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   Bridgeport Telegram, The (Newspaper) - January 16, 1918, Bridgeport, Connecticut                              Largest Morning Circulation in Connecticut rarara THE WEATHER Fair See Bottom First Column 'OL. LIV, XO. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY EIGHTEEN CENTS. COALTO NON-ESSENTIAL RIES FOR A WEEK OR LONGER orkmen .ppea! to Russians itish Labor Men Send Important Comimmica- [tion to litaristic and Moderate Sections of Germans Struggle for Ascenden- )f great moment on the jiitical side .of the war is a fssage issued to the Russian )ple by the British labor The message announces it the British people are-one th the Russians on the prin- of self-determination of Dples aiifl no annexations the British Empire, par- lularly in the middle east, in trie a and in India. it also calls-upon the-peoples of 5 Central Empires to force their vernments to renounce annexa- ns in Europe "with. the same od faith in which we are re- uiicing them in and not them drive the British people, they are driving the Russians, :o the "terrible choice between ntinuing the war and abandon- j the only principle that can save B world." As for Turkey the message says B sovereign independence of the irkish people in their national ime is respected, but that the irkish government's domination er other peoples is a hindrance the national development of the irks. The formation of an in- .-national organization to take er the responsibility of govern- certain peoples, such as the (Continued on Papc 18) Peace Help sian Would Allies Enemy Air Raiders Take Special Interest in American Aviators With the American Army in France, Jan. 15. (By As- sociated air raiders are showing an in- creased interest in the American aviation centers, espec- ially those nearest the lines. During one of the most recent incursions the German airship descended within 200 feet of the ground, and dropped bombs. Luckily the German aim even at such close range, was poor, for no Americans were killed. Another German machine which flew over the posi- tion later dropped a bomb from a higher altitude at han- gar but missed. At a nearby place an enemy squadron descended with- in 300 feet of the earth and sprayed an anti-aircraft ma- chine gun position with a -hail of bullets, but did not hit any of the gunners, all of whom were French. The Americans at the most advanced aviation camp have found a novel mounting for the machine guns used for defence against enemy airships. When the guns for the newly dug pits arrived it was discovered that only field carnages had been provided. These were unsuitable for aircraft defense work, so others were constructed from old motor truck springs. These mounts are said to be as good as any used. Fight Snow to Keep RoadsOpen 'Government R. R. Admin- istration Regards Situa- tion in Middle West Worse than at Apy Time Within Week. general gen- "If Germany concludes peace Ilii-ssia. it will be of great in- vest to the said Captain Albala of the Royal Serbian immission last night after he had vcn a talk before an open mcct- g of the Independent Order of 'r.ai B'rith. Captain Albala, who a Jew, spoke at the open mect- S of the loyalty of the Jews with ic various armies and it was an iteresting discourse, showing that -en though persecuted in Russia 10 Jews expected to return to that mntry after tho war. Captain Albala expects, however, lat with peace between Germany nd Russia, the Russians will tell le German people about their sVn revolution and liberty and iis will bear great weight among ie Germans in bringing about onditions in the German empire hich will have a tendency to as- st the Allies eventually. The Germany, he said, will bene- t by the peace with Russia, cs- ecia'lly the military easlr; which ill make an effort to show the eople that the existing alliance England and France is noth- ig: more nor less than a, .scrap of The junkers are especially .nxious to make peace and they re driven to this move for tho aoral effect it will have upon the (Continued on PajLrc 18) REPORT. Forecast: Eastern Xew York: 'air Wednesday; Thursday fair, itt'.e change in temperature. Southern New England: Fair, omewhat colder Wednesday; Thursday fair. The last southwest disturbance iss moved since Monday night I rom contral Tennessee to cast with steadily increasing in- j en.-ily ;md to-nigiit Ui'j baromfctr'r it Eastport, Maine-, reads L'S.T'J I rich--'.s. Tho prr-cipit.i f'ron rrorn this during 24 '1 r-ritivr; counti'y cast oi )u- river cxr-c.-pt in IMO (jhio valley, and Washington, Jan. Against the worst snow and ice storm of a eration, the government rail- road administration to-day struggled in an effort to open main travel routes and keep coal and food shipments mov- ing over the lines best able to handle them. The situation to-night was regarded as worse than at any time within the last week of traffic-paralyzing weather. On top of an accumulation of snow in the Middle West, from blizzards of several days ago, came fresh snowfall to- day. Know plows.went to woi-k on the new. drifts-while gang's of laborers drawn from every occupation from which they could be spared, tack- led yards and terminals; already cleared once of snow within the week. Move Coal and Food. Temperatures were i-i.sing in most .sections to-night, but it was not enough to release cars frozen to sidings or to thaw thou- sands of cars of coal caked in their carriers. Telegraph and telephone wires went down under weight of snow and ice and many passenger trains wrro.se schedules had been re-established yesterday were withdrawn once again lest they meet the fato of scores of others stalled behind drifts. Only coa! and food kept1 mov- ing, and these went slowly. The railroads' supply oi! locomotives, depleted by Uio hundreds in shops for repairs, were used largely for. those shipments. Two, three or four engines' tugged at a train of coal in many instances. Oflicials to-nighl believed it a matter of days before some industries would be forced to cloijQ by inability to gnt fuel. The snow cannot melt and the weather mod- erate fast enough, it wa.s said, to restore normal movcmem of coal (Continued on I'ago Four) Alleged Gunmen Taken to N. Y. to Stand Trial the; grc.'il'.-r I si O'iiO is c: now ovr fMSt :t as y.-i without -1-'. i n- '-'.'i1 snows snow.- !jii-l'! !i; :i nil li oe t ilfyrky IJIOUM- k1 r from h'lt ii. Ii'-i1.- "I Icnry 1 X'. Of X. triinmon afler jv'ii.men on U ij.'fk 'o (I nd 1 rial .1; oi' an a uloiiii J I w i r i V.'i-rl1 of Ii05 11th J., and John 17 I'lirk avenue, 1-1 o- two of tin: Xew Vork last Monday a h.'Utlo bc.tweeit street that was police, were (ak- -n last evening lo city for tiie (liefl from three olhur th" police crowd Monday prove ju found when I hey t wlu. lower If .-.HOW ]r-v. I: 111 I :ir> ill in. in. in. in. in. nuns a nd for W. i s as'o.'i lii'1 am li'H'ilic.s df'f'i.Icd tha.I tin- police, could Iiavo t.he nun ['lace (licni tyi trial I'ot 'In- thf'l't. of automobile. The, olhoi- thi-c-i; inon who appeared the city '-oiirl Ibis forenoon are thought lo be (he real owners oi thu car and they wore not held. CLOSE PLACES OF AMUSEMENT Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. theatres, saloons, pool rooms and places not absolutely necessary, where heat and light are used, were ordered closed immediately until further notice this afternoon by Dr. Henry Jameson federal fuel administrator for the city. Tho order was issued after every other effort to provide coal for domes- tice consumption had failed. SayWoman Was Aid to Spoermann Officials Traced German Lieutenant Spy Suspect Through Interception of More Under Arrest in Baltimore. Baltimore, Md., Jan. A woman, according to fed- eral aided Lieut. Wal- ter Spoermann, the alleged German 'spy in his plots against American munitions plants. Lieutenant Spoermann the alleged German spy ar- rested on the aviation field near Norfolk last week, was brought to Baltimore this aft- ernoon, He was rushed from the railroad station to. the United States marshal's office and thence lodged in jail. Two hours previous to his arrival his Frederick H. C. Spoermann who was arrested here last night, was sent to jail also. Another man, Marius Alsch of this city, was taken into custody to-day by the federal agents, and there wa.s a considerable display of activity and conferences at the fed- eral rumors that other suspects -were being bagged. Had Spociinimn Papers. Aisch, it developed, held somo papers belonging to Spoer- mami. He himself volunteered the Information to the Baltimore police and he was taken in charge by U. (Conlmuccl on J'.'igc 18) Board Calls Redgate to Explain Commissioners Inquire Why So Many Policemen Are Absent from Duty Force Short, Application Is Tabled. Superintendent John H. Redgate was summoned on the carpet last evening before the Board of Police commis- sioners to tell why so many men were now off active duty on account of injury or sick- ness. According to the Super- intendent of Police there are now. eight men on sick leave. Wants Appointment. Another application for appoint- ment as a regular patrolman was received last evening by tho board of police commissioners at their semi-monthly meeting in police headquarters, and two sperial offi- cers were'appointed for the Liberty Ordnance company by the com- missioners. Letters from the mili- tary authorities at Camp Devens were received and read, congratu- lating the Bridgeport department on the way that they hava rounded up slackers for the government and returned deserters to the mili- tary camps. The meeting of the commission- ers opened at o'clock with but three members of the board of police commissioners in atten- dance. Commissioner Murphy was absent when President Stanley called the meeting to order, while Commissioners Peet and Ander- son, niade up the police board at the meeting last evening1. To Enforce The first business to. be taken up by the board was relative to city ordinances passed last year in regard to the bowling allies, public amusements, and auctioneers fix- ing prices. The commissioners voted to have the ordinances strict- ly enforced a.nd orders will go out to the Bridgeport police that they are to enforce these ordinances at all costs. Clerk-Lieutenant Clayton B. Smith then read a letter from Ma- jor George AI. Beck, of the field ar- tillery at Camp Dcvcns, congratu- lating the department on the way Says Every Ship Is a Nail in Kaiser's Coffin "Kvory nail in an American ship is a nail the Kaiser's recinnlly declared Crawford former Australian prnmier who will uddrcKs 'Hriilgenorl'.s la- boring men, in tin; auditorium of tho local school at S o'clock last evening, on "Labor and the War." .Air. Vaughn .spoko before the Massfichuscl.ls 7fou.se of Heprescii- lalivcs last Krldiiy, and on Sunday last ho addressed an lnimen.se t-.alliorliifj of Natloiuil Army men, in the; iiiirtiloriuin of tlic Y. M. A., at (lamp Dcvcns. Lus't night Mr. Vaughn Kpoltc in hall, In ITavon. The la man makes a vigorous pica for the prosecution of (hci war to, a finish. At Camp T.Jcvons be loM our boy.-i Diut they were light- ing with the: spirits of Lincoln and Washington behind Ihom. Mr. Vaughn will include In his address a pica for tho .sale War yavings (Continued on Page 14) Lordship Is Menaced By Blaze Fighting heroically against a fire which broke out. yesterday aft- ernoon about 5 o'clock in a cottage recently constructed by the Bridge- port Housing company near the entrance to Lordship park and a wind like, a tornado, members oi tho Stratford and L.ordship park fire departments probably pre- vented what might have wiped out the colony. Tho building in which the firo originated was completely gutted by the flames wh'ich startec from" a defective furnace, but thanks to tho efforts of the fire fighters the flames were confined to one building alone. The damage is estimated at approximately At the time the lire started, number oC truckmen wero engag- ed In moving into the cottag-e, the furniture of a family who have recently moved Into Dridgepor from Dayton, Ohio. Smoke ascend- ing; from the cellar gave the firs alarm that a flro had started li the building. Rushing Into (ho basemo.nt, the men discovered tha tho cold air box, located near tho furnace was ablaze. Inasmuch as the water had no linen fumed on In tho now build ing, the situation in which tin men found lliomselve.s wns n so rious one. turned to will a will, however, find fought t witli might and main, unti a (otophone call liad succeeded in bringing (he Htralforu and th TjordKhip 'Park flrr> dopnrtmontn 1 tlio rescue. TTpon (ho arrival o the, firemen the water wa.s turner on. 1 fancliciipped by tho savcv woafhfM- am! a howling1 o wind, llif, lirnmrn hihororl for twi hours under most trying rondi lions lieforo the (lamps wero, dual! placed under control. A mnnhp of 1he fli-pini'ii were obliged to rpii their posts at rrprpiout interval anrl seek the slieller of neighbor Inr housfs. whrro they lhawud oil thc'ii- nearly I'roxcn bnrlirs. At. one. lime, while, llu- fire wa its worst, it looked as if fli might, clean out Ilic cntlr cluster of IIOU.MOS lornlerl In (h immediate, vicinity. Only the ox cello.nl, work of tlir. firomrn rind th fact, that the nearby houses WIT cnnstriiclrd for l.lir most part', o brlflc and saved the lit'J colony from utter destruction. LOCAL FACTORY TO WOMEN TO DRIVE TRUCKS "Wonmn may take tlic place of men In the. im'Instrfcil plants of this city Jis factory messen- gers and motor drivers. A pioneer move Iw.s Iwon tin-, linllanl Tool company, who adver- tise for Ji young wonum lo act as messenger mic'l chauffeur. Asked :is to tlic of the uclvcrtimont, H. BnllMrd. of tin: plant, said, "This is as good a place as any to start women to help us in factory work. There iU'e plenty of men drivers, but llic.y must be spared for the heavier labor. It is not n dilution of labor, but is simply a conserva- tion of man power. It is only a beginning, for as tlic- need '.irises, we shall place more women ut work." K. of C. Set Pace with Campaign Total at End of First Day of Campaign Gives Workers Un- bounded Enthusiasm1 Keen Rivalry Between Teams. Imbued with the spirit of enthusiasm aroused at the dinner attending the opening of the Knights of Columbus campaign the teams engaged in the work of collecting sub- criptions went at their task yesterday with a grim deter- mination. Considering the very unfavorable weather conditions, the amount col- lected was the total subscribed up to yester- day's luncheon reaching 267. A disagreeable, rainy morning had no terrors for ones so inter- ested in their work and the zeal displayed the initial day augurs well for the success of the cam- paign. Good Natiirert Rivalry. A lot of good natured rivalry ha been aroused between the two divi- sions thro'ugh a challenge hurled by General William P. Kirk at his opponent, General George T. Kel- ley, at the opening dinner. How wel the challenge inspired Gen- eral Kelley'p cohorts may be seen by the fact that his regiment Ice by 5865 the opening day. How- ever, General Kirk reports that his board of strategy have plans laid whereby thuy will not only regain the ground lost, but that they wil he several paces in advance a hour on Thursday. Tho amounts collected by the various team captains as reportct o.n Tuesday follow: Team 1, Joseph D. Hartlgan, 2, Dr. A, A McLaughlin, 3, Peter Clark 4, Dr. W. PI. O'Hara, ?500; 5 Daniel P. 1-Iurrigan, 6, Hugl1 Dcvitt, ?100: 7, William T. Rock 8, Stephen Horan, Hugh La very, ?16n; 10, Mrs. W. K Allen, 11, Dr. Uobe.rt B ?5 Jo; 12, Jesse C. PJaniil- Continued on l-l) Middletown Posses Search for Missing 17-Year-Old Schoolgirl Middletown, Jan. posses are being or- ganized here to scour the region around Portland and the outskirts of this city for Esther Strickland, a 17-year-old High school girl who has been missing since Monday after- noon. She is the daughter of Frederick Strickland who operates a quarry in Portland. The girl was last seen when school closed yesterday. Also missing and sought for is an employe of Mr. Strickland who is reported to have been seen in the girl's company after she had left the Portland school. At first it was thought that the pair but in- formation which has reached officials in Portland now in- clines them to believe that the girl is either forcibly detain- ed from going home or has met with foul play. To-morrow the quarry district of Portland will be thoroughly gone over by organized bodies of men in the attempt to find a trace of the missing girl. Police in other towns have been sent a description of the missing man. CZARINA NOW INSANE Amsterdam, Jan. for- mer empress of Russia according to German papers has become in- sane and is now confined to a sani- tariuni at Tobolsk, Siberia. Her condition is reported to be hope- less. Mosel Picked to Take Course for Officers Camp Devens, Aver, MUHS., Jan. 15. 11. iVJoscl of Uridpeport, a nu-mbui- ot the 20-lth infantry, was iiniong tin: additional 10 candidates selectci! for tlia olli- cors' training school in this camp and he lias started In to work for tho commission. K. A. Rice, of N'onvulk is anotho.r (JonncctiL'iit lioy cho.soti and ho, too, will rrport to Colonel X. M. Falls for instruc- tion. Dissatisfied with flic large num- hp.r of rcjectiona made because oL' physiciil unliLiiess al'ter seloetiven havu come into camp, Brigadier Clenei-al William Woigel In iiccord- iiuoo with In.strnellons frnm Ington, will send medical reserve army ofTlcors .'iLKu-lied to this di- to New cities and (.owns explaining more, (icieiira.lely the physical requirements for ail- mission to Mia milioiiiil army. will explain In detail the. army .staivhu-dK and I ho lirsi ollteers will visit Maine and Vermont. It Is estimated that more limn 3.0UU solnclivi'H who c.iin luivrj been sent homo, after examinations, and local eallcil upon for re-placement-; Many more medJcal olllrcrs air. ppc.leil to be sent, out of bere to other states and (his is understood lo mean the novurnmenl is ready to call a second draft. J Loses Six Year Chase to Police Charles A. Long Hunted All over Country for Copper Wipe Robbery Here, Brought Back to Face Trial. Arrested on a warrant years old Charles A. Long was brought to this city last even- ing from Beaumont, Texas by Detective Sergeant Bray and Wi'l be forced to stand trial in tills city for the theft of cop- per wire in 1913 from' the Western Union Telegraph It is alleged that Long stole copper wire valued at from the telegraph company in this city when he was employed by them six years ago. He led the police in a chase over almost the en- tire country and successfully dodged them for six years. The aggressiveness of the police is clearly shown by the fact that although for six years Long has gone from one section of the United States to another the plice of this city have kept after him for wire thefts in this city. in Beaumont1. Liong wag arrested' in Beaumont, Texas, oti December 31, by the po- lice of that on a warrant is- sued in by Superintendent of Police John H. Redgate. The (Continued on Fnfre 17) Mother Takes Poison as Children Sob In their prettily furnished home at Soaview avenue two little children aiic weeping and sobbing their hearls out to-day and con- tinually calling for their_ mother, MrtH Mary ot !Uii5 duaviow avenue, who is lyini; in the Liridije- port hospital between life and death as' Uio result ot: au attempt on her part to end her own life last evening by drinking a quanti- ty of poison. Members of Mrs. Xeuecy.'s family say that they can K'VC no reason as to just why Mrs. at- tempted to take, her own life by drinking poison as every tiling in thoir little, homo ha.s been liir.u.n1 well of latG (iiul lliey havt! never heard her i-omjilaiu abuut tin; way It :.s tliMiiiItt that Mrs. Xeneex. simply bei'a.mc de.spriiidenl. afternoon ,1 Liu- was poison. away '.I'he liiiuid room took- a quantity of bottle containing (lie tleadlv wa.s found lyiiij; by her feel sin- was discovered in her las', cveniii-i when the family eaiiie. in at. ln.ni1. An anibiila lice, from the1 hospital was ealled and the wouian removed to hospital for t i-i> Physicians last even- in1-1: could hold out. no hope for tin! woman's recovery and they .-ay that who ia in a. critical co: cli- tion. Allot City for Draft Cost Government Announces Cut in Remuneration to Board Members, but Local Board Members Ask No New Delinquent Lists. Under the new draft regu- lations which fix the salaries of draft' board members at 30 cents for every registrant finally classified, it is approxi- mately estimated that the draft work in Bridgeport will cost the government These figures are based on the number of questionnaires which were sent out by the division boards of this city. The new method o? remunera- tion provides that the members oC the board may divide equally among them the sum earned by the board, or unequally it: they de- cide that certain members are en- titled to more than others. No member can receive, however, more than half the total sum re- ceived by the board. The new system of payment is designed to be much less involved than wau the old per hour system. Ask IVo Pay. Although Bridgeport's quota through, the new plan amounts to cjuite a sum of money, none oC the local draft officials have re- quested remuneration for their services, it is said. Thursday is the deadline day on which filled out questionnaires can be returned to tho draft boards of Bridgeport. With only two days grace remaining, local boards aro now being flooded with a rush of returned questionnaires. Friends and relatives of delinquents ap- pear daily in large numbers at the Bridgeport draft boards, for the purpose of explaining the reasons for the delay of some registrant in returning his papers. The police department is still actively engaged in rounding up delinquents, and many men oE this class are sent to their local boards by tlie authorities every day. A number ot! local boards have, received back from the Third Ap- pellate District board, question- naires which have been finally classified. Many of these cases are those of men who claimed ex- emption on industrial grounds. Lists. The following list of names of delinquents was turned over to the police, by local Board Division No. 1. John Yurp'ilewicz. 3SO Lafayette street: Peter Rybork, 20 Seaside court; Floyd L. Cancstra, SOO 1'urk avenue: .Frank i'l. l.iodncr, -57 Howard Avenue: Dcmcf.'ios Yios- los. 5Z Kailroad avenue; Marks (.'ralspm. strciM. Ppring- tiolrl. Mass.; John F. I'ver, 509 L'ark avenue; Ktiwar KuJcl, 3-1-I Would Give Relief to Stringency Washington Officials Like This Plan Better than Monday Holiday Sug- gestion Bridgeport Homes to Be Kept Warm. Denial of coal supplies to the less essential industries for a period of a week or longer and a railroad embargo., against the shipment of non- essentials are included in a plan under consideration to-- day by government officials studying means of- relieving the coal famine in the east. A proposal that President Wil- son be asked to declare Monday a. legal holiday in the eastern states, for the next eight or ten weeks and that only industries supplying tho public with necessaries bo permit- ted to operate on that day went to Fuel Administrator Garfield in Washington from a meeting1 of fuel administration officials at New York. May Take Factory Coal. "We will resort to every other procedure first, but if the present conditions continue we will be obliged to take coal from the fac- tories to prevent suffering in the announced local Fuel Ad- ministrator Carl F. Siemon last night The anthracite problem. last night was grave, and was in- tensified by the news received yes- terday that a barge containing GOOS tons of hard coal for Bridgeport had been sunk off City Island. No coal of any kind was received in the harbor yesterday. The announcement that Mr. Siemon made last night bore out his statement of a few days ago that If necessary coal would be taken from all places except hos- pitals to keep families warm. Tha procedure has been backed up completely by an order of tha United States fuel administrator, and this method is about to be tak- en in scveraj sections of the coun- try, by order of Dr. Garfield. In making the- announcement, Mr. Siemon is expressing1 no decision of the local committee, but is carrying out instructions from the national authorities. Keep J'coylc Speaking of the necessity of taking coal from the factories to keep people warm, Mr. Siemon said. last night, "We don't want to take such a step, but we may have to. It is, of course, more than highly desirable that the factories be kept open. But we must protect individuals first, and if taking suf- ficient coal from factories and oth- er places to keep the people warm, means closing those places, then It can't be avoided. (Conlhuii-d on 18) Settles Wage Dispute in Favor of R. Re New York, Jan. All award in favor of (lie Xew York, Xew Haven and Hartford railroad and Us subsidiaries in the cont rnve'-sy with (heir employes in the engine service over wage. schedule was liled by fie arbit ration board in al court here to- da v. decided (hat (lie service was paid foi; properly the payment for serv'ne at freight, rates for the mileage run, wilh overtime on the same b.-isis for y'r.l eir-rii-cnicn for lliis s'.M-v'icc, was ticcoi'diiig lo the schedule.. Invest tin Action is now being taken by. the fuel committee to investigate all cases of hoarding of coal or wood by families in this city. Fol- lowing instructions received from State Fuel Administrator the committee will call for fami- lies or individuals who lave more (Continued on 14) Raid House as Result of Scuffle Fighting in au alleged disorderly house over the same 'young wom- an, brought tho police down on a house at S91i N'ewflcld avenue, said to have been conducted by a nu in be i' of young women and caused tho arrest of Lawrence Perry and Frank Morton. The police entered the, house with the intention of Quieting H fight they heard was taking place there and ended by raiding the place and placing all tho inmates under ar- rest. There wore 10 arrested In tho raid last evening. According lo tho police at the Second precinct police station. where the inmates of the house were booked, this house at 592 _Vc wiicld avenue has run for some lime, ami the poljcc knew nothing aliout it. eveniir-c "Lawver.ee Perry ar.d .Morton, xvli.'i arc said io live :n tho house, had a lisjht over a womau'siiul tho police were aurac'ldl uoiso ot UK- anil arrested U in men. Kroqiicntcrs taken wero Morris I'V'.'ry. l-'r.mK Morton. Lawrence I'ony. Kmi'io. Perry. Nowik-lii avenue., oL' L'L'B North avenue, Lois Powell, street, New York Joseph Uo.-'e. a .Mai tit, i .loh Washington i if and filsley lane. Stephen was arrested and booked at the Sccoc.d precinct. on ;i charge of keep Luc tlio   

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