Ready To Send War Relics To Nebraska
McMullen Will Be Asked by War Department to Arrange for
Many Seeking Trophies
From the World Herald Bureau, Washington, D. C., April 4.
>Governor Mcullen will be called upon within the next few
days to make arrangements for the shipment to some central point in the state
of German war trophies for which thousands of requests have been received by
the ordnance department, from American legion posts, cities and towns all over
Major H. S. Aurand, chief of field service supply section of
the ordnance department, is in charge of the distribution of the trophies. He will communicate with the governor within
the next week, he announced, stating in detail the amount and character of
relics available for distribution.
City officials, veteranís organizations and civic clubs will
e requested to make their applications direct to the governorís office. It has been announced the law enacted by
congress providing for distribution of the material contemplated the honoring
of applications from individual citizens as long as the supply lasts, large
numbers of German rifles, helmets and other small articles being available for
State Must Pay Freight
Major Aurand explained that the government is responsible
only for the cost of assembling the war trophies and employing labor to load
them on the cars at the point of shipment. The state will have to bear the freight costs and other expenses for
shipments received, until an arrangement is made by the state whereby the
expense is allocated to applicants for trophies.
Major Aurand said Nebraska was among the leading states,
according to population, in the number of applications received for trophies up
to the time congress took out the hands of the federal government the function
of making distribution and lodged it in the state authorities.
Secretary Weeks has already made an allotment of was
trophies to Nebraska, which will receive a pro rata share of the trophies
based, under the law, on the percentage of man power of the state enlisted in
the world war.
Variety of Weapons
Weapons which will be distributed range all the way from
small German firearms to 210 mm. trench mortars and 150 mm. howitzers. There are numerous 77 mm. pieces on hand,
some of which will be sent to Nebraska. The latter gun corresponds with the French ď75Ē and the American
The World Herald, Omaha
Wednesday, April 15, 1925