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Women Cleaning Street Lights
Green Bay, Wis., Oct. 19. Green
Bay citizens were startled when
-' r'rs. Cecily Beaucourt, armed with
1 box of tools and cleaning rags,
'passed from corner to corner in the
downtown district cleaning arc
lights. She is one of five women do
ing this work here.
"It won't be long until women are
doing every sort of work that men
have been doing," said Mrs. Beau
court. "Every time I clean one of these
globes I pinch the kaiser on the
nose, and if it annoys him I would
just as. soon clean globes every day
: ol my life."
Two Killed in Sham Battle.
Camp Lee, Va., Oct. 19. Two
soldiers were killed and 13 others
seriously injured here today in an
.accidental explosion during a re
hearsal of an attack in a sham bat
tle. Free Lunches Restricted.
San Francisco, Oct. 19. Free
lunch counters maintained by sa
loons, hotel bars and other places
will be allowed to serve only wheat
less crackers, olives and pickles
hereafter, the federal food adminis
tration for California announced to
day. '
Contradicts Report.
New York, Oct. 19. Health Com
- u missioner Copeland tonight contra-
dieted health authorities in Wasn
't Jngton who estimated the number
of oases of influenza in New York
at 500,000 and fixed the number at
lees than 125,000.
Army Post Prints Paper.
"Indianapolis. Oct. 19. Fort Ben
jamin Harrison, near here, now has
a newspaper called The Harrisonite,
published from the army post print
"shop. Capt. Edward Maher is edi
.. tor-in-chief and Sergt. L. T. Swal
low managing editor. The Harri
sonite, tbe editors announce, will not
deal in politics, adding: "Our states-
men and president know what is
' needed at this vital hour. The watch-
t word of the army is Tame the Teuton.'"
Wheat Raise to Be Urged.
Washington,' Oct. 19. President
Wilson will be urged to fix a min
imum, price of ?2.46 a bushel for No.
I northern wheat or its equivalent
Chicago delivery, by representatives
oi theNational Wheat Growers' as-
'. sociation at a conference Monday
In a brief to be presented to the
president the growers declare an
advance in the present fixed price is
necessary because of the increased
',. nost of production. t
:,W'-i;?aj;s Homage, to LiUe. .
' ' Paris, Oct. , 19. The earl of
Derby, the British ambassador, in
the name of Gteat Britain, placed a
laurel wreath on the iille statue in
the Place de la Concorde, com
memorating the liberation of Lille
by the British troops. The wreath
was decorated with the colors of
France. and Great 'Britain and bore
the inscription: "Homage to the
valiant martyr city of Lillq'
$100,000 SUIT
ECHO OF OMAHA-
CIIADRON CASE
Former Mayor Fisher One of
Nine Defendants in Con-'
spiracy Case Alleges'
Damaged Reputation
Allen G. Fisher, attorney, and
former mayor of Chadron, Neb.,
filed in district courtSaturday aft
ernoon an action against John C.
Lynch, Edwin D. Crites and Newton
Rule for damages in the sum! of
$100,000, in connection with the
famous Omaha-Chadron case, which
began during May, 1917.
' Fisher was one of nine code
fendants .in the alleged conspiracy
case. He was held on preliminary
examination before County Judge
Slattery in Chadron and the case
against him-was nolled when called
for hearing in Alliance a year ago
this month.
The petitioner alleges that he has
been damaged in the sum asked for,
by reason of injury to his law bus
iness and reputation; that he was
brought into public scandal and dis
grace and that the defendants con
spired for the purpose of injuring
his good name and fame.
Lynch, one of the defendants in
this .case, was ousted as commis
lioner of Douglas county. He was
t prominent figure in the Omaha
Chadron case, his chief interest be
ing to break up the, Omaha Detec
tive association. v Crites, another de
fendant, was county attorney in
Chadron during the sensational' af
fair, and he filed the charges against
the nine men six from Omaha and
three Chadron men. Crites alleged
lhat there was a conspiracy to com
promise himself with Mrs. Robert
Hood, his client, in connection wilh
he domestic troubles w the Hood
jousehold. Fisher was attorney for
Hood, and in that .capacity he
recommended engaging operatives
" f the Omaha Detective association.
Bolsheviki in Caucasus
Surrounded by Cossacks
' Amsterdam, Oct 19. The Don
Cossacks volunteer army and other
detachments have surrounded the
, bolsherjk forces in the northern
Caucasus, says a dispatch from
tier, y . " . ;,
Lockwood "Flu" Victim. :
New York, Oct. 19-Haroli Locl-
wood, motion picture actor, died
from Spanish influenza at his home
ere today. Lockwood was featured
ki juvenile parts. He. was 29 years
The Omaha Sunday Bee
VOL. XLVIII NO. 19. ltt?.TVS?2n&S-lmll' OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 20, 1918. awJfaTO SS ! FIVE CENTS.
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GERMANY'S REPLY
DENIES WILSON'S.
CRUEL TY CHARGE
Proposes Investigation of "Atrocities"; Accepts U. S.
' Conditions With Exception of Continuing Sub
marine Warfare Until Peace Is Restored;
Official Note on Way.
NOTE LIKELY TO
BRING PARLEYING
TO GONCL
USION
Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 19. The answer of Ger
many to President Wilson's last note will probably be
published Sunday afternoon.
Amsterdam, Oct 19. The official text of President
Wilson's note to Germany has been received and an agree
ment has been reached in principle regarding the reply, the
Frankfort Gazette states. x
The foreign affairs committee, the newspaper adds, has
been made acquainted with the definite terms of the reply,
which, it is understood, will be handed to the Swiss minister
at Berlin Saturday afternoon or evening. V
Germania, according to a Berlin, telegram, says Ger
many's reply to President Wilson' will most strongly protest
against the accusation of cruelty and will suggest that it
would not be a bad idea to propose an investigation of those
cruelties.
X MC UEI1UAU ICIJ, Hit. utnaoifwij
adds, further will justify the L-boat
warfare as a reprisal against the
enemy's starvation blockade.
The German reply will give the
allies to understand that Germany
is not ready to bow to a peace that
will destroy her future, according to
the Cologne Gazette. ' Germany, the
newspaper says, is ready for a peace
of right, but not for a peace of
might, i I
May Recall U-Boats Conditionally.
The dispatch of Germany's note
has been delayed, owing to a differ
ence of opinion which occurred at
the eleventh hour, according to a
dispatch received here from Berlin.
It is said that Germany will make
a very conciliatory offer regarding
the suspension of submarine war
fare! ancl probably, will recall condi
tionally all submarines."
Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 19.
Germany's reply, to President Wil
son will be dispatched this evening,
according to information here to
day from a diplomatic source.
Although the German press is
prohibited from discussing the mat
ter, it is understood that Germany
accepts President Wilson's condi
tions generally, with one exception.
She declares that the submarine war
fare must continue until the war's
end.' She denies having inflicted
cruelties or carried out devastating
measures beyond the scope of mili
tary necessities.
Conditions Disquieting.
Washington, Oct. 19. Diplomatic
dispatches today, based on advices
from Berlin through Basel. Switz
erland, say Germany's response to
President Wilson s note was held up
at the last moment after a five-hour
session of the war binet Tues
day, with all the military leaders
present, and after semi-official news
papers had announced, that the re
ply would be sent immediately.
It was learned, the dispatches
declare, that the questions involved
were so serious and the conditions
in Germany so- disquieting that the
imperial government wished to take
further deliberations before a final
decision.
The Vorwaerts publishes an arti
cle which says at the factories in
Berlin the workmen openly assert
that a ministry headed by Haase
and Ledebour will shortly be formed
to represent the .working class and
be supported by the workmen's
committees.
Huns Have Hot Scrap.
London, Oct. 19. (British wire
less Service) Iiteresting particulars
now are" available concerning the re
cent happenings in Germany lead
ing up to the sending of the Ger
man reply to President Wilson's
questions. According to Essen Zei
tung, the decision to reply affirm
atively was taken at a dramatic
(Continued oa Pag Two, Column Two.)
Holland to Get Coal
For Stopping Export
. Of Food to" Germany
'The Hague, Oct 19. Announce
ment was made at the American le
gation here today that the United
States government had offered to
place at the immediate disposal of
the Dutch government 100,000 tons
of coal monthly ior the next 12
months or untiHhe end- of the war.
The coat is to be shipped in vessels
sent from Holland. The only cori
dition to this offer is that Holland
cease sending food to Germany. J
German Defense of Submarine
' Warfare Regarded as At
tempt to Continue Dip
lomatic Discussions.
i
Washington, Oct. i9. Beyond
press dispatches from Switzerland
saying the new German note would
be dispatched tonight, the State de
partment had no intimation what
ever of the time or the nature of the
German response to the president.
Officials heard without comment the
report that Germany would accept
President Wilson's conditions "gen
erally" with a reservation that sub
marine warfare must continue to the
end of the war.
About the State department this
was regarded as an indication that
the Berlin government, without don
ceding the surrender that it has
been told must precede an armistice,
would seek to continue diplomatic
discussions in the hope of eventually
weakening the t position of its en
emies and winning the earnestly de
sired negotiated peace.
It was reiterated that only a com
plete acceptance will satisfy the
UniteM States and the allies, and
that an effort by the Germans to
evade the issue would cause-the
president promptly to refuse to con
tinue the correspondence.
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BOND COMPANY
HOLDS SESSIONS
BUT CANT AGREE
"Heads" and "Tails" Still Dis
agree on Settlement of
Claims of Former Com
pany Employes.
Although a meeting of directors
of the Lion Bond and Casualty com
pany was. in almost continuous ses-
ision up- . midnight, frnday, and all
of Saturday forenoon, no settlement
was effected between tnTtompany
and its former employes, as far as
could be learned.
George Brown, former superin
tendent of agencies, was in confer
ence with the officers of the company
for several hours both days, but it
is alleged they refused to settle with
him and are in possession of a let
ter he wrote to former Vice Presi
dent Shaffer, when the latter was
manager of the Minneapolis office of
the company.
Shaffer, who affiliated with the
suborganization offormer employes,
known as the "The Lion's Tails,"
and who was summarily discharged
by the company, turned the letter
over to Vice President Luikhart.
Mr. Brown's Statement.
Before making a settlement with
Brown, the company is said to be
insisting that he give an affidavit
concerning some inside matters of
(Continued on Pass Two, Column Eight.)
Belgian Naval Coast Operations
RouseFire of Huge Guns Still There
Monster Hun Coast Weapons Thought Removed, Roar
Defiance at West Deep.
London, Oct. 19. The operations on theBelgian coast
are described in a thrilling narrative issued by the ad
miralty. There had come a rumor from up the coast that
the Germans had removed the heavy batteries with which
the coast was armed, but in the afternoon when a reconnais
sance was made to the head of West Deep, mile after mile
of big guns awoke. and blazed at the slowly crawling screen
of smoke in which the ships had massed themselves.
Shells of all calibers, from six to
11-inch, roared out from the coast
and plunged into or burst upon the
sea and spat leaping fountains of
water. Only dne burst was near
near enough a ship to drop frag
ments aboard it and between the
spouts the smoke-making, , motor
launches, each dragging a swelling
tail of vapor behind it, moved un
hurried, the .men leaning from the
rails with landing nets, scooping up
fish killed by the explosions.
In the evening it was the turn of
the coastal motor boats, the small
est of all. Their function was to
pay a visit to Zeebrugge, where the
old cross channel boat Brussels was
reported lying ana sink it where it
lay. The boats, working up to speed,
swung around in a curve that bad
the point ol the mole with the light
house and searchlight for its center
and drpve in towards the beach at
Hoyst. just east of Zeebrugge.
At 700 yards the bulk of the Brus
sels was visible, clear enough
against the mole in the moonlight,
with its two funnels standing against
a big store she'd. The airplanes had
ceased flare-cropping and were
bombing,- and to this accompaniment
the first torpedoes. were, fired. The
second torpedoes were then let go
at 400 yards and the boats, bearing
away seaward, - heard and saw the
bursts ofthree of them.
Independent observation by an
officer in the leading boat and by a
torpedo specialist in the last boat
agree that one torpedo hit the tar
get close to the stern. No boat
was hit and there were no casual
ties,, r -. " ., V -
Concealment of Cow
. Four,. Year 8 Supreme.
Feat of War at Lille
London, Oct. 19. The Daily
Mail's correspondent tells this in
cident about the deliverance of
Lille:
"What is said to be the 'supreme
feat of the war at Lille' was the
successful concealment of a cow
for four whole years. This cow
is now being decorated to meet
the British troops."
TECHNICALITY
MAY RESTRAIN
OMAHA CHARTER
Petition Filed to Prohibit Elec
tion Commissioner From
Submitting Charter to
the Voters.
LIBERTY LOAN
WILL PASS SIX
BILLION MARK
LAvalanche of Subscriptions
the Last Day Insures Suc
of Fourth "Sale of
War Bonds.
Omia's proposed new home rule
charter, for which plans have been
made to submit to the voters on No
vember 5 for approval or rejection,
will have to run the gamut of the
courts.
John Paul .Breen, attorney for
Marion O. Cunningham "and other
electors and freeholders," Saturday
afternoon filed in district court a pe
tition in equity, which, if sustained,
would have the effect of restraining
the election commissioner and the
city from submitting the proposed
charter next month.
The petition relates that a consti
tutional provision,,fequires that 30
days shall elapse between the time
of the advertisement of the char
ter in the official paper, and the date
of submission to the electors. Mr.
Breen explained that another alleged
irregularity is that the law requires
that the city charter convention
shall file 25 copies of the proposed
charter with the city clerk, while in
this instance only onecopy was filed.
He bases his chief objection, how
ever, on the interim of only 23 days
between last advertisement and
election day.
"Our law covering this mater was
written after the California law."
Mr. Breen stated. "In San Diego
a similar charter was held up by the
courts because 28 days would have
elapsed between date of last adver
tisement and election day, while
the legal requirement was 30 days."
The case probably will be heard
next Tuesday morning, as an early
decision is necessary on account of
the election wofk now being pre
pared by the election commissioner.
Leaves to Collect $2
And Gets 30 Days More
Thomas Dolan, laborer, who was
arrested Friday and sentenced to IS
Ways for drunkenness and disorderly
conduct, was put to work unloading
a car ai coal at the police station
Saturday morning. After working
a short time, he left without per
mission to call upon a former em
ployer who he said owed him $2.
He was picked up by officers again
during the day, and . this morning
drew 30 days more from Judge Mad
den. - .. .. , -
Thomas C. Byrne, State Liberty
loan chairman, announced at a
dinner given at the Omaha club
Saturday night for the local Lib
erty loan chairman, that the state
had gone over the top with $71,
000,000 to its credit. This is un
official, but is considered a mod
est estimate of the state's sub
scriptions. Nebraska's quota, in
round numbers, was $70,000,000.
Washington, Oct. 19. Over sub
scription of the fourth Liberty loan
semed assured tonight when the
three-weeks' campaign closed. While
official reports were lacking, it ap
peared that again the American peo
ple have given not only what 'was
asked, but more in order that the
war against Germany and her al
lies may be carried to a successful
conclusion.
Indications are that the number o
individual subscribers will far ex
ceed 20,000,000 and break all records
i for distribution of war bonds for
either this nation or any other. . I
How far the total will run above
the $6,000,000,000 goal officials would
not attempt to estimate. It all de
pends, they said, on whether big
financial interests at the last mo
ment file the big lump sum sub
scriptions expected" of rtiem, and
(Continued on Page Two, Column Five.)
PERSHING'S BOYS
HACK THEIR WAY
THROUGH ENEMY
American Troops Distinguish Themselves in Furious
Fighting in' Le Cateau Regions Where Germans
Had Orders to Hold Line at All Costs; Hun
Hordes Continue Flight
BULLETIN.
Paris, Oct. 19. The allied armies have reached
the Dutch frontier.
v By Associated Press.
With the American forces North
west of Rheims, Oct. J9. Perhaps
the most glorious page of American
military history in this- war has just
been . concluded in the Champagne
battle, in which two divisions of
United States troops the Second
and the 36th have done their in
adequately heralded part of forcing
back the German hordes facing the
famous city of Rheims.
The work of the Americans was
more notable because one of the
American divisions, the 36th, entered
the terrific battle at an important
point. Although new to fighting and
without having ever having heard
shell fire before,' the division with
stood the most bitter German counter-attacks
without flinching. The
efforts of the two units were so
noteworthy that they were praised
publicly in an order issued by Gen
eral Naul, in command of the 21st
French corps, with which the Ameri
cans were brigaded. The -general
said:
"On October 3 the Second Amer-
BULLETIN.
Wth the Allied Armies in France and Belgium, Oct. 19.
The bewildered and shattered German hordes all day long
have continued to give ground under the sustained pressure
by the British, French, Belgian and American troops. In
dications received at headquarters are that the German
army believes that it is being withdrawn entirely from
France and Belgium.'
Bruges was reported late this evening to have been
cleared of the enemy. The Belgians are pressing on beyond
the city, closing the neck of the bottle reaching to the North
sea, but the bulkaof the Germans undoubtedly have escaped
from the coast
S In the eeliter of the front toda?
the Germans were retreating so fast
that contact, if secured at all, wai
only between advanced patrols and
small groups of the enemy. On the
flanks, however, there has been hard
fighting.
In Belgium, the allies have been
engaged in severe encounters.
Nevertheless they have gained ad
ditional miles of ground. ' -
Americans in Furious Fighting.
In the area north and south of
Le Cateau furious fighting is re
ported and the Americans have
again distinguished themselves. By
dark last night they had penetrated
a depth of two miles; today ithey
made further progress against
strong opposition. The Germans
here had orders to hold the Jine at
all costs and the Americans and
British had literally to hacktheir
way through. .
The enemy divisions have been,
well whipped and from prisoners it
is learned tha. no reserves' are back
of them because retirement in this
section of the line is expected to
take place assoon as the other di
visions to thenorth get far enough
back. .
North of Le Cateau the British
have been engaged in equally hard,
fighting. Here also the Germans '
had to be riddled before they would
give ground, but posts now hav
been established by the allies east
of the Selle river and some ground
has been gained southeast of Neu
villy. London, Oct. 19. The British
and American forces in the region ot
Le Cateau have successfully con
tinued their advance, says Field
Marshal Haig in his communication
tonight. Southeast of Le Cateau
they have penetrated to the'high
ground west of Cantillon and also
have-reached the west bank of the
Sahibre and Oise canal.
The text of the communication
follows:
"This morning the British and
American forces operating in con
junction .with the French between
the Oise river and Le Cateau con
tinued their advance with success.
Our troops have reached the west
bank of the Sambre and Oise canal
noith of Oisy and gained possession
of the high ground west of Ca
tillon. "In the operations in the past
three days in this sector'the troops
of General Rawlinson's fourth army
have completed an advance of from
(Continued oa ro Two, Column Three.)
GERMANS CLOSE
FAN THAT THEY
0PENEDIN1914
Occasion Now Not So "Fresh
and Joyous" as Crown
Prince Dubbed It When
tfie War Began.
By Associated Press.
With the French Army in France,
Oct. 19. The German retreat so far
as the high command is able to con
trol it, is a movement inverse to
that of the invasion of 1914, when
German columns, pivoting on the
fortress of Metz and wheeling to
the left, came around through Bel
gium in a movement like that of an
opening fan.
The fan is closing this time and it
is hinging on a crowded pivot, while
the columns representing the ribs of
the fan, instead of pursuing the ad
versary, are being pursued, pushed,
hustled and harassed.
Consequently the regularity with
which the fan was opened at the
beginning" of the War and wTiich, ac
cording to the crown prince, was
"fresh and joyous," is absent in the
inverse movement.
Marshal Foch withholds from
Ludendorff the leisure to operate his
elastic retreat at will.
The enemy is able to select only
positions where resistance is vital
to the success ot-the retiring move
ment. '
These positions are for the mo
ment on the right wing in front of
Gcuraud and Pershing and in the
region , of the Sisson front of
Debeney.
American Soldiers Laufted
For Triumph in Champagne
ican division, having arrived dur
ing the night in the sector of the
21st army corps, attacked the forti
fied crest of Blanc Mont and cap
tured it in a few hours, despite ,the
desperate resistance of the enemy.
In the following clays it made an
extended advance on the slopes to
the north.
"The 36th division, a recent forma-J
1 . T
uon ano as yet incompletely or
ganized, was ordered into the line
on the night of October 6-7 to re
lieve, under conditions particularly
delicate, tru Second division and to
dislodge the enemy from the crests
north of St. Etienne and throw him
back to the Aisne. Although be
ing under fire for the first time, the.
young soldiers of General Smith,
rivalling in their combative spirit
and tenacity the old valiant regi
ments of General Lejuene, accom
plished all the tasks set for them.
"To all the generat commanding
the army corps is happy to address
the most cordial expression of his
recognition and his best -wishes for
future service, but the past is proof
of the futurje." ,
German Troops Reported -To
Be Leaving Brussels
Amesterdam, Oct. 19. Evacuation
of Brussels by the German troops
has already begun v according to a
statement made by M.' Heinrich, a
Belgian deputy, to a correspondent
at Rosendaal on the Dutch frontier.
The correspondent reports that
Heinrich himsel has already reJ
turned to Brussels.
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Teutons Take 15,000
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With the British Forces in
France, Oct. 19. (Havas) During
the last 15 days of their occupation
of Lille the Germans took awoar.
into captivity 15,000 ol , th
habitants f the city, -
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