Bridgeport Telegram, January 8, 1918

Bridgeport Telegram

January 08, 1918

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Bridgeport Telegram, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1918, Bridgeport, Connecticut Largest Morning .Circulation n THE WEATHER Snow Colder See Bottom First Column VOL. LIV. NO. 79. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., TUESDAY .MORNING, JANUARY 8, 1918. EIGHTEEN CENTS. las Only Increased Profit of Many Coal Operators in Middle West He Tells Senate Investigating Committee. Washington, Jan. t many coal operators in the iJiddle were materially icreased by coal prices fixed by the government, the Senate Investigating committee 'was fold to-day by Clifford Thorne. jnd David L. Wing, an ex- tminer of the Federal trade commission. iluch of the shortage of coaJ (low experienced over the country vas attributed by Thorne to cxccs- fcive shipments to the northwest, "temptation of operators to nold back for' higher prices." in- treased consumption, interfernce I'ith distribution through natural bhannels and an inadequate OFFERS 2 MILLION RIPE BANANAS TO MARYLAND POOR Huston. Jan. mil- lion ripe bananas were ofl't-red the United Fruit company lo-ni.U'ht to food admiiits- lion oT Maryland i'or distri- bution umoiii? the poor. A telegram from the odico of the company here to Her- bert Floorer, national fowl ad- ministrator said that the stramsliip Yika lisul arrived at with 18.000 bum-lies of the fruit which, owinji1 to the fact that the! ,was held up a week by ice in Chesapeake bay. had become unsaleable thrtiiifih regular channels. The company add- ed that it was against its policy 4'i destroy bananas lit for food and requested that >Ir. Hoover notify the Maryland food ad- ministrator in order that prompt steps could be taken to distribute the fruit to tlie best advantage. Relief Plan. Relief, the -witness said Drought about only car can be through two emocrats Join with Russians in De- mand for Freedom for People Repudiate AH Intentions of Conquest People to De- termine Issue. The German Social Demo- cratic party has strongly against (Continued 011 Page 18.) 'hink From British Recruiting Officer Tells Large Audience World Expects America Will Not Men Volunteer. '''There is only one in which this war may be lost and that is the failure, of the peo- ple of the United States to realize the size of the de- clared Colonel F. C. Jamicson, during the course of his talk at the British recruiting mis- Detectives investigating the sup- sed robbery ami assault of icholas of SOU Pul- ium street, who sustained a double racture of the base of the skull unday morning and was _fpund m j which was Held Jast night at Colonial hall on Fairfield avenue. Tliis was only one of many the yard of a house at 574 Put- Inam'street in an unconscious con- Jitioii Sunday morning, stated last evening that it :a their theory that lis iinunekewk-z: had fallen from a railing and fractured his and that he had not been as- ed by highwaymen as the po- lice believed last Sunday evening. Detective Simon has been :is- gned to investigate the and stated last evening thtit he had ted the report of Stefan i the roommate of the in- Ijurecl man, and had found that he Kid heard two men talking at the of PiUnam and Hallefl iBtreets Sunday morning but the de- Itective believes that the man they Iv.-ere talking of is not Zimtnekeficx las Dolcsky heard them say that he Ihud run away after he had been [robbed and the police believe that man now at the Bridgeport Jhospital would never have been lable to run with a double fracture the skull. Tracks have been found leading toward the back door of the house lat Putnam street the po'.iee sny (that Zimtnekoiic-z wandered up [back steps r.nci then fell over [piazza railing to the ground [fractured his skull. WKATHKK KKPORT. -Forecast: Eastern New York Local snows and colder Tuesday; Wednesday fair. Southern New Kngland: or snow Tuesday, colder west portion and by night in east portion; Wed- nesday fair, colder. The" southwest disturbance of the last three days now extends from southern New Kngland to Ontario with a center of disturb- ance at either end. During the last 24 hours it has been attended by general snows and rains the "upper valley east- ward and is foiio-.vvd by rapidly rising pressure and considerable fall in temperature as fir .'is the Mississippi valley, the tail in temperature extending throughout the .south Atlantic and east Gulf states, with .frost Monday mornirg to the and west Gulf coasts. There will snow ly from the lake region eastward ana generally fair weather '.i Wednesday -.'-.ere will be ;il snows i-i the tipper lake rej-'.on. was straight-fro in-i he-shoulder truths which were told to the pop- ple who attended last night's rally, by Colonel Jamicson and Lieuten- ant H. B. Pcpler, M. C. As the re- sult of the rally, which was one of the most enthusiastic gatherings that has been hold in Bridgeport for some time, IS patriotic young Knglsshmen stepped forward and joined the colors. Many more are t-xpectod to offer their services be- fore the end of the week. On the- Platform. On the speakers' platform last night were .Mayor Clifford 13. Wil- son. C'. Li. Gaylord, G. K. Crawford, X. Mini-head. Rev. C. F. Sherman, Rfcv. Alexander Alison, O. H. Wood. C. H., James Roy. K. .Tapp, Lieutenant Colonel F. C. Jamicson, Lieutenant H. B. I'epler, M. C., and Henry E. Ma- randez. Tho opening number on the the i evening's program was the singing the of "The Star Spangled Banner" by the entire audience. Kov. Alexander Alison of the First Presbyterian church offered a short prayer, and Mayor Clifford j B. Wilson then took the floor. The mayor stated that lie con- come out ___ the German annexation as set forth at the Brest-Litovsk confer- ence and in a resolution has declared a lasting- peace only- possible if the democratic principle of self determination is honestly carried out. The resolution adds that the party is resolved resolutely to com- bat the misuse of the right of self determination for the pur- pose of disguising annexations, Attack Government. Philip Schcidermaiin, majority Socialist leader, and Dr. Haase, minority leader, both made speeches of protest in the main committee of the Reichstag on Saturday. "We Social Herr Scheidermann declared, "repudiate all intentions of conquest and stand by the unrestricted right of self- determination of peoples. Aye must have absolute clearness on these subjects. The chancellor's declai-ations are inadequate." Dr. Haase said: "The Reichstag must without ambiguity interpret the principle of self-determination, of all peo- an .early peace is impossible." According to one repoi.t reach- ing here to-day'the Independent SoVialists {minority party) have sent a message to the Bolshcviki foreign minister, Leon Trotzky, ad- vising him not to the Ger- man terms and to avoid a separate peace. Battle Coming. Although infantry operations in the major war theaters are of a minor character, signs are not wanting that big battles are in the process of making in Flanders, Franco and Italy. At various points in these three war zones in- tensive artillery duels are going on day and night. They are particu- Sugar Shortage Puts Country Practically on a War Basis Washington, Jan. 8 (Special) Sugar shortage throughout the United States has accomplished just what keen food conservators have hoped it would with one stroke in cutting down the consumption of flour, eggs, milk, fats and other things in the making of cakes, pies, ice cream and custards. There are those.who suspect the govern- ment forced this sugar condition in order to place the country practically on a war basis without such a declara- tion and that the sugar shortage has accomplished this condition will go unchallenged. The shortage of sugar has reduced the number of pies made in the numerous households in the country. This has saved flour, fats and other materials for without sugar the people eliminated pie as a dessert from the regular bill of fare. Cake, too, came in for its cut and beside flour and fats, milk and eggs as well as frostings were saved when cake was taken off the menu. Custards vanished and this saved milk and eggs, while in ice cream, milk and cream were saved when the quantity was reduced owing to the shortage of sugar. Among experts on food subjects it was known that the American people were eating more sweets than was necessary and this idea it is stated gave the conservation men the idea of paring down the sugar supply in order that the more essential things would be reduced'corres- pondingly. Owing to the reduced number of pies and cakes made in the various households flour, sugar and fats have been saved and it has been a tremendous saving throughout the country. _________________ Primrose MUST ABANDON NEEDLESS WORK TO WIN THE WAR ackjacks WowW-Be Robber Throws Away Weapon and Leaps from Gardening Auto when He Fails to Get Money. Another daring hold-up and robbery was attempted late hour last night PUT BOMB IN SCHOOL DESK Rochester, Penn., Jan. bomb placed in the desk of Miss Cecelia Helbling, principal of tho North Rochester Continuation school exploded early to-day, blowing the building to pieces. Carl Burgwall, the 13-year-old son of the janitor, was probably fatal- ly injured. Had the explosion oc- cured half an hour later the teacher and 40 pupils would have been in tho school. A squad of troops of the state constabularly immediately took charge of the ruins and an investiagtion was or- dered. (Continued 'on. Page 11.) and (Continued on I'ajje 17.) of Charities icv.n or snov." in va'lc-y and Tennes the cast G'llf will bo generally to the eastward. It will be coldo upper Ohio valley region, the mi'Mi ;.n'i! N n on an M.llt-r ,'rMo T. Kr i. e! my rm tlie b mU, as heai'iii in''.) will cuiitinned Thursday. At the organisation meeting of tho Board of Commisisoners for the Department of Public Chari- ties held yesterday afternoon in the Charity department rooms at 'Police headquarters F. William Behrens, ,ly-. of 5DG William street, was re-elected president of the Board of Commissioners for the balance of this year. With Mayor Clifford B. Wilson presiding at the meeting Margaret M. Ford, of 1S37 Main street, and Richard I. Xeilh- ercut, of ISO Brooklawn avenue, wore reinstated as commissioners for 10 IS. Isaac Moss, of 1309 Fairflold avenue, and F. William i-ehrons, Jr., of 550 William street, two -hold overs from last year's i appointees, will make up the bal- ance of this year's Charity of commissioners. The meeting of the department of Charity heads for the year yes- terday was brief and to the point. Tlrt? entire meeting lasted less than an hour after Mayor Wilson ar- rived at about -1 o'clock to preside at tlie year's org-anixation meet- The first business to come be- fore '.he meeting was the installa- tion and reinstatement of Margaret M. Ford and 'Richard Xeilhercut as commissioners for the next two years. Both of the two new ap- poir.tee.s have served previous terms on the department of Charities' executive board and their roappointment was no sur- prise to department oilicials. Following the organization of _ the board of commissioners Mayor j Wilson called for the nominations for president of the board for 1'JIS. Tlie vote re-electing V. WiiMam J'Jehrens, last year's president, was unanimous. After the election of officers for this year the new hoard discussed routine business and adjourned first meeting at about 5 o'ciock. With the new appointees to the board of Commissioners the terms Margaret M. Ford and Richard I'. Ncithercut will not expire until i. 1D20, while the terms Isaac Moss ami F. William Behtvns, .Jr., will expire on Jan- uary 1, 1U1U. at a when Nathan Schachat, of 192 Main street, Norwalk, hit Michael Max, of 1291 Iranistan avenue. jitney driver, over the head with a "blackjack at the corner of Main and Goodsell streets. Caught in Chase. It is only due to the quickness and presence of mind of Edward Gallagher, of 722 Grand street, that Schachat was caught as he hurled the blackjack away and jumped from the wildly turning automobile and started to make his getaway up Main street with the result that -tho pedestrian-gave chase and captured him. At the Fourth Precinct station last evening Max told the police that he had taken Schachat into his automobile on Fairfield ave- nue when the njan said that ho wanted to go to-North Main street and had started to drive in that direction. When the car approach- ed the corner of Main and Good- sell streets Max claims that Kcba- chat hit him over the head with the blackjack and when the car started to careen wildly across the street he. hurled the weapon away and jumped from the car before he had time to search Max and take his money. Max told the po- lice that he was carrying a consid- erable amount of money with him last evening. The police say that this is not the first timn that Schachat has been arrested. Twice before he has been arrested in the city of Norwalk on charge of stealing an automobile and was court before Jndj Lock wood although against !he man strong. Detectives 5-eory and Washburn have been assigned to the case and pending the outcome of their in- vestigations Schachat is charged assault and being held for Investigation. Fights U. S. Control of ds discharged in e Edward M. the evidence, was considered American Ship By U-Boat Seven Perish New York, Jan. Ameri- can steamship Marry has been torpedoed and sunk with loss of seven lives, according the owners of the to word received by the vessel to-day. The Marry Kuckenhach is tho fourth ship of the lino through submarine attack the war begun. The others lost since were July bach. the Jacob Liu'kenbach, sunk 7, the Lewis Lucken- Oetober 1-1 and the D. X. ljuckenbanh, October last year. Five members of the eiv.v of the latter were killed. Another ship of the same line, the J. Lucken- bach had a four hour running light wiih a .submarine the same mouth but escaped, although n number of her crew were killed by lire. T'ae total gross (.oiinage oi the four ships sunk ia ___ Resolutions Introduced in Senate Seeking to Amend Indefinite Government Supervision Attack Compensation Basis. Washington, Jan. administration bill to regulate government management of railroads' was subjected to its first attacks to-day at the capi- tol. Resolutions were intro- duced in the Senate seeking to amend the section providing for indefinite continuance of government control by provid- ing for automatic return to private control after the war. Criticise Compensation Basis. The basis of compensation on tho earnings of the three years ending last June 30 was criticized in a hearing .before the senate inter- state commerce committee by Jul- ius Kruttschnitt, chairman of the executive c.c'mmitt.eo of the South- ern Pacific, who suggested instead of the two and a half year period between July 1. 1915 ami Decem- ber 31. 1017, arguing that, earn- ings for 1 n 1 5 were below normal. The house interstate commerce committeu will start hearings on (be bill to-morrow and will hear Interstate Commerce Commission- er Anderson explain the measure. 'Director Genera'. McAdoo probab- ly will appear later in the week to urge necorfsity for prompt ae.tion. The railroad administration de- voted itself to-day to executive measures to cleanup congestion on eastern roads and McAdoo ap- pealed to the people of tho United Slates to observe next week as "freight moving week" through an organized movement to unload icars and turn them hack from, ter- minals. In anticipation of govern- ment assistance in railroad finan- cing, roads were instructed to' re- port immediately the amount of capital they need for the coming year. Freight Moving Immediately after the "freight moving week" the new high de- murrage rates ordered by tho di- rector general will go into effect. Milder weather in tlie east, helped to-day to send freight moving fas- ter, but a snow stm-m in the mid- dle west caused a serio'us tie-up of trafiic. Tho. railroad administra- Democratic Alder n Questions Facts Behind Juvenile Court Ordi- nance, but Republican Majority Passes It over Hot .Criticism of Minori- In spite of strenuous opposi- tion by the four Democratic members of the .Common Council to the section of the ordinance relating to the ap- pointment ofta special matron, the act creating a juvenile court for the city of Bridge- port was adopted as intro- duced, at the regular meeting of the board held last night. Alderman John A. Cornell, Jr., was spokesman for the oppo- sition faction, and a. lively tilt was precipitated between him and Alderman William E. Primrose. Sects Information. Alderman Cornell, speaking for himself and his three Democratic colleagues on the board of alder- men, asked for some information as to the necessity of appointing a special matron, at a salary of to supervise the detention room and those detained at the proposed juvenile court. Alder- man Primrose, as chairman of the committee that submitted tho or- clince, was not prepared to sub- mit the information. Mr. Cornell declared that, fail- ing to' receive suet information, he and his colleagues must take a positive stand in opposition to the ordinance. This prompted Mr. Primrose to assail Cornell for what he termed habitual opposition to ordinances proposed by the present committee. Cornell delivered the knockout blow and finally clo'sed the discussion when he declared that Primrose, in assailing him, was quoting directly from a Bridge- port paper, which he termed a "filthy organ." Provides For Matron. The ordinance, as submitted at last night's meeting, calls for the establishment of. a juvenile court at police headquarters, and the set- ting aside of rooms for the pur- pose. It places the judge of the city court in charge of the court, and provides that he shall appoint a woman as matron o' the .court, at a salary not to exceed Alderman Cornell stated that he and the faction he represented was in hearty accord with the pur- pose of the ordinance, but he asked why a special matron was necessary. Alderman Primrose said that the ordinance had not originated in his committee, but was submitted by parties outside who are thoroughly conversant with the situation. "If no facts or figures can be submitted, showing that the regu- lar police matron cannot super- vise the juvenile court, then we must vote against that provision of the Cornell retorted. Calls for Pi-oof. "I am not prepared to state whether a special matron is needed York, Jan. the. war will not be won unless tlic slog-ail "Business as usual" is abandoned, was tlie asser- tion made to-day by Frank A. Vanderlip, chairman of the war savings committee, in an address Ix.'t'orc a gathering- of Xew Yoi'k Hankers. He ilc- eltu'Cfl it is absolutely essential that labor be released for the production of materials with which to equip our soldiers in France. Sir. Vaiulcrlip declin- ed to catalogue what he con- sidered non-essentials. "I think it is absolutely im- possible for us to produce what this government must have and have he said, we go on asking la- borers and shops to produce the sTeut amount of materials turned out for our comfort but which are not essential to our needs." (Continued 011 Tage 17.) (Continued on Page Suffocates as He Watches Griddle Cakes With two gas cocks in a gas stove turned on and a batch of griddle cakes that he had been watching burned to a crisp, Ar- thur La M dry, tiO, of 260 Capitol avenue, was found dead in an arm- chair beside the gas range in his home at about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon while one burner of the range was lighted and burning and two others were turned on full but not. lighted. Neighbors discover- ing th'e man sitting in the chair apparently in a stupor sent in a hurry call to Dr. B. C. Pasuth at the Emergency hospital who found the. man dead on his arrival and notified Medical Examiner Dr. P. M. Cat-lick who later pro- nounced death duo to accidental asphyxiation. The authorities say that must have. started to cook the griddle cakes for his when he returned home at o'clock and after he had lighted three jets in the gas range fell asleep watching the griddle cakes cook with the re- sult that two of the. jets must have been blown out and the escaping c-as suffocated La miry. The police say thai there has not been a winter for many years when there have been so manv suffocations from gas as has been in Bridgeport within the last few weeks, Have Four Days' Coal Supply Factories Must Have New Lot within Week if the Plants Are to Run- Homes Are Fairly Well Taken Care of. No shipments of coal were received in Bridgeport yester- day, and while the situation both in the factories and in the homes -has been raised above the famine stage, large quan- tities of fuel must be added within the next few days to the small supply now on hand, or matters will become as -acute as ever before. The special committee, headed by C. E. Bilton, president of the Bridgeport Manufacturers' asso'cia- tion, and consisting of Mayor Clif- ford B. Wilson, George B. Craw- ford, president of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, George M. Eames, of the Singer Manufactur- ing company, William R. "Webster, of the Bridgeport Brass company, and Miller, of the Frank Miller' Lumber company, left last night on the Federal egress for Washington. Remain At Capital. The committee will remain at the national capital, working in co-operation with the United States Fuel Administration in every way possible, until a steady and satis- factory supply of Soft co'al and anthracite for Bridgeport is as- sured. Carl F. Siemon, chairman of the local fuel committee, stated last night that to the best of his know- ledge, no shipments of coal are en route for Bridgeport. All of the (Continued on Page 18.) HoldsDrSt Law to Be Constitutional Open New Bureau for Help Will Provide Workers for Agricul- ture, Shipbuilding and War Contract Plants of U.S. 4 Washington, Jan. the appointment to-day of Densmore of Montana as di-v' rector of employment for the department of labor the United! i States government established! what is in effect a federal ployment bureau with power; j to distribute labor to ever part of the country.needs.} it most, especially for andj government work. Simultaneously cama the nouncemeiit that the new employ--! meiit service of the department of labor -would pro'ceed at once to[ mobilize three million -workers agriculture, shipbuilding and war contract plants. -J It Tvas the first step in the eralizing of labor and the placing of the labor of the country, tinder direct'government supervision.' Tremendous expansion service is in progress in tion for recruiting men to carry on the econimic work iri support of the military forces the -war. Solution of the labor' shortage by this means ia confidently proposed hy the depart- ment and the cooperating labor organizations in answer to sttgges- tions that conscription of labor 13 necessary. ,One early result is expected to be the placing1 of mechanics in shipbuilding plants to' aid in. hurrying to completion, the mer- chant marine program. John B. Densmore, of Montana, solicitor for the department of labor will be national director of the employment service by ap- pointment of Secretary "Wilson. He will have as his assistants Robert "Watson of Massachusetts and Charles T. Clayton of Maryland. Samuel .T. Gompers, of Xew Torh, son of the labor leader, will suc- ceed Mr. "Watson as the depart- ments chief clerk. Washington, Jan. con- raised against the selective draft act was swept aside by the supreme court to-day in a imani- mous opinion delivered by Chief Justice White, upholding the law as constitutional. Authority to en- act the statute and to send forces to fight the enemy wherever he may be found, the court hel'd, lies in the clauses of the constitution giving Congress the power to de- clare war and to raise and support armies. "As the mind cannot conceive an army without the men to com- pose said the chief justice, "on the face of the constitution the ob- jection that it does not give power to provide for such men would seem to bo too frivolous for fur- ther notice." Tho government's motion to postpone, because of the war fur- ther consideration of seyeral Im- portant anti-trust suits was grant- ed by the court with the exception of the case against the United Shoo Machinery company which will go forwat-il. Warner Bros. Finishers Protest Change in Work Changing the' work around so it would be done another way caused some employes in the finishing de- partment of the Warner Brothers Corset factory to protest yesterday, but. the trouble was adjusted when the old system again returned to. Under tho now system tho em- ployes wanted an increase of two cents a dozen for tho operation, but the old system was satisfac- tory to them. The. diflieulty lasted only an hour before the employes were satisfied again. War Brides Now Bother Draft Boards One of the big-gest problems which will have to be faced by the draft boards of Bridgeport has to do with the marriages contracted by drafted men since registration.- s While it is known that a. number; of these have been made -with no deliberate -attempt to the' draft each case will be subjected _ to a rigid examination by the dis-ij trict board, and all "slacker" riasres will be ignored. The government is now, ering the advisability of doing' away with the regulation -which provides for the exemption of min- isters. Conscientious objectors to war. seem to be more of a myth than ct reality. A surprisingly small number have failed to report for; military service when called. Keep Boards Busy. Filled out questionnaires are re- ceived by the hundreds every day, by draft boards, and this, com- bined with the work of correcting: wrongly filled out papers, has given the draft officials of this city about all they can handle. Wednesday -will be the last day, for mailing out questionnaires, On Thursday, January IS, every ques- tionnaire must be returned to the local boards. All men who fail to return their questionnaires on or before that date will be classed as deliiiquents, and their names will be turned over to the police de- partment for investigation. Questionnaires will be mailed from local division boards to-day as follows: Board. Order One 5308 to Two 2771 Throe 4200 Four 4300 Five Six 3593 In a decision handed down by the supreme court of the United States Monday, the draft law was held to be constitutional. The main attack of the objectors to tho law wa.s the fact that the Consti- tution did not permit the passing of any such regulations. to to to to to 2920 4400 4T74 4050 3764 SCHOOLS RKOPEX. With- the subsiding o" the storm king's efforts, school sessio'ns will be resumed as usual to-day in public schools of Bridgeport. All tVie repairs made necessary by frozen pipes and other troubles have boon completed,