlon county to go to Terrs Haute and vote illegally at the elec tion. Rlckleman, Lee, Board and Gibbs were released on their own recognis ance by Judge Collins until they ars called In for sentence. Clifford is serving a term in the work house and Hughes is in the county Jail. The court room was crowded with defend* ants, their friends and attorneys. Thomas Taggart sat in a rear row of seats with Dr. W. A. McConnell, one of the indicted. Mayor Bell had seat with his attorneys. Judge Collins told those who had asked for a change of venue that he would select five members from the Marion county bar,' from which list one would be chosen next Friday to_ try the cases. INGHAM IS SPEAKER. San Francisco, Cal., July 7.—"Ths press, its purpose and its policies," was the general subject for discussion at today's session of the international congress. Among the addresses was one by Harvey Ingham of Des Moines, Iowa, on "Tendencies in the World's Journalism." '4M •i ft*,'