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   Bridgeport Telegram, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1918, Bridgeport, Connecticut                              Largest Morning Circulation in Connecticut THE WEATHER Fair-Warmer See Bottom First Column OL. LIV, BRIDGEPORT, CONN., MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY SIXTEEN CENTS. MES TO HAVE FIRST CALL ON COAL; ONE DEAD IN LEXINGTON AVE. BATTLE ill Take om Shops Need Be lal Fuel Administrator ays Saloons, Clubs, heatres and Cabarets ay Have to Contribute id. families will be given the fcrence over every other in- t, whether private or pub- im the event that a famine tel happens said irman Carl F. Siemon, of local committee of the [ted States Fuel Adminis- jion last night. 'No coal.ar- 1 in the city yesterday, and e there is a supply suffi- t to last for two or three at least, the committee is n making plans to meet a ;ine in fuel. t is an order of the fuel ad- Jstration, and I am prepared larry it out, that iri every case "ilies shall be supplied with first. We have the-right even ike coal away from the facto- to 'keep the home fires burn- and if the shortage becomes so Ising we must take that action. Ive all, ws will see that the peo- the homes do not suffer, so as there 'is any coal at all to Mr. Siemon continued, If we find there isn't enough to KNIFE LIKE WIND BELIES RISE FROM TWO ABOVE MARK llising steadily all day yes- terday until this morning at 2 o'clock when the thermo- meter registered 15 above, the temperature showed the pre- dicted cold wave spent only a short time in this1 city. Yes- terday morning at 7 o'clock the temperature was recorded nt 2 above zero and with a strong wind blowing the out- side air was decidedly uncom- fortable. Even at 15 above y.ero the wind was cutting Jn its capers. From out of the west came reports of remarkably cold weather and the wave was pre- dicted to reach this city Sat- urday night. Following the rainstorm Saturday, the weather -began to get stiffcr and Saturday night it was rather chilly. Preparations were made, however, fqr more bitter weather but cvidently llie, weather man turned the severe drafts IIP the St. JLaw- i-ence river or somewhere else where coal is more plenty. Worried over Draft Kills Self Westport Youth Brooding over Prospect of Being -Called into Service Sends Bullet Through His Heart-Was of Ger- man Descent. Westport, Jan. 13 (Special) over the receipt of his questionnaire and the prospects of his immediate-in- duction into the military serv.- of the United States, (Continued on Page Seven) ight Are laptured in taming Raid srgeant Coughlin and Officers rick .Halpin and Flanagan led the alleged gambling hoiise Justaf Valeskas, 30 Gilbert let, yesterday and besides the prietor, Michael Vorchyon, Iry Hapis, Louis Sajeros, George Is, Louis Cheliors, Louis Lain John Valeskas were taken custody. The raiders found men on the.second flpor of the Ise and in the bedroom, -while [6 and a pack of cards were en as evidence. All of them le charged -with gambling, fumerous complaints have been le against Valeskas. John Vales- I brother of the proprietor of joint, -was not only charged gambling but he was also Irged with interfering with an ier on' duty. he police say that Valeskas' It was one of the in the'city and within the past weeks they allege that they had many complaints about brazen way'in which the owner house carried on the busi- of gambling. lat tbe raid did not come as a arise to the police who say that have1 been watching the house [some time1 but it was only yes- lay that Sergeant Coughlin de- ed that the time was ripe to 5oth Valeskas and the frequen- ce the gambling, den are being I for City court this forenoon. WEATHER REPORT. Xew York: Fair, so cold Monday; Tuesday in- lastng cloudiness, probably snow I night. South New England: Fair Mon- slightly warmer; Tuesday in- fasing cloudiness and warmer. Although temperatures are still kch below .the seasonal average ft of the Rocky mountains they considerably higher than on llurday except in New England along the south Atlantic Differ as to Peace Parleys German Press Association Gives Inspired Report, While Russian Press Adds tons Omit. Amsterdam, Jan. report of the AVolff Bureau, the German semi-official news agency oh Saturday's deh'bcfti-' tions at the Brest-Litovsk peace conference says that at the opening of the sitting Count the Austro- liungarian. foreign minister, announced that the Central Powers recognized the Ukraine delegation as "an independent delegation representing .the Ukraine but that formal recognition of the Ukrainian republic as an inde- pendent state would be reserv- for the peace treaty. M. Trot-zky, the Bolsheviki for- j eiga ministcv, followed Count Cxer- nin saying ihat such conflicts as had occurred between the Russian government nnd the Ukraine "have had no connection with the ques- tion of self-determination of the Ukraine, concerning which there is no room for conflict between the two "sieterx. republics." M. Bolubowyscs, the Ukrainian secretary of state accepted tho statements of Count Caernin and 31. TrotzKy and announced that his delegates would participate in the peace negotiations on that basis. Claim of Transgression. Later in the session the dele- gates discussed the IGerman claim that the .Russian wireless state- ments issued during the recess con- stituted a transgression of the spir- it of the armistice. M. desired to know'in what particu- lar the spirit of the armistice had been transgressed by the communi- cations and General Hoffmann ot the German delegation replied: "At the head of the armistice treaty stood the words 'Bring (Continued on Page Nino.) Want U. S. Limit Control of R. R. to War ce Rudolph Matthias, a wqdl known Westport young man shot and killed himself to-night about 9 :30 o'clock in the garage of William F. Tenney, of Sylvan avenue. Matthias was engaged as a chauffeur for Mr. Tenney during the past three years. Sends Btillet Through His Heart. The first intimation that any- thing was v.'rong with the young man came last night about o'clock whfcn Mr. Tenney heard a shot which seemingly came from his garage. Rushing out to the building he asiended the stairs leading to the chauffeur's roonia on the second floor, and upon en- tering the f.partment found Mat- thias stretched out on the floor with a rifle bullet through his heart. The discharged gun lay near the body. Mr. Tenney at once notified the authorities of the happening and jVfedig.al Examiner Dr. Samuel H. of Norwalk, was soon on the" Scene, He examined the and- s'.lated --that -the. yo.ung man prohably died instantly. Mi1. ''Matthias' was i about 25 years old, and- is survived "by his fath- er and mother, and a number of sisters and brothers all of whom reside in Greens Farms. He was employed for the throe years as a chpcul'fcur for William F. Garfield to Cut Down Coal Supply to All Non-Essential Industries Washington, Jan. of coal to the less essential industries in eastern cities as a means of relieving the fuel famine will be begun early this week. Reports to- day to the fuel administration told of continued widespread suffering in New York, Philadelphia and other cities. Apportionment of coal will be left largely to federal fuel administrators in the states in-which supplies are short. They will work under general instructions from Fuel Administrator Garfield to supply first householders and next industries producing war materials. Many in- dustries whose products are npt necessary for waging the war probably will be required to shut down at least three days a week until the fuel crisis is over. Fuel Administrators in the various states already have been given rather wide powers in apportioning coal in cases of emergencies, but the shortage has become so throughout the east that Dr. Garfield has decided specific instructions concerning distributions must be The less essential industries will be treated alike in all the eastern states .and fuel administrators will be asked to, observe the general rules to be drawn._________ Of German Descent. .He was always a yojii steady and temperate after .receiving hisv -n of bu .nnaire last week, became silent and mo- rose. Matthias was of German de- scent, his father and mother hav- ing been born in Germany. He himself was born in America, how- ever, and the, chances Avere that he would be included in the next draft. If is believed that this fact had been preying upon his mind for some time past, and lie chose suicide as the easiest way out of the difficulty. Fight over Citfds, Hold Ex-Policeman ressure is again low through- tho Rocky mountain region the district to the westward h quite general snows and rains there was some snow in Ar- sas, Missouri, Southern Illinois, west portions of Kentucky and nnessee and in the Jake region d the St. Lawrence valley. Else- ere the weather was generally r. he southern section of the mountain disturbance will ve eastward attended by rains the gulf states and snow in Ten- issee and the Ohio valley, ron- uing Tuesday east of the Mis- sippi river and extending into lake region and the iniddlo and th Atlr.ntic states with rain in lower district. emperatures will be somewhat her as a rule. Tuesday a moderate fall in the cast Gulf tes. T> AIJT.-Y MAX.U-. in. I 4: 47 in. i a. 1> In In Water. Sfts.. in. in. New York, Jan. Railroad executives representing 177 roads and 90 per cent, of the mileage in the United States at a conference held here to-day to consider plans for safeguarding the interests they represent while under federal man- agement, decided to ask Congress to limit government control to the period of the war. The executives believe the bill now pending in Congress is too vague because it does not set a derinito date for the government to relinquish the railroads. They could see no reason, it was why it should not lie fixed for the duration of the war as has been the case with other industries which have come under federal management. The bill reported out of commit- tee would' empower the President to retain control of common car- riers "until otherwise decreed by the The conference which wns held at the Grand Central Terminal, failed by Frank Trumbull, it-man of (lie railway r-xecni- advisory board. Nearly .100 wen- present. The session was ex- ecutive. Former, detective and police- man Frederick L. Feeley, of 405 Hollister avenues was arrested on Golden Hlil street yesterday al'1.- ernQon by Patrolman Sheehan on a technical charge of assault on Mutt hew J. Layman of 52 Sedg- wick avenue. During the tight Hi's. Feeley, the former policeman, and Layman, who is employed ;IK a bartender, figured so.prominently that neighbors were forced to call the attention of Patrolman Sbee- to the light which is alleged to have started during a pokfjr game in which Feeley alleges that Lay- man ulternpted to client him and his wife. It is alleged that the three wen- enjoying a quiet. Sunday after- noon game of poker when. Kneley claimed that he hud caught man cheating. As'the direct out- come of this charge words were in- ter changed thai ended only when the light slinled and Patrolman Sheehan placed the three under arrest nnd summoned the patrol wagon from the box at ;hc cornex of Golden Hill and Main streets to take the prisoners to headquarters. Layman's, Inco was marked and bruised in many places. Feeley also stistainod a out lip and numer- ous bruises on' hi.s head and fuo.e. Sirs. Feeley is held as a material witness in the t-nse. Struggle to Burst SnowBonds Hundreds of Thousands in Chicago Wield Pick and Shovel in Attempt to Break Traffic Women in Bloomers Head S n o w Fighting Squads. Chicago, Jan'.; and shovels, wielded by hundreds of thousands of volunteer workers and tens of thousands of municipal and railway em- ployes" to-day succeeded in breaking the absolute traffic tie up in Chicago.and the Mid- dle :West which had been caused by the intense blizzard that swept over this section Friday and Saturday. All at Work. and children ben willingly to the, task of breaking traffic ways through the deep while sunshine from a cloudless sky enabled them to make such progress that to-nigh railroads entering: Chicago resumet limited service after being tied up .since yesterday afternoon. An een brought to the attention of the local draft boards and they, have been settled accord- ng to the best judgment of the officials.' Pn accordance with new govern- ment rulings the drafting of neu- tral allies has been made impos- sible. This is a matter of great importance, and with the many nationalities registered under the selective service draft in Bridge- port it is believed that fully 10 per cent, of the men now serving In the National Army may claim ex- emption on these grounds, and about 20 per cent, of registrants included in the registration of June 5, may be included in the neutral Saloons to Gut Hour More Off To Restrict Opening Time to o'Clock-Stores Expected to Reduce Hours-Theatres to Sub- mit Plan to Save Coal. According to a voluntary de- cision submitted yesterday to Carl F. Siemon, chairman of the local fuel committee, the saloons of Bridgeport will not open for business to-day until this morning, instead of as first announced. The saloons will close to-night at 10 :30, making a saving of four hours consumption of fuel and light. This action was reported to Administrator Siemon, who informed The Telegram last night, following a meeting of the Bridgeport Beer, Wine and Liqupr Dealers' association on Saturday. Cabarets to Follow Suit. "The cabarets must follow the same. hours as the saloons." Mr. Siemon said last night. "The ho- tel bars and the club bara will also be expected to close at the hour voluntarily designated. by the sa- loon men. If they refuse, to co- operate, then the committee 'must refuse to allow them coal, "when' there are so many other needs for the fuel." The fu'el-'; committee is at the present time devoting- a'large'share of its attention to the advancement of fuel conservation in Bridgeport. They are working at all sources, a'nd' results are being obtained constantly. "Our idea Is to help in every way Mr. Siemon told a T.ele- gram reporter last night. "I-think any fair-minded man appreciates that. We don't want-to put-any fellow out of but our families must be supplied with coal first." Evpcct Stores to Act. Then in answer to some misdi- rected criticism that has been wafted towards the fuel committee, he said; "The committee hasn't said a word to the stores of the city with regard tft closing. We expect them to act patriotically and voluntarily, the same as the other bodies and places that have agreed to reduce hours to save HUNS SAY GRAIN SHIPMENTS SHOW NEARING OF END Amsterdam, Jan. scmi-ofliclnl Nonldetitsche Al- Icgcims Zcitii'ng of Berlin publishes a report front Wash- ington that the United States is 'Sending bushels of wheat to Kiirope nnd adds: "This is a heavy blow to the entente cause. Shorn of rhetorical it means that America has decided not to appear on the Kiiropeaii battle Held for an indcllnitc time. What moved President Wilson to this change; of front, which is the most important development in American war The newspaper attributes it partly to the achievements ot the German submarines, pai't- ly to internal causes, and. cs- lieclally to growing pacifism and friction with Japan. It continues: "The last hope of the en- tente has gone. It will in- evitably cause deep depression in France, whose bread ration may increased slightly but for whose1 war weary troops there is now no hope ot re- lief." Hun Drive Balked by Snowfall Expected Thrust Is De- layed for Weeks, Pos- sibly Months, By Winter Weather on All Fronts. Winter'has. settled down in earnest all the important war froiits, and beyond artil- lery which are being carried out over very limited there has been little fighting either in the west or in the "east. Only patrol en- counters are reported along the British lines, and-artillery action at two points French front. In Italv rific artillery and fighting has. given aerial warfare, wru'ch, spectacular, has little bearing: on the progress One Dying, 2 Wounded 8 Arrested Row Starts over Disagree- ment of Coffee House of Dead Man Escapes with In- Show More than 30 Shots Were Fired Murder Com- mitted with Dirk. One dead, one dying at St. Vincent's hospital, two severe- ly wounded and seven men- arrested is the police record at. press hour this morning oi the shooting affray and murder'at- 41 Lexington avenue at about last evening when Vin- ceuzo Paoli, of 41 Lexingtonx avemfe, stabbed to death, Joseph Zsango, of 96 Fulton street, was shot twice through the abdomen and is .expected to die at any time, Vincenzo. Nodafavi, of 141 Grand was shot through the right leg, nd Joseph Luria, 28, of 234: avenue, Avas shot in (Contained on Pago Nine.) Delay Action on Suffrage for 2 Weeks on the the ter- i n fan try way to howevei direct of the alien class. To Continue Work. Latest news issued from Wash- (Continued on 1'ngc Scvon) Many Hurt as Trolley Plunges Down Hill Tliompso.Hville, Jan.. dozen passengers were cut or bruised here to-day when a trolley car ran wild clown a steep hill and crashed into the rear-of another standing on a switch. The air- brake on n through car from Hartford on the Hartford nnd Springfield line failed to work and the trolley sped down grade un- controlled, the motorman jumping off. 200 feet from the collision. None of the passengers was seriously hurt, although some had severe cuts from broken window nnd others were bruised by 1 being thrown against seats. Washington, Jan. vir- tually all important legislation still in formative stages, Congress plans this week to keep its committees steadily at work on the administra- tion railroad bill and other pond- ing measures and with Avar pre- paration investigations. On Tuesday the senate will dis- pose of the" resolution proposing to give the president power to con- trol the print paper industry. Somo senators think it socialistic and unnecessary and considesaWIe op- position has developed since the measure hau been -under debate. In, the house work on huge ap- propriation bills is proceeding rapidly with disposal of. tlie'aii- -nual Indian budget set for Tues- day. Xo move to bring up the woman suffrage constitutional amend- ment, approved by the house dur- ing the past week, is expected for at least a fortnight in the senate, although its opponents, believing they now have enough voles to de- feat it, .are anxious for an -arly vote. With Secretary Baker's examina- tion in the senate military com- mittee's war inquiry concluded, the committee will resume to- morrow further inquiry into the proposal to establish a new de- partment of munitions, which President Wilson and Secretary Baker oppose. Daniel Wi'lard, chairman, Bernard Baruch and other members of the War In- dustries Board, and members of the Council of National Defense, possibly including Secretary Dan- iels, are to be examined durivg the week. The committee plans to tempor- arily suspend its hearings thi.s week and take up the question of creating a. munitions director; pro- ceeding afterward with investiga- tion oC other war department ac- tivities. Interstate Commerce Commis- sioner Anderson will resume his of railroad legislation to-morrow before the senate in- terstate commerce committee and the. similar house committee will hear railroad executives. 't campaign when confined to combats between individuals or squadrons. For nearly a. month now tin front in France and Belgium hai been almost snowbound. Thus thi long awaited German oCt'onslvi with the heavy reinforcement which Germany transferred Iron the '.Russian front to the west, luv been delayed for weeks, if not, pos- sibly, for months. With the Knssinns. The peace negotiations between the Bolshevik! and the represent- atives of the quadruple alliance at Brest-L.Hovsk continue, but without definite results. Another delay in the assembling of the Constituent assembly is likely be- cause of tho issuance of a decree at Petrograd providing for new elections to replace members OL the' Constituent assembly who a.i-o deemed not to represent the in- terests of the workmen and peas- ants. According to reports the Tlussian capital northern .Russia i.s to receive ample food supplies from Ukraine, through the recon- ciliation of the Bolsheviki and the Ukrainians. Every effort has been made in the past few weeks by the Bolsheviki authorities to pre- vent the threatened famine in Pe- trograd and cities oC Russia he left leg. The nun-der is said to have taken place when the partners of a cof-' ee house at 41 Lexington met. last evening to .discuss question of ejecting: Paoli and his family from his quarters in tha of the house where he 'had moved after he had been ejected from his former home 'on Main street. Chamber Blood Smein-eil. The refusal to supply Paoli and- his family with coal for the stdva in their quarters brought the mat- ter to a head and Paoli left the' building to return in a short with a number of men who start-: ed tho fight in the building that, only onued when the police broke. down'the door of the house and gained entrance to the blood- smeared chamber. While the police have arrested the three men shot and four-men believed to have been in the fight. they are confident that all .of gunmen have not been rounded up as yet nnd at press hour this the detective bureau wa9; out on the case and looking for. other members of the gang that: shot the three men and stabbed Paoli. Gunmen figuring in fight had made good their escape police arrived at 41 Lexing; ,va avenue and found only-the deed and dying in the little rear, room of the coffee house. Bloody Meets Eyes. When Sergeant Poland .received (Continued on I'ligc Seven) Boy Who Chops to Keep Family Warm Is Stricken Famished with the cold. Alfred Lynch, 9, of 19 Quarry street, fell in a swoon in the cellar of his home yesterday afternoon while chopping a few sticks of wood with which to keep the other eight members of his family warm. He is only nine yerfrs of age and his mother sent him to the cellar 1'o'r the wood that she might prepare breakfast. The fire was needed and Alfred remained in the cellar so long that another member of. the family went down to look him up. He re.ported the condition of Al- fred and a hurry call was sent to' the Emergency hospital. Dr. James K. Keegan of the hospital staff hurried to the address and found the boy. After a few warm drinks and some liquid food the boy recovered rapidly and last night while not in a dangerous condition he was not able to' get out of his bed. (Continued on Par- Seven) Cold Wave Broken but Several Die Washington, Jan. uni- formly higher temperatvires report- ed from all parts of the country, the weather bureau to-night an-'. iiounced that the cold wave that hns .gripped all states east of Rocky mountains for several days now is broken. Williston, N. D., with 34 reported the lowest temperature in the country, while at St. Paul the mercury fell to ten belovr. Louisville six below, Chicago four below and St. Louis two below. From the south were reports of zero at Nashville, four above aft above at Birmingham.- four above at Little Hock, and- 20 above at Mobile. j Cleveland, Ohio. Jan. a biting wind and an official tem- perature registering eight bolow zero, railroad transportation facilities practically paralyzed and hotels filled with stormbound. guests, this city to-night i.s isolated in the big blizzard that swept from the Rocky mountains to Atlantic and the Culf of Canada- One man was to death and two outers are in, the hospital, one. near death and the other hai his reason undermined from expo- of accidents, froscn feet and handji sure to the bitter weather. Scores are. reported. Plate glass in the downtown district were broken by the excessive cold. Cumberland. Mr.. was the coldest morning of the winter with the temperature eight degrees below zero in tills city, and 13 below at Frosttaurg. Kno.Nvillc. Tenn.. Jan. Tennessee river on the city front was frozen over here to-day, for the first time in 50 years.   

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