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VOL. 10, NO. 88
French Confident They Can
Break Through Germans
When Time Comes.
Russian FMrm Oseotoetz Is Objec
tive—Heavy Battling In Bukowtna
Progresees—French Seaplane* Bom
bard Turkish Encampment.
Washington, April IS.—The of
•rial war office bulletin from Vi
enna, received by the Austro
Hungarian embassy hero, said the
Russian offensive In the Carpath
ians was brought to a standstill,
and that counter-attacks hud
broken the Russian line in sev
eral places.
London, April 13.—Mold Marshal
Sir John French's message to his
countrymen at home—"I know that
when the time comes for ns to make
our (KM move, we can break through
the Germans"'—anil the British eye
witness* statement yesterday that
there are plain signs of a "gradual
weakening of the German resistance,"
are accepted here as ah intimation
that the present- steady pressure on
the western front shortly will develop
Into events of a vaster scope.
Germans Renew Attack.
The German attack on the Russians
in the north near the Prussian fr.on-.
tier, has been resumed, another battle
is in .progress for the possession of
'the important Russian fortress, Osso
wets, and in Bukowina heavy fighting
is progressing.
Otjthe ty^Austi'iau at inui entrains
whtfch advanced againstthe Russians
sfii iiay. -rato^is wi&- to' tiave-toefta
blown lip, and the other-wa* "forced
to-,being damsg^,^^.
French Claim StaceeSs.
Paris,. April 13.—The French war
department's official statement given
out this afternoon says:
"Between the sea and the Aisne
there was nothing to report except a
tew artillery duels.
"To the east of Berry-au-Bac we
gained possession of the German
"In Argonne, there are minor oper
ations, and engagements of bomb and
grenade throwing between our own
and the enemy's trencher.
"Between the Meuse and the Mo
selle, our forces succeeded in gaining
several points in coming in contact
with the wire entanglements of the
enemy's defense."
Armored Trains Crushed.
Paris, April 13.—A fierce struggle
continues in Bukowina, according to
a dispatch to the Petit Parisien from
Bucharest. The Austrians are report
ed to have -dispatched two armored
trains against the Russians near Bo
jani yesterday. They were met by
terrific firing from the Russian artil
lery. One crawled back to Czerho
wits badly damaged, while the other
was blown up.
Turkish Encampment Attacked.
Paris, April 13.—The marine minis
ter}- issued the following:
"Yesterday a battleship, in connec
tion with the French seaplanes, bom
barded an important Turkish encamp
ment- in the neighborhood of Gaza."
This marks the development of hos
tilities in a new quarter. Gasa, south
ern Palestine, is near the Egyptian
frontier. The city lies two miles in
land from the Mediterranean and
forty-eight miles southwest of Jeru
War Blessing to Russians.
Petrograd, April IS.—The opinion
was expressed today by Pierre L. Bark,
Russian minister of finance, that eco
nomically considered the war has been
a blessing to the people of this coun
try. Discussing the financial and so
cial aspects of the conflict in an inter
view with the Associated Press. M.
Bark said:
"Notwithstanding the., depressing
and paralyzing effect of the war, the
Russian peasant class is more pros
perous than at any previous tim.e in
the history of the country. It is not
difficult to account for this unusual
prosperity. By virtue of the allowance
made by the government to the fam
ilies of soldiers,-" which exceeds the
earning power of the soldiers, the to.
tal Income Of these families is greater
than in times of peace. Thus, instead
of feeling any privation as the result
of thje absence of the men and the loss
of tl|eir services, the people are be
ginning to regard the war as a pe
culiar sort of Godsend which Is put
ting money into, their pockets."
Prohibition Great Help.
"What about vodka?" Was asked
of the. minister.
"It Is the prohibition of the sale of
vodka which Is primarily responsible
for the ameliorated condition of the
pSasrtnt," He responded. "The sieve
through whyich all the available earn
ings formerly disappeared has now
been: closed^ and the money is spent
for present, necessities or saved for
future wants.
"It is not necessary to Invent theo
ries to explain why the Russian peo
pli should be more prosperous for the
aqtual fftct, Is-that this prosperity is
everywhere noticeable. Before the war
the average yearly,'savings deposited
amounted to from S0.40M)09 to 40,
000.000 roubles ($15,000,000 to $80.
•00,000) while lnthe monthofJanu*
a|one About 60,000,000 roubles
O.fiOO.OOO) jyas deposited."
.•:_Oumani ltetRute
iiSf'What about thecrop*?' was the
tfj/ft/rdr tgl'-S'
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i.ii.r.i-H' -i .- rtfi'V,I'jriv.v-
Municipal Council, When Warned That Public Schools
Will Be Used for Mobilization, Decides to Hire
iation for the refussl of the British to ax*mi the same treatment to
the crews of German submarines as to other prisoners, is expected to
place additional labor on the shoulders of American diplomats.
Their good officrawill be requested in tlils connection. according
to a Router's dispatch from Berlin, which «ves the text of a protest
against Great Britain's course, handed to Ambassador Gerard with the
plea he take up the matter with the American embassy at London and
arrange a personal Investigation by members of the staff of the
American embassy here.
It concludes that, "further proceedings regarding British officers
who were placed provisionally under arrest depend upon the treat
ment of German prisoners."
Germany Not Talking Peace, Say
High Authorities Supplies to
Prolong Struggle Indefinitely
Rome, April 1*. (via Paris)—Information has been obtained from
the highest German sources here to the effect that there is absolutely
no basis for the report that peace negotiations, under certain conditions,
are being considered in Berlin. These reports. It said, are based upon
the Ignorance of'the actual conditions In the German empire. The as
sertion made in both Germany and Austria, particularly the former, Is
that they have within their borders supplies and everything necessarv
to prolong the war indefinitely.
Agreed Not to Violate U. S.
Neutrality, but Federal
Officers Watch Him.
New York, April 13.-—General Vic
torlano Huerta began' today-to attend
to the business which brought the
former President of Mexico to New
York, Which be described as '•person
al." Despite Huerta!s assurances on
landing yesterday that he will do
nothing here to violate -the. neutrallty
of the. TTnited St^t»s 4t. is rsported
today in MexicoN'cJrclee that an im
portant conference will be held im
mediately to determine whether the
time is ripe for Huerta to interfere
in Mexico to put down the factions
contending for the control of that
country. It is said,
that federal agents
are keeping close watch oh hi* move
Panama, April i* —General Luis
Mena, a former revoluttonary leader
in Nicaragua, but who .hM been in
San Jose, Costa ^llc*, for the last two
years. Is,said to h*ir« been setn recent
ly in Panama and it is believed he
now- Is on board the steamer San Jose
bound for Nicaragua. vBehtor1Velas
quel, thf Nlcaragufin charge dlaOalrea
expressed the belle? that General Me
na Is returning from Nicaragua In
tihis JliD«,:of takJU*.part in. ,ths rsvui
utionary movement, on tha wset coast
to Replace Men.
London, April 13.—Italian military authorities
have ordered army officers to place dull metal on their
uniforms and scabbards. This is described as a meas
ure usually adopted on the eve of war.
According to a Rome dispatch, after receiving a
warning from the minister of war that in course of mo
bilization, public schools will be used to house troops,
the municipal council met last night to discuss what
measures will be taken in such an emergency. It was.
decided'to have/the school sessions in hired buildings,
substituting women for male teachers, who will be
called to the colors.
It also was decided that as far as possible street
cars and other public utilities will be operated by wom
en provided the mobilization causes a shortage of male
employes in Rome.
Geneva, April 18.—German frontier officials still are detaining all
freight cars belonging to the Italian lines whose shipment back to
Italy was stopped last .week. Reports received" from German and Ital
ian. frontier towns say. the tension between ttie two countries is Increas
Aid of American Diplomats Is
With: Question
London April IS.—The reported German declaration that British
officers have been imprisoned in military
War Prisoners
barracks in retal­
shi, Bound for The Hague,
Floats new Gonfalon.
New York,' Aprtl i,j.—A huge peace
flag floated from the. masthead or the
Holland-American line, steamship
Nooi-dam-today as. forty, or more dele
gates from' America- wept aboard to
sail for Rotterdam. to attend the in
ternational women's conference at The
Hague. The flag wjfts. a snow white
pennant, bearing the wbrd "Peace" In
blue letters. ^lane Addams of Chi
cago led the delegatioit'
German EnbiujrWants
Permission to Httye Cruis-
.'er Made. Se|^rthy.^
tNWr tr»^»mttt^ tte
criUjpft Kron PrtM.WuSwiii. fr,
m^rtqn to. have hi^ yiMlkei examihsM
and see what repkira »^i»(»fc«ma.n to
h^.gy yorlh^ij^isg. pjjrnOasipn
V'jKi —-C
William ItocKhtll .Nelson was foun
der, owner arid editor of the Kansas
City Star.. Although he did not enter
the newspaper business until he was
nearly 40 years old, he brought to it
such originality, ability and energy
that he built up one of the greatest
newspapers df the country.
Mr. Nelson waa born in Fort Wayne,
Ind., March 7, 1£41. He came of two
centuries of American ancestors. His
maternal grandfather, William Rock
hill, settled in Indiana when that state
was a wilderness in 1819, and was the
first farmer in America to plant a
thousand acres of corn. His father,
Isaac DeGrolt Nelson, was identified
with the upbuilding of the state and
took an active hs!nd in its political life.
William Rockhlll Nelson was edu
cated at Notre Dame university. After
a short experience as a youngster in
cotton growing- in Georgia just after
the war, he returned to Indiana and
became a genemlfrfcontractor. He en
gaged in the building of roads, pave
ments and bridges, and was associat
ed In a contract for the construction
of the. -Southern Illinois state peni
Intense admiration for the reform
work of Samuel J, Tilden brought him
into contact with that great democrat
and when only, 34..years old he became
Tilden'Sv Indiati^ campaign manager.
His interest, fftvnoHtical leadership
made him tUnit'l^e^sBaper work"»a
ihi*, in- M*
mass. He bougJHf'^interest In the
Fort Wayne^'fifentittet ajtd a business
reverse determined'-hjm to devote all
his time to journalism.
Some Women Become Hys
terical, but soon are Quieted
—Many Return to Berths.
Steamer Oanfa Answered Wireless
Calls for Help—Returns to Kobe
Today With Number of Those Taken
Off Grounded Boat.
Kobe, April 13.—There was no panic
.aboard the steamship Minnesota when
Bhe ran on a rock off Iwajlma at the
entrance of the Inland Sea of Japan
Sunday night, according to passengers
brought here by the steamer Oanfa.
The night was calm, but the weath
er was thick and foggy, when a grating
sound was felt at 8:40 in the evening.
It was found that the veasel was
grounded three miles out of her
Some women became hysterical but
.excellent order was maintained and
many passengers even .returned to
their berths upon assurances of the of
ficers that there was no-danger.
The Oanfa, which the Minnesota
previously passed arrived about 10
o'clock -in the morning to render aid
in response to distress signals-
Fifty steerage passengers are still
aboard the Minnesota -with a veasel
standing by to give any assistance
Madison. "Wis., AprU 13.—The Wis
consin corrupt practices act today
was held constitutional by the su
preme court.
1 London, April 13.—The fatol explo
sions at Lerwick, Shetland Islands,
yesterday, were the pferalt of a fire.
Considerable property' was wrecked
and Ave persons were killed.
New York,. Aprli is.—-Another
spectacular rise In Bethlehem steel,
which sold up to ?1.3f "1-2 in the first
jkiotp of business, gairi|rt fifteen points
over, yesterday's -close,, was the all
absorbing feature of! today's early
stock market.
vTol^o.April 1S.
ln a coal mine near
suited in the loss of
ing to Information
William $odchill. Nelson
Succumbs After Brief
Was Founder, Owner and Editor of
Paper—Built I'p, One of Greatest
Journals In Countri ——Funeral Ar
rangemeats Being Made by Fsmlly.
Kansas City," Mo., April IS.—The
funeral arrangements for William
Rockhlll Nelson, editor of the Star
who died this rp^rning, are being com
pleted by the. faintly. Nelson has been
unconscious since Thursday last.
Death was due tb uraemic poisoning.
Nelson's last cdi&ference with his as
sociates occqrrel in his bedroom the
day before 'he became unconscious. It
pertained to thA necessity of keeping
up the fight for honest elections.
I accident
monoeekl rer
l!i*es, Aocord
•4 her*.
North JMkota:
tonigtit -Wednesday
*-t{ 1
On Morning of Crime, Unearthed in Unusual Manner,
Thomas Rod Was at Home Several Miles From Scene of
Killing—Telephone Message Saved Him From Arrest.
(Herald Special Service.)
Cando, N. D., April 13.—Because
John Scott's horses were wont to stray
Into the J. Wagner pastures near
Hanaboro, Thomau Rod has been
freed of any blame in connection with
the murder of Scott, now charged to
Clarence Orton.
On the morning of December 1, at
which time the shooting of Scott on
the Orton farm took place, Wagner
inquired of Orton's father, a stage
driver, as to the whereabouts of Scott.
The elder Orton replied that he had
left Scott at the farm with hie son.
A telephone message to the Orton
farm brought the Information that
Scott had left there and had gone to
Rod's farni, three miles distant.
At 9 o'clock that morning, Wagner
called the Rod farm by telephone,
and talked with Rod. Scott had not
srrived there, nor did he reach the
Rod place during the day.
Rod is Cleared.
The fact that Rod was at his home
at about the hour that it has been
definitely established that Scott was
murdered, has so far cleared Rod of
any connection with the murder, de
spite the alleged confession of young
Orton, who maintains Rod shot Scott
—and that Rod obtained $418 in cash
carried by Scott at the time, he, Or
ton, taking over the personal property,
such as horses, cows, etc.
Details of the crime as elicited by
the officials from young Orton, but not
accepted as true by the coroner's Jury
which investigated, so far as Rod's
connection with the case is concerned,
indicate that .Scott was shot between
8 and 9 o'clock on the morning of De
cember 1. The shooting, Orton says,
took place directly in front of the barn
on his place, Ave bullets being fli-ed.
-4 •.
Formerly Attended Aaker's
Business College in
Grand Forks.
She Refused to Accompany Him Home
From Party, After Which Shooting
Occurred—She Has Fighting Cluutce
to Recover.
(Herald Special Service.)
Hatton, N. D., April 13.—Elmer
Lommen, the 19-year-old resident of
Hatton, N, D„ who Sunday night at
tempted to murder Miss Grace Erick
son, atged 18, with whom he was en
amored, died last night in the North
wood hospital from a self-inflicted
Miss Erick son, who was shot by
Lommen as she left the home of Erick
Smedstad, near here, Sunday night. Is
in the hospital at Northwood in a pre
carious condition. She has a fighting
chance to recover, the attending phy
sician said today.
Student In Grand Forks.
Lommen, who, it is believed, shot
the girl In a fit of jealous rage, was a
student at Aaker's business college
in Grand Forks about two years pgo.
He resided there for a number of
months, living in the dormitory at the
college. He- was a very popular stu
dent, but. according to classmates,
was of a jealous disposition and quick
Lommen's body was shipped today
from Nbrthwoad to Hatton, where the
funeral be held. He is the adopt
ed aoii of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lom
men of tlils oltjr.
The fadt that the bullet, which Lom
men fired at Miss Erlckson, struck a
rib and was deflected probably saved
the young woman from Immediate
death. Th» bullet is lodged some
where-near the heart
Refused Iffssru's Attenrtoas.1^'
The attempted murder occurred at
the home ot 'JBrick Smedstad, four
miles northeasts of Hatton. The girl's
refusal to aocspt Lommen's atten
tions is glvwn as the direct cause of
the crime. Lommen, it is said, asked
Mis* Brlckson to accompany him
hom» after a party at the Smedstad
home, she refused. Alter which Lom
men went outslde to wait for her.
The.'shooting occurred just -after
Miss- jBriclrson' stepped through' the.
«oer of. the houss., ft ,wa« a dark
Orton then maintains the body was
placed on a stone boat and hauled to
a manure pile about 60 rods distant,
where it was burled.
No Suspicion at First.
Events just previous to Scott's dis
appearance were such that no suspic
ions were aroused when Scott drop
ped out
sight. He had lost his farm
through mortgage foreclosure—his
wife and flve children had been sent
to the state institute for the feeble
minded at Grafton, another child be
ing adopted by a family in the south
ern part of the state. Scott had indi
cated his intentions of leaving, and
the night previous to his murder had
said goodbye to numerous friends.
Letters within the last few weeks
from a brother in eastern Ontario, to
whose homs .Scott had said he was
going, and from his wife in the feble
minded institute, aroused the suspic
ions of neighbors.
Confessed Sunday.
Officials commenced their investiga
tions last Thursday, and Orton's con
fession was obtained Sunday by Sher
iff Taylor.
Orton is now held to the district
court for murder in the first degree,
no ball being granted him.
Officials place no credence in his
story that Rod was connected with
the crime, and are not taking any
proceedings against him.
Young Orton lives with his aged
father and his brother of 16 years.
Neither of them were at the Orton
farm the morning of the murder, Or
ton and Scott being alone.
When his father returned, Orton
announced Scott had departed and
had executed a biil of sale in favor
of himself to cover the transfer of
the horses, cows and machinery.
night.. and she was unable to see
Lommen. In fact, she did not sup
pose he was near, and Lommen fired
without warning.
Turned Gun on Self.
Immediately after shooting Miss
Erlckson, Lommen turned the gun
upon himself, aiming at his heart. Th6
'bullet struck near the heart.
Both young people were rushed to
the hospital at Northwood, where
they were given every attention.
Miss Erlckson is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Erlckson, prom
inent residents of Hatton.
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Three Drowned in Chequa
magon Bay in Sight of the
Shore—Rescuers at Work
Bayfield, Wis., April 13.—Three men
were drowned and two others narrow
ly escaped death in the waters of
Chequamagon Bay within eight of
shore about dark last night, when the
United States mail boat, running be
tween this city and LaPointe, was
crushed by the ice fioes.
The dead are: Clarence Wright,
Charles Russell and Nels Clzen, Sr.,
all of whom lived at LaPointe. All
three are survived by large families.
Their wives and children were among
the crowd that stood helpless along
the shore while rescuers risked their
own Uves.
Springfield, 111., April 13.—Gover
nor Dunne, members of the legislature,
state officials and the justices of the
state supreme court, will attend a me
morial. meeting In this city Wednesday
night, the anniversary of the assassin
ation of President Lincoln.
The meeting Will be held just fifty
years to the minute from the time
Abraham Lincoln was shot while
watching a theatrical performance in
the Ford' theater tit" Washington.
Chicago, April l*.—Saloon keepers
who leased their fixtures from the
bankrupt Tosettl Brewing company
and who were closed Sunday by order
Landls found relief
of Federal Ju
in sight when
the brewing~co
tlxtures at private
to MlFthe
The owners of the iloea*se t)y pur
chasing the fixtures outright from th*
brewers will remove themselves from
the jurisdiction of the reeelver, 4t la
Judge Landls enforced
!G?i§J WM
Fanned by High Wind, AR
most Half of the Main
District Goes Up.
Special Train Carried Men and Ap­
paratus From Harvey, While Drake
Sent Numerous Volunteers to tha
Scene by Automobile,
(Herald Special Service.)
Minot, N. D., April 13.—Nearly
$100,000 loss was sustained in a lira
which wiped out over half the busi
ness district of Anamoose, McHenry
county, this morning, the fire com
mencing at 12:30 o'clock by the ex
plosion of a lamp in a physician's of
fice, and making a clean sweep of one
side of the main street of the town.-
The destroyed places follow:
Arride Mercantile company.
Anamoose Mercantile company.
Meat market.
R. E. Lix drug store.
Anamoose Telephone company: ex*
Opera house.
McHenry County State bank. W
Office of Dr. Erenselz.
Office of Attorney Funke.
In addition to this list, it is believed
that several other structures were
burned, but it is impossible to get into
communication with the city.
A special train carried fire fighting
apparatus from Harvey, while auto-'
mobiles carried numerous volunteer
fire fighters from Drake and other
.nearby towns.
The flre. burned, for about three
Woursrwlveh by Klgh win*, and
vSPlth the Inadequate facilities that
were* available for' combating with
such a conflagration, the town was
badly handicapped.
All telephone communication with
the stricken city is cut off today be
cause of the destruction of the tele
phene exchange.
London, April 13.—The school for
training officers established by the
British general staff, is located, close
to the general headquarters in France,
and now has more than a hundred stu
dents, all picked from the ranks. The
course occupies a month and combines
theory with practice, although special
emphasis is naturally placed on the
practical side.
The school occupied a comfortable
old mansion. A group of barns and
sheds have been fitted up as dormi
tories. In the court yard Is a great
sand bank, where the students con
struct model trenches, and apply the
theory of the text book to practice.
There are several class rooms
equipped with black boards on which
the instructors fight over again some
of the early battles of the war. There
are courses in mathematics. In hy
giene, and in other branches necessary
for the equipment of a young officer.
Not all the students prove to be of
suitable material for commissioned
rank. Part of the business of the
school Is to test the students as to their
mental and moral capabilities for as
suming rank as an officer in the field.
Every week the student goes back to
the trenches for twenty-four hours in
company with an instructor, to observe
and apply what he has been taught
during tbe six days at the school.
Washington, April 13.—Mrs. Mad
eline Edison Sloan, only daughter of
the inventor, Thomas A. Edison, has
acecepted Secretary Daniel's invitation
to act as sponsor for the submarine
L-8, now building at the Portsmouth,
N. H.„ navy yard, and which will be
the first submarine equipped with the
new Edison battery. The launching
will not take place for several months.
Shells Fired but no Great
Damage Done in Trenches
—Used only one Cannon.
Brownsville, Texas. April l$.~*hir
bombardment of Matamoros trenches
by the Villa army besieging Mata
moros began today. Only one cannon
appeared in action. Tne villa gunners
got the range after a few minutes SJid.
dropped two shots within a few yards
of the trenches on the west sids ot
Matamoros. The shells kicked
dirt but did no apparent damage. Bf-
fore range-was obtained, fotir 'sheHS
burst over Matamoros and one of them
above the French theater neir. (ft*:.
^Amwjtean consulate.'
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