Wednesday, January 2, 1918

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Bridgeport Telegram, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1918, Bridgeport, Connecticut Largest Morning .Circulation in THE WEATHER Fair See Bottom First Column VOL. L1Y, XO. 7-1. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY .MORNING, JANUARY 2, 1918. EIGHTEEN CENTS. REOPEN TO-DAY; NEW ENGLAND Suspicions Blaze Hits Wipes Out Two Business Blocks, Does 000 Damage, Kills Three, Injures Score Enemy Aliens Arrested. Norfolk, Va.. Jan. ly two blocks in the heart of (Norfolk's business district in- cluding the Monticcllo hotel destroyed, three men were killed and a score more injured in a series of explo- sions and fires to-day both the police and naval au- thorities believe were incen- diary. The fire had been check- ed to-night, but still was burn- ing fiercely in the ruins. The loss is roughly estimated at inore than Three distinct explosions In as many buildings, one after the fire <pnce virtually had been brought (Continued on Three.) 2 More Hit by Cold, Sent to Hospitals Explosions at Philadelphia Navy and Powder Plant Kill 5, Hurt 7 Washington, Jan. men were killed and six severely burned at the. Philadelphia navy yard to-day by the explosion of a four-inch boiler tube. A navy depart- ment statement announcing the accident says the tube is believed to have been defective. -The two men killed at the Phila- negro firemen. They were resi- 1.- delphia navy yard were dents of Philadelphia. The six men injured reside here. The power house in which the explosion occurred was only slightly damaged. EXPLOSION A MYSTERY. Fairmont, W. Va., Jan. man was killed out- right, two others died later from injuries and still another is near death in a hospital, the result of a terrific ex- plosion to-day which destroyed the Corning Mill of the Monongahela Powder company's plant near here. The cause of the explosion has not been -determined. All the victims were residents of Fairmont. Add Another Reverse to Teutonic Arms to One Recently Inflicted By French Troops. Another reverse for the Tcu- allicd ionic i arms, following Chilling north winds and the zero -weather that combined yes- terday afternoon to make Bridge- port "one of the coldest spots in iN'ow England claimed two more victims as the day's toll of badly frost bitten individuals. Henry Cunningham, a visitor from )Jos- j rjvel- tcn, who gave his local address as A utcr street, had his right ear and badly frost bitten by the v. xly yesterday and was sent to lliflsido home. Patrick .Sulli- rrom Kali Itiver, Mass.. wiio ..vo his lota! address as ttroad i'l-cul. froze all the fingers of the hand and the two mid- lingers of Die right I i-.nd whilo cutting i'-c at liciirdjfk-y park yesterday after- noon. J-ioth men were treated by i through I-J. C. Pasuth at the Emergency hospital. Henry Cunningham was taken to the Emergency hospital yesterday by .several friends after he had complained to them that his right. cheek and ear felt numb and he could not hear what they were saying to him. At the Emergency hospital he told the physicians that he had been out walking yes- terday forenoon in the chilling north winds and when he returned he felt numb. After sitting beside a, warm fire for a time the fee-ling' off and he felt all right ex- cept that his ear and cheek were slowly turning purple and he could not hear with that car. Dr. Pasuth made an examination and j then treated him. lie was also I given a pass to the Hillside home. Patrick Gullivari told the doctors t at the Emergency hospital that he employed by the Nangatuek .Valley Ice company as an ir-e cut- ter and lie had to Bridge- port from Fall Riv- Yesterday afternoon he at lie went to -work as usual was cutting Ice for about three jtirs at Beards-ley park -when he .suddenly discovered that he could not use the fingers of 3iis left hand and the two middle I fingers of the right hand also fell numb. He stated that lie showed Qiis hands to the foreman of I'd Held i I: n e months al hard io.-s ol. two-thirds pay Moon r.iro, Henry iljwlu ol! iii s W. a lid I 'rival e New 1 laven ii month at hard of two-thirds pay. (Continued on TJago 10.) Hermit Escapes Blaze that Burned Treasures Fire invaded tho lonely dwelling house of "Italian .Toe" Gruck, in Wells' Hollow early yesterday aft- ernoon, and before the blaze could be extinguished tho home of Derby's well known recluse wjus burned to the ground. All of the furnishings of the humble dwell- ing, and many of Joe's cherished treasures were totally destroyed by the flames., which the old man was unable to extinguish at, the out- break of the bla-x.e. The hermit escaped injury. many years, "Italian a.s Gruck has Vie fin familiarly known to Derby citizens, hay lived the life ol! hermit in Wells' Hollow. Ho. came, to Derby many years ago, and tak- ing possession of a lonely a meaner living by doing what odd jolis he could find around the town. of .'Icie'ri history is known his fellow townsmen, ii: whom he has never confided. It. has been rumored at various times, that f.-iruck was al one time a pros- eitizen in his native land, Italy, but after suffering disheart- ening immigrated to America, to start ;ife anew. "Italian ,'loe" is now S-! years old. and his case is a most un- i'orluna.1o "one, inasmuch as all of his earthly possessions wero de- stroyed in the great disaster vhich overtook him at this late stage ol his citizens who arc iiiu-rrsted in tho old man's ease will provide for him until he car Ii id oC supporting himself (Continued OH 14) Police Take Seven in Gaming Raid are being ptineu and tax- ed to their utmost in the en deavors of politicians to hurr) the long promised shake-up in the Police department ant mystery shrouds the workings of the administration in its en- deavors to find a candidate for the position of president of the Police commission. It is a well known fact the pres- idency otr the commission lias-been offered to no lesa than three well linowii business and professional men who have all declined the of- fice on the plea that it would inter- fere with their business. The po- sition has been offered to one man and. the administration is marking time awaiting his reply. Just who is succeed John C. Stanley as head of the police com- mission is a mystery at this time but it is well known that the long predicted shake-up growing out of ihe 'Keystone club raid and "Baby Doll" exposures will come with a loud noiio within the next few weeks. January 1, I91S, has come and gono and in spite of the fact that it was loudly proclaimed far and near that the shake-up was to come before tho iirst of the year nothing has happened. Stanley Will Fight. When seen last evening Presi- dent. John C. Stanley told a report- er that no one had said anything to him about resigning as. presi- dent of the police commission and as far as he knew there was noth- ing to the entire affair. .If the matter is placed before him at some future date JMr. Stanley promisos to fight and it is expected that tho administration will ex- perience some trouble in forcing him to resign as head of the com- mission. While Mr. Stanley has proved a Ministers of City Not to Curtail Services to Save Coal Until Theatres and Saloons Make the First Move Liquor Dealers to Discuss Situation. 'When they close the saloons, the theatres, and the other houses of amusement in said Rev. E. A. Btirnes., president of the Bridgeport Pastors' associa- tion, "in order to help in the conservation of coal, the churches of the city will do their part in the movement." Governor Holcomb has asked all churches to curtail services to save coal. Churches to Unite. Rev. Mr. Burnes was approached by the Telegram last night, with regard to the suggestions made by tho Manufacturers' association, that tho churches organize union services, so as to s-avc coal sup- plies for the buildings not used. Ho reiterated, "You can say for mo that after the non-essential places of the city have been closed, to show their participation in the move to conserve coal, the church- es, the institutions that mold char- acter and promote usefulness, will unite and close to help the move- ment. "When they show a disposition to curtail the other things, then tho njiurches will a.c.t. But In the "meantime, the churches are still doing- work at the same old stands." The subject was not brought, up at the meeting of the Pastors' as- sociation, held Monday. "N'o offi- cial action has been taken with regard to cutting down the activi- ties of the religious institutions, but Rev. Mr. Burnes, as president, expressed the sentiments of the entire body. Liiquor Men to Meet. Although the saloonkeepers of the city have not been officially advised of the suggestions made at the Manufacturers' association committee meeting on Monday, re- garding the closing of the saloons for certain periods of the day, the Bridgeport. Liquor Dealers' asso- ciation will meet to-morrow after- noon, to try out the sentiment of the dealers on such suggestions as have been conveyed through the press. Thomas Flynn, president of the Liiquor Dealers' association, said, in an interview with a Telegram representative last night, saloonkeepers were perfectly Fuel Administrator Gives Authority to Commandeer Fuel to Keep Munitions Plants Suspension of Priority Orders Helps to Move Freight. Bridgeport factories, closed because lack of coal, will reopen to-day and have suf-t ficient fuel on hand to last from four days to a week. Authority to commandeer needed supplies make it reasonably certain that there will be no lengthy shutdown as The arrival of one barge load of coal and the probability that other barges will arrive during the week add to the optimistic ing. This, with the fact that coal trains are being rushed to New England and the ship- ping board is preparing to put on additional ships to carry coal to this section, makes the manufacturers feel easier, although, of course, their uncertainty will only be re- moved when adequate supplies are on hand. tho will- (Continued on Png'c Three.) Promise Sugar Supply Soon to Be Normal "Walking into a Greek restaurant it !S47 Main street, owned by George of 031 Main street, Sergeant Brown and Patrol- men Callan and Kraft raided the restaurant and arrested seven fre- quenters of the resort and booked them at Police headquarters last evening on a charge of frequenting gambling house. Tho proprie- tor of the resort was arrested and charged with keeping a. gambling house. The. police also con- fiscated in nickels and dimes that they found on a groen table in the rear room of the res- taurant. A. deck of playing cards with which tho mon were playing some Greek gambling game were also confiscated by the police. Tho police say that they have loiir, .su.spc'ftod this restaurant of being a. gambling house and last evening decided to raid the cstab- Isihmcnl. At abn-.-.t o'clock Ser- geant Brown and tho two patrol- men walked into llio restaurant and .say that they caught the seven frc ;uenters gambling. All were arrested with the proprietor and taken to headquarters in thu patrol wagon. Tlio.se arrested in I he raid in- cl-ided Nicholas Oaroga.s -I, 7 I'liion :M'iiia.i'e; Voter I'akas, of :Uni i-'oitth avenue; John IPopas, of -SI Cannon streel; Louis Kanis, 151 Stratford avenue; Hperos. I Mnanpnlis, of 521 Wa- ter i-ff't.; Tarrarkas K. Broonuiri, L'-l, ol' Mountain Grove street, and llaralamopos Hathanosis, 2U, of 70-1 Main slreet. The. seven t'ro- ijuartors; and the proprietor will lie arraigned in City court this forcnoOi.1 (Continued on J'ago .10.) Frozen Pipes Stop Opening of Schools Froxfii water pipes will be the cause of many Bridgeport school children enjoying a few extra duys-' vacation. Superintendent of Schools Samuel .1. Rlawson an- nouncsrt last night that the Junior tho Whitier, and the Ellas Ilowo schools would not open this morning, because of frozen pipea. Tho Staples .school will not open this morning, but will be ready for use by noon, and all pun'.ls of this school will be expected in oe pres- ent fur tho nt'tc.rnuon Kos.sion. The Junior High an.I Whitticr schools will open on Thursday, hut it is pxpeclcd that tho Klias Howe, school will not be ready by that time. All other schools in the city will open after the Christmas re- ce.ss to-day. The trouble with tho pipes has been experienced, not ui.sido the buildings, but in the pipes from tlu> street. The .situation in the schools, of tho oily is satisfactory. Thero a good supply of coal OP. hum! in all the schools, with the exception (if and hero a Miliii'iont supply is: available- In last for at least !wo weeks. New shipments an; ex- inmifdiaU ly. Tho. dealers of l.iriiigt.-.p'irt havu hr-cn more than fair with (he schools of tin1 city, and rfupci iiUi'iident s'-.l( that conditions at tin.: present time arc uuilc satisfactory. Washington, Jan. return to a normal sugar supply for the nation is not likely to be long de- ferred, the food administration an- nounced to-night in outlining plans under which an increased allot- ment of sugar will bo made to con- fectioners and manufacturers of non-essential food products con- taining sugar. The 50 per cent, allotment to which confectioners were limited tlii) sugar shortage became acute in October, will be increased to SO per' cent, when the supply tgain becomes normal, it was an- nounced, but continuance of this ratio will depend upon efforts of manufacturers to reduce the su- gar content of confectionery and soft drinks by substituting other sweetening materials. Through a misunderstanding food administration oflicials in New York last week announced re- finers already had been instructed to increase the allotment to con- fectioners to SO per cent and the full pre-war allowance would be made when conditions had return- ed to normal. It was explained to-night that the. maximum allot- ment'would be 80 per cent, ot nor- mal ami that all manufacturers -.vjtild be required to reduce the sugar content of their products as far as possible. "The "iO por e.nt. limit has worked but. little hardship on the manufacturers conl'oetionery and sweet said tins food adminisi rat ion's amuMincemiuit, "as they had on hand supplier su f- licient 'to keep their plants work- ai almost normal capacity for several months. 'It did, er, henelit. the sugar supply in gen- eral by 1ho possible, ac- cumulation of larger quantities Hum were necessary tor immediate 700 TONS ARRIVE I With the authority given bv the United States Fuel Ad- ministration to State Adminis- trator Thomas W. Russell to commandeer whatever emer- gency coal supplies are neces- sary for the munitions factories of Bridgeport, all factories who are faced with a shortage of coal were able to start as usu- al this morning, and the situa- tion in this city has been tem- porarily relieved. It is "believed that the govern- ment ofllcials have recognized and appreciated the situation with the many factories of this city occu- pied on government contracts, and prompt and regular action on a. supply of soft coal to Bridgeport is looked for. 700 Tons Arrive. The arrival in this city yesterday of a single barge of coal, rushed to its destination in spite of im- pediments of ice and cold, has relieved the most pressing needs for coal among the factories. The l 700 ton cargo of this single barge will go to the Locomobile factory, which was in tho most serious' plight for want of fuel, and all factories which shut down on Sat- urday or Monday because of a. coal shortage resume operations this morning. P3ach plant has a supply on hand sufficient to last a week. Carl F. Siemon, chaii man of the local fuel committee, who has been in almost constant communi- cation with State Administrator Russell on tho situation here, an- nounced last night that efforts wero being mado to rush other bargas to Bridgeport, and ho ex- pected a reinforcing- supply to- day. Two or throe barges are somewhere oil the sound, bound for this city, according to Mr. Sie- mon. Particular efforts will be made to clear the way of ice and other impediments for these ves- sels. Plants Reopen. The Locomobile Company of America, the American and Brit- ish Munitions company, the Bry- ant "Electric company, the Siem.on Hard Rubber corporation, the IT. O. C'anfiold Rubber company, and the Spring Perch company, the fac- tories which closed on Saturday and Monday because of the coal shortage, start as usual tlii.s morning. All have, coal enough on hand to last about R week. and each will continue, confident that the alarming situation will be reduced by the government au- thorities, to whom telegrams of appeal wore directed on Monday J. A. Kingman, of the Locomo- bile company in this city. said last night, in a statement fo Telegram, "The Locomobile tory opfii to-morrow. have a few days' supply or: hand. Tho situation is serious, but not immediately so." Than "Week's Supply. John C. Stanley, of the- Ameri- can and i-lritish company, an- nounced. "The Amerioan and T'.ritish company will open to-mor- row as usual. Wo havu less than a week's supply of eoal on hand, but we are hoping for immediate relief. The situation is still sorl- ous. have been getting our COAB TRAINS MOVE Jan. trains went forward to-day under new government orders based on the belief of Director General McAdoo that railroad congestion rather than actual shortage is responsible for the fuel famine in many districts. Upon receipt of reports that hundreds of loaded coal cars were stalled on sidings behind long string.1? of cars containing1 ship- ments of higher preferential ratingl than cc.'al, all existing priority or- ders for the entire country were suspended by Jlobert S. Lovett, priority director of the War. In- dustries Board, on recommenda- tion of the director general. -This' is expected to result in quicker. movement of the mass of cotigrested freight whose sluggishness haa been caused largely by a city of priority'orders. "Use Pasgcngvr Tubes. Director General McAdoo.spent a busy Now Year's day. He broke railway preccndents by ordering that tho Pennsylvania compajhy'a tunnel under the Hudson river, heretofore restricted to passeflgen trains, be used to hasten coal .sup- plies into tho heart of New Yorls city. The orders are to ber-fpl-; lowed, even if they interfere -wita passenger schedules. This action was considered .sig-" niMeant by railroad men not ;only. because of direct results but cause it indicated how determined the government is to use all fa- cilities to their utmost, of previous practices, to congestion and promote efficiency. Add Coul Ships. At the first conference of MeAdoo in the new year with. advisors and executives, it cided to put additional controlled by the shipping -board into service carrying coal from! Hampton Roads to New England.- The number of vessels -which cani be spared will.be morrow and they wiH bet immediately to the service. Hundreds of telegram pourir.g! into the railroad administration told of coal trains or individual cars apparently lost in yard fusion. Theso reports, which were submitted by .Inter- stato commerce commission 'fn- speetors, wero referred to railway executives with instructions., .to clear out the stalled freight as-fast as physically possible and to notlf" the administration the of thr-i inability to move ccf.fiain cjiKMitities of freight. Knrly action to divide the coun- try into operating districts, with a government supervisor over each, and possibly a federal agent for carh state. has lwn ur.uod strongly upon Director McAdoo ami he is to be cA'i- si'irri'.it, this policy. Many telegrams which have reachedjhim in the last few days are from sons or organizations pointment of certain men to posi- tions which may be available when the director general decides on the form and personnel of his perma- r.ent 1'resident It was learned to-night, win go oefore Congress Friday to present his recommen- dations ;ror legislation to make K-overnment operation fully effec- tivi.: and to provide for compciisa- Tho oral fao- (Continued oil Pqgc Three.) (Continued ou Page