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1916 VOL LVII1. NO. 239 POPUlAT'-r-8,219 llflBWIPU rnm imcnwrennv nnmnm TEN PAGES 80 COLUMNS PRICE TWO CENTS i v wun ...jjiuiv iiuiuiiwii,. iunm., mtuittouHii uuiuDCn .. f) laio rAUCJ- OU Jixu. w... The Bulletin's Circulation in fich is Double That of Any Other Paper, and Its Total Circulation is the Largestn Connecticut in Proportion to; the City's Population RUMANIANS GAIN I TRANSYLVANIA What Has Been Achieved by the Rumanians in Bul garia Remains Uncertain FIGHTING FROM CONSTANZA TO THE DANUBE An Unofficial Despatch From Rome Says That Field Marshal von Mackensen Has Ordered the Evacuation of the Dobrudja Fortresses Recently Captured by the Teutonic Allies Violent Fighting Has Been in Progress in Rus sia, West of Lutsk, and in Galicia in the Region of the Zlcta Lipa River, With Little Advantage to Either of the Contestants Heavy Rains Are Interfering With the Activities of the British and French Armies in the Somme Region of France. Although the Rumanians continue to gain ground against the Austro-Ger-nians at various points in Transyl vania, the situation in Dobrudja, which has attained added interest since the crossing of the Danube into Bulgaria by Rumanian forces, re mains uncertain. Bucharest says that violent fighting continue? all along the line south of the railroad running from Constanza to the Danube, with the Teutonic al lies offering stubborn resistance to the Rumanian and Russian forces. Noth ing is vouchsafed, however, concerning the troops which invaded Bulgaria. Sofia says that only "several bat talions" of Rumanians made their way across the river and Berlin reports the destruction behind them by Ger man monitors of the pontoon bridges over which they made the passage. An unofficial despatch from Rome asserts that Field Marshal von Mack ensen has ordered the evacuation of the Dobrudja fortresses of Silistria and Turtukai, recently captured by the Teutonic allies, in the fear of their be ing enveloped by the Rumanians. Heavy rains are interfering with the activities of the British and French armies in thi? Somme region of France, but nevertheless . Paris records the cnpture of an important trench north of Rancourt and the taking cf addi tional prisoners, while London says the fighting at Eaucourt 1 Abbaye "is proceeding satisfactorily." Violent fighting has been in pro gress in Russia, west of Lutsk, and in Galicia in the region of the Zlota Lipa river. In the latter region, according to Petrograd, neither the Russians nor the Teutonic allies hove been able to gain any marked advantage. West of Lutsk, according to Petrograd, the Russians made advances but Berlin reports all attacks here were repulsed, COUNT VON BERNSTORFF TO CALL ON PRESIDENT WILSON !t is Understood He Will Present a Personal Letter From Emperor Will iam. Long Branch. N. J., Oct. 3. Count Von riernstorff, German ambassador to tlio United St'. -will call on Presi dent Wilson !.c" ' ri't Monday, it was imnnunred tonight :;;-re Mr. Wilson started on his . merit -trip at 8.30 o'clock. It is understood xh-" ambas sador will present to Mr. Wilson a personal letter from the German em reior replying to autograph messag es sent by the president to the rulers of several European nations urging that a method be agreed upon for getting relief supplies to starving peo ple in Poland. It has been been re ported that the German reply does not tend to bring about an agreement. The entente allies have, taken the po sition that they will allow the ship ment of supplies to Poland if food al ready there is not shipped out or utilized by German and Austrian troops. This position has not met with favor from the German and Aus-tro-IIungariar. governments. It is probable that when all the re plies to the president'3 letters have been received the correspondence will fce made public. The contemplated visit here of Count Von Bernstorff revived reports of possible moves for peace in Europe or of a resumption of Germany's sub marine warfare. Ambassador Gerard is now on his way home from Ber lin. So far as could be established here tonight, however, the coming of the German ambassador to Shadow Lawn has no connection with either of these reports. OIL IS USELESS AS A PREVENTIVE OF FOG Proven by Experiments of Naval Ves sels Along New England Coast. Washington, Oct. S. Prevention of fog at sea in the vicinity of a vessel cannot be accomplished by the distri bution of oil on tne surface of the water. Reports of experiments along this line, as recommended by th3 nav s.1 hydrographic office, indicate that such distribution of oil had no notice able effect on the fog. Four report fro mnaval vessels along the Main and Massachusetts coasts and on the Dela war river show oil is useless in the di minishing or preventing fog. Off Ma rous Hook, Pa,, where there are a number o oil establishments, the U. S. S. Millville on her trial trip ran In to a dense fog. Her captain reported that there was a thick film oil on the water for miles around but the ship tvua fog-bound 12 hours. Imports of Gold. Washington, Oct. 3. Gold imported 'mto the United States from January 1 to September 22 amounted to $384, 150,000, the federal reserve board an nounced today, while in the same pe riod the exports were $93,000,000. In the same period last year the im-1 ports exceeded the axoorts bv J247.171.- the Russians suffering exceptionally heavy casualties. In the attacks, says Berlin, which were preceded by ter rific bombardments, the Russian guard made seventeen unsuccessful on- ; slaughts and another division twelve. As regards the fighting in Mace donia, Sofia admits that the heavy ar tillery fire of the Serbs in the region of Kaimakcalm Height caused the Bulgarians to withdraw to the Mog Le hica calley in order to avoid unneces sary losses, but asserts htat entente attacks alsewhere along the front were repulsed. Berlin records an advance by the Austro-Germans against the British who recently crossed the Struma northwest of Lake Tahinos, while un official advices from Paris say the Bulgarians have abandoned several positions in the Starkov Grob River region and that four towns northwest of Fiorina in Greece have been occu pied by the entente allies. In Albania, according to an Athens despatch, the Austrian military au thorities have occupied Argyro Cas tro, having ordered the Greek military officials there to evacuate the town. Except for the capture by the Itali ans of two iofty peaks held - by-- the Austrians and a continuation of the heavy bombardment by the Austrians of the Carso front in the hands of the Italians, there has been little activity in the Austro-Italian theatre. The Greek situation continues to de velop. King Constantine, according to an Athens despatch, has in his hands the resignation of the members of the cabinet except those of the premier and the foreign minister. It is prob ab'e that the new cabinet wil Icon tain several supporters of Former Premier Venizelos who is in favor of Greece's entry into the war cn the side of the entente allies. PREDICTS FOUR WESTERN STATES ARE GOING DRY Optimistic View by the Prohibition Candidate for President. Omaha, Neb., Oct. 3. At least fouh western states are going dry this year and no state will weaken its dry laws, J. Frank Hanly, the prohibition can didate for president, declared today upon entering Nebraska's hot wet and dry fight. Hanly urged that in the face of this record Nebraska could ill afford to vote wet not onlv for her own sake, but fof the effect the action would have on the national situation. "South Dakota and Montana are go ing dry," Hanly . said. "Utah will elect a dry legislature. Idaho will ratify its dry amendment. Washing ton, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado will either strengthen their dry laws or decline, to weaken them. In Califor nia the wet and dry forces are en gaged in a death struggle. Nevada may vote on the question next year." The candidate's optimistic resume of the western situation evoked ap plause wherever he used it. RELAXING PRECAUTIONS ON INFANTILE PARALYSIS 25 Health Officers in New York, Bal timore and Philadelphia Withdrawn Washington, Oct. 3. Notification by the public health service to state health authorities of children under 16 leaving New York and Baltimore, in stituted during the infantile paralysis epidemic, was discontinued today and twenty-five health officers who have been fighting the disease in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia were with drawn. In announcing this action health service authorities let it be known that they considered further efforts on their part unnecessary, but as a precaution three officers in New York and one in Philadelphia will re main at their posts for the present. The notification system was put in to effect July 15. Health officials here today said it proved a great aid in preventing spread of the disease. Through it state health authorities were informed of the coming " of all children who might have contracted but had not yet developed the disease. NEW YORK'S PERSONAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT Totals $1,100,973,215 List Includes T 78,459 Persons and Corporations. New York, Oct. 3. The city's ten tative personal property assessment for 1917, according to an announce ment today by the department of taxes and assessments, totals $1,100,973,215. The tentative tax for 1916 was $3, 700,000,000 but of this enormous total the city succeeded in collecting on only $376,530,150, the difference hav ing been sworn off. Although a shrinkage of the new list is a foregone conclusion, accord ing to tax officials, it is not expected that it will be as pronounced as this year.s because of the lower tentative assessment. The new list includes 78,459 (persona ana corporations. Cabled Paragraphs Japanese Cabinet About to Resign Tokio, Oct 3. The Nichi Nichi Shimbun in an extra edition an nounces that the cabinet of Premier Count Okuma has decided to resign. The premier Is said to have stated that he would recommend to the em peror the appointment of Viscount Ta kaski Kato as bis successor. British Raid Over Belgium. London, Oct. 3, 2.85 j. m. British naval aeroplanes yesterday made an other attack on the German airship sheds in the vioinity of Brussels, ac cording to a British official statement Issued this afternoon. One of the British aeroplanes was lost. MARKED INCREASE IN THE COST OF LIVING Reports Received From the Principal Market Centers. Washington, Oct. 3. Marked in crease in the cost of living in shown in the rising tendency of prices of foodstuffs on October 1, reports of which are just being received at the department of agriculture from the principal market centers. With flour selling higher than at any time since the Civil war, due princi pally to the shortage of the wheat crop, this year, the cost of potatoes has mounted for like reason. Meat continues to advance with prices al most 24 per cent, over a year ago. But ter, eggs and cheese all are selling higher than last year and beans show and increase of more than 70 per cent. because of the short crop. Onions are more than 50 per cent, higher and cabbages more than 40 per cent, high er. Butter was selling about 12 per cent, higher than a year ago, according to .tie latest statistics available today at the department of agriculture. The price was one cent a pound higher than it had been in the last eight years at this time of the year. Eggs were selling five cents a doz en higher than last year but was low er for the period than in several of the last eight years. Potatoes were selling 116 per cent, higher than a year ago. Cheese showed an inccrease in price of more than 25 per cent, over a year ago and was higher than it had been in the last eight years. Hogs were selling 25 per cent, high er than a year ago, beef cattle more than 7 per cent, higher, veal calves more than 10 per cent, higher; sheep more than 8 ped cent, higher and lambs more than 20 per cent, higher. RESIGNATION OF GREEK CABINET IN HANDS OF KING Effort Will be Made to Give the New Ministry a National Character. Athens, Noon, via London, 10:25 p. m. The resignations of all the cabinet ministers except the premier, Nikolas Kalogeropoulos, and the minister Gf foreign affairs, Alexandre Carapanes', are now in the hands of the ng.-The' cabinet will be arranged probably so that several supporters of M. Venize los. the former premier, will hold port folios, thus giving the new ministry a national character. Orders have been issued to the roy alist newspapers to cease attacking M. Venizelos in view of the co-operation of his adherents with the new govern ment. ENGLAND SEIZES GOLD FROM AN AMERICAN Naturalized Citizen Reports $10,000 Taken from Him at Kirkwall. New York, Oct. 3. Hans Lagerslof, an American citizen of Swedish par entage, who arrived today on the Swedish -American line steamship Stockholm, from Gothenberg and Kirkwall, reported that on the out ward passage of the steamship he had been held at Kirkwall by the British port authorities and $10,000 in gold which he carried was seized. Lagerslof said that the gold was taken from him on the suspicion that he was bringing it to Germany. Al though finally permitted to return to this country, Lagerslof declared that his money has not been restored to him. FRANCE ENROLLING YOUNG MEN OF THE CLASS OF 1918 Action Taken Preapratory to Their Being Called to the Colors. Paris, Oct. 3, 5:15 p. m. A memo randum attached to a bill Introduced in the chamber of deputies by the minister of war. General Roques, au thorizing the enrollment of the young men of the class of 1918 preparatory of their being called to the colors, ex plains that the military instruction of the class of 1917 is about completed. The youths of the class of 97 were enrolled upon their reaching the age of 18. When the members of the class of 1918 are enrolled they will be six months older than the preceding class and will not be actually incorporated into the army until later, when parlia ment passes a special law. GIRL KIDNAPPED FOUR YEARS AGO IS RETURNED Indianapolis Child ' Had Been Left in Canada by a Woman. Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 3. A hunt for Lorine Merriman, 9 years old, kid napped from the home of her aunt, Mrs. Luelle Overman, here four years ago, which extended twice across the continent, ended today when the girl was returned to Indianapolis from Grand Forks, B. C. Advertisements for Katherine Winters, of Newcastle, Ind., who has been missing since 1913, led to the finding of the Merriman child in the Canadian home. The child had been left in Canada by a woman who for a time paid for her board. The woman Is supposed to have been the girl's mother. Taft to Lecture at Wesleyan. Middletown, Conn., Oct. 3. Former President William H. Taft will lec ture in Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan university, on Oct. 10, it was 'an nounced today. His eubject will be Our World Relations. Mr. Taft re ceived an honorary degree from Wes leyan at the inauguration of President William Arnold Shanklin. 417 Arrestes for Counterfeiting Last Year. Washington, Oct. 80. During the fiscal year ended June 80, according to a treasury department report made putlic today, there were 417 arrests of supposed counterfeiters, of whom 229 were conviated and 19 acquitted; 114 cases are pending, and 65 were lost in thr vavs More Troops to Leave Border FIRST CONNECTICUT AMBULANCE CO. AMONG THEM TROOP M, R. I. CAVALRY All National Guard Troops Now in Mobilization Camps Are to be Sent to the Border to. Relieve Those Now There. Washington, Oct. 3. The following national guard organizations will be sent to their home- station for mus tering out as soon as the Michigan contingent which has been ordered south, reaches the border:. The First Kansas Infantry; Troop M. Rhode Island Cavalry; Troop A, Massachusetts Cavalry; Company A, Pennsylvania Engineers; the New Jer sey Signal company; First Connecti cut Ambulance company; New Jersey First Ambulance company and First Field Hospital. Secretary Baker said all national guard troops now in mobilization camps would be sent to the border "in the immediate future" and in each in stance organizations on the border would be returned tot heir home sta tions uppn the arrival of new units. The secretary's statement was the first announcement that the war de partment had adopted a policy calling for border service for all the national guardsmen before they are mustered out. It has been understood for sev eral weeks, however, that this course would be pursued. Department officials expect the last of the units to be moving toward the border within the next week or ten days. HOLLAND IS CARING FOR GERMAN CHILDREN Dutch Nation is Confronted With a Neuthadity Puzzle Thereby. Amsterdam, Netherlands, Oct. 3. In the Amsterdamener, Professor Van Hamel, the distinguished authority on law, describes the -bringing of some thousands of German children to Holland as the latest moral puzzle that confronts the Dutch national. He says it would indeed be a terrifying pros pect if Holland, in order to escape the imputation of unmercif ulness, had to provide lodging for some hundreds of thousands of German women and children. He continues: "To act in such ways as a restaurant for Ger many, who is suffering under the starvation -war, could, not easily be considered as in accord with our striving after unimpeachable neutr.il"" ty. It would expose us immediately of itself to scarcity of food, and mere ovcer pretty certainly put a stop to imports from the Allies. While the Allies render possible imports for our own internal consumption it would be too much of a good thing to permit all Germany to come here and eat in Hol land. "But still there is a great difference between such a case and the simple fact that a couple of thousand hungry and underfed German children are well treated here, for a short time. It must be remembered, however, that there exists a great difference between friendly philanthropy and organized evasion of the starvation policy of the Allies. For the present we see in the entire plan and solely the first (friendly phi lanthropy) and we expect too that it shall continue such." NAVAL LESSONS TAUGHT BY THE EUROPEAN WAR Are Being Well Analyzed by United States Naval Constructors San Francisco, Oct. 3. Lessons of the European war, especially those taught by submarines and torpedo at tack, have been so well analyzed by United States naval constructors that the new oil and electric superdread nought California will be able to make port in spite of numerous and severe torpedo wounds, say navy engineers. The 1,022 bluejackets who will man the battleship under 58 officers, how ever, probably will divide their, ad miration between this, her dozen fourteen inch guns, and some of the many electrical devices, such as the electric potato peeler in the galley, the. electric-driven ice-cream freezer, or the electric dish-washing machine with a capacity of 1,000 dishes an hour. Use of electricity on the California begins with her main engines, driven by motors supplied . with current by generators turned by steam turbines of 28,000 horsepower. There will be practically no work done on shipboard directly by steam, and the "black gang" of tradition, instead of heaving tons of coal per hour into ever hungry furnaces, will manipulate levers con trolling oil-burners under the boilers. These latter will be the usual water tube type, but new methods of instal lation hflVA hAQn rlaviaa f . ; . woioi.u lui JJiaULlC- Ually all the California's engine and uuiici -rouni equipment, it is said. It is understood that the new tor pedo and mine-proof construction Is gained by an improved method of bulkhead building. The bulkheads are to be of steel, but less rigid than the ordinary types, and resistance is said to have been increased 25 to 30 per cent. A clipper bow, Instead of the con ventional navy ram, will distinguish the California, and she will have two cage masts bearing fire control plat forms. REDUCTION OF THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL IN BEER Advocated at Convention of the Mas ter Brewers' Association. Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 3, A reduction in the amount of alcohol in beer was advocated by speakers at the annual convention of the Master Brewers' as sociation, which ended here today. Hugh S. Fox, secretary of the United States Brewers' asosciation said the solution of the wfhile liquor problem would be prohibition of the sale of spirituous liquors and license for the sale of beers and light wines low ta alcohol. George J. Meyer of Buffalo announc ed two scholarships of $250 each for college students who include in their studies something relating to the brewing of beer. William F. Cart hause of St. Louis, was elected presi dent of the association. For Armenian and Syrian Relief CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED YESTERDAY $5,000,000 IS WANTED An Exhaustive Summary of the Situa tion Will be Sent to Ministers of 120,000 Churches all Over the Coun try. Washington, Oct. 3. The greatest American relief campaign to be under taken since organization of the Bel gian Relief Commission was launched today by the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief. An ex haustive summary of . the whole Ar menian and Syrian situation was made public and will be sent to ministers of 120.000 churches all over the coun try and to many leading citizens and relief organizations. A fund of $5,000, a 000 is called for to relieve 1,000,000 destitute, exiled and starving Armen ians and Syrians scattered broadcast over Turkey, Persia, Syria and Pales tine. The appeal declares that of nearly two million Armenians origi nally in their native country, three quarters of a ' million have been mas sacred or have died of wounds, dis ease or exhaustion since the war be gan. Turkey Has Consented. The state department, through ur gent negotiations, recently secured Turkey's consent to extension of American relief, provided it is distrib uted jointly by the American Red Cross and the Turkish Red Crescent. Today it was announced that the al lied blockade had been lifted to al low passage of the supplies. October 21 and 22 have been set aside by pro clamation by President Wilson as re lief days and the appeal being sent broadcast by the committee calls for sermon in every ipulpit of the country and articles in every newspaper. Some Armenians Cannot be Reached. Some of the Armenians cannot be reached at present, since Turkey's consent has not been extended as yet to Armenia proper. Many thousands will be found in Persia, however, and in the sections recently conquered by the Russians, as well as in Syria. In this latter section, the appal declares, the situation has been made even more terrible by restrictions of the allied blockade and the scarcity of Turkish railroads, by the exportation of sup plies for the Turkish armies and by the destruction of other supplies by a virulent locust scourge. .People Eating Grass .and Locusts "People were found eating grass, herbs and locusts, ,K said the committee in describing its investigation of con ditions there, "and in desperate cases dead animals and human bodies are reported to have been eaten. In some cases men were lined up so that several could be shot with one bullet in order not to waste ammu nition. A mother said that not a girl above 12 (and some younger) in the village of ( ) escaped violation. The people kill and -eat street dogs. A short time ago they killed and ate a dying man. Daughters Outraged, Then Killed. "Of 450 from one village only one woman lives; she saw her husband and three sons tied together and shot with one bullet to save ammunition. She saw her daughters outraged and then killed. She was carried away by a Kurd, but escaped by night, riaked and after terrible suffering fell in with some refugees. "In the literal sense of the word, 100,000 to 120,000 Armenians arrived at Etchmiadzin, stripped even of their outer garments. There 11,000 people died and 40,000 more in the country. Hundreds Dying of Starvation. "In Aleppo relief funds are so in adequate that many exiles in the des titute places have only grass to ,eat and they are dying of starvation by the hundred. Erzrook seems to have been dealt with most savagely. Less than 200 Armenians out of 20,000 have escaped death or deportation. "Of the first caravan of 600 people sent from Deir Zor to Ana the Arabs killed 500 on the way. In a native letter from Haleb ast week the num ber of orphans at that place was es timated at 25,000. Some of the vil lages lost more than one-third of their population." ENORMOUS TRANSACTION OF NEW YORK CLEARING HOUSE Average Daily for the Year Up to Sept. 2 Amounted to $512,510,303. New York, Oct. 3. Total transac tions of the New York Clearing House for the year ended September 30 exceeded 155,000,000 dollars, break ing all previous records, according to the annual report made public today. Total transactions since the organiza tion of the clearing house nearly sixty-three years ago were nearly three trillions of dollars. The year's transactions, compared with the previous year, were as fol lows: 1915-16 1914-15 Exch'ges $147,180,709,461 $90,842,707,724 Balances 8,561,624,447 5,340,846,740 Totals 155,742,333,908 96,183,554,464 Total" transactions since organiza tion are: Exchanges $2,747,057,458,238 Balances 131,699,611,455 Total $2,878,757,069,693 The average daily transactions for the year amounted to $512,10,308. On September 2 transactions reached a total of $1,112,282,206, the largest on record for one day. The clearing house association is now composed of 29 national banks 16 state banks and 15 trust com panies. The federal reserve bank of New York and the Assistant Treasur er of the United States also make their exchanges at the clearing house, . as well as 21 non-member banks, and trust companies. Frank A. Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank, was re-elected president of the association today and William Sherrer manager. Movements of Steamships. Liverpool, Sept. 29. Sailed : steamer Northland, Montreal. The Difference. Campaign text-books differ from the others in that whereas the ordinary kind is the beginning of studious labor, the campaign variety is the end of labored Journal. study. Milwaukee Condensed Telegrams Exports of explosives during the month of August totaled $74,777,977. Col. Lukoff has been appointed chief of the general staff of the Bulgarian army. Shipments of fresh and cured meats from Chicago last week totaled 48,163, 000 pounds. Shipments of cotton from Galveston to foreign countries last month were 180,600 bales. Six hundred workers employed at the De Nobili Cigar Co., at Brooklyn, went on strike. Six new cases of infantile paralysis were reported yesterday to the state board of health. The Western Power Co., of Canada, Ltd., was incorporated with a capital stock of $10,000,000. During September, United States mints coined 35,268,000 pieces of metal, valued at $2,067,380. An unidentified man was killed by a New York Central train in the tunnel under Sing Sing prison. Reginald Douglas, of Au Sable Forks, N. Y., was killed while deer shooting in the Adirondacks. The Paraguayan railways complete ly suspended operations because of disorders in the railway strike. Three hundred and fifty-four retir ed Minnesota school teachers got their first pension from the state fund. The exports of copper in September amounted to 29,803 tons, compared with 14,827 tons in September, 1915. The state board of pharmacy ex amined 20 applicants for state certifi cates to prcatice pharmacy yesterday. Four persons were injured- when a car in Manhattan Street jumped the switch and crashed into a Broadway car. Peter Morrell, of Williamsburg, was shot and seriously wounded by an un identified man who had been concealed in a doorway. ....... Archie Roosevelt, son of the Colonel was fined $25 at Mineola for driving his car 35 miles an hour on the Jericho Turnpike. y Dr. Joseph Byrne, a professor in Fordham University, arrived at New York on the steamer Philadelphia atfer a visit to Ireland. Antonio Federici was placed on trial in Newark, N. J., charged with having shot and killed Patrolman Robert J. Shannon, at Cedar Grove, on Dec. 17, last. Manton W." "Wyvatl, a representative of the -State department,- returned to New York, on the American liner Fin land from a special mission to Eng land. One man and seven horses were burned to death in a fire which de stroyed the stable of William Mathew son at Pawtucket, N. Y., at a loss of $10,000. Billy Sunday is coming to convert New York city in April, May and June, 1917. The tabernacle will be erected on the old Yankee baseball grounds. The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. announced that it had extended the leaves of absence of its employes at the Mexican border until Nov. 1 with full pay. Among the incorporation papers filed in the state secretary's office were Winona Mills Hosiery corporation, $200,000; Behn Brothers, Greenwich, $500,000. Reports made public at the War Department show that it cost $25,000 last month to recruit 372 men in New York for the National Guard in the Federal Service. ' The Interstate Commerce Commis sion has suspended until Dec. 29, a proposed increase of 50 per cent in rates on iron and steel articles for export through Pacific terminals. In a letter to Louis Macon, of Switzerland president of the league of neutral countries, Theodore Roosevelt applauds the league's recent denunci ation of . the invasion of Belgium. General Funston notified the War Department that the three regiments of Pennsylvania Infantry to be re turned from the border to home sta tions were First, Third and Tenth. The first ambulance for carrying in fantile paralysis victims to hospitals for treatment was put into service in New York. It was purchased by the Woman's American Supply League. Charles C. Dickinson, a former of ficial in the Carnegie Trust Co., died insolvent. The report of Appraiser Ludden shows that Dickinson had as sets of $40,038 and liabilities of of $413,043. Infantile paralysis caused 150 deaths in Massachusetts during the months of July, August and September, according- to statistics compiled by the state department of health. Alfred Schaller of Torrington plead ed guilty of assault with" intent to kill his wife in the superior court yes terday and Judge Bennett sentenced him to the state prison for from two to four years. The body of Mrs. Sophie Lamb, who had been missing from the Brooklyn State Hospital for the Insane for more than a month, was found in the brush on the Winthop Street side of the hos pital grounds. While driving a motorcycle to which was attached a sidecar, Victor Hack er, of Lititz, Pa., lost control of the machine and it overturned, killing Norman Nicall, one of the occupants of the sidecar. Gifts varying from $2 to $7,000 reaching a total of $40,000 were an nounced by the Trustees of Columbia University. The largest gift from an anonymous doner toward the main tenance of the legislative drafting re search bureau. The Independent, which six months ago absorbed Harper's Weekly, an nounced last night that it had pur chased the Countryside Magazine known as Suburban Life, until two t years ago. It will be continued as a monthly publication. STREET GARS COLLIDE IN CLEVELAND Collision Occurred On the West Third Street Bridge, Causing It to Collapse CARS DROPPED 30 FEET Two Bodies Have Been Recovered and Several Other Dead Are Believed to be in the Wreckage More Than Thirty Are in Hospitals There Were Forty Persons on One Car and Twenty on the Other The Accident Was Caused by a Car Crowded With Women Shoppers Breaking Away From the Motorman on a Hill Approach ing the Bridge The Runaway Car Jumped the Track and Crashed Into a Car Coming in an Opposite Direction. Cleveland, O., Oct. 3. Two persons were killed and more than thirty in jured as the toll of a bridge tragedy here early this evening when two street cars collided on the West Third street bridge, causing it to collapse. The cars dropped thirty feet to the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks, where they almost rolled into the Cuyahoga river There were forty persons on one car and twenty on the other. It was at first believed that the death list would reach fifty, but later it was found that while dozens were hurt only a few had been killed. The accident occurred when a south bound Scranton road car carrying home a crowd of women shoppers in the rush hour broke away from the motorman on a hill approaching the bridge and tore down uport.the north approach to the bridge just as a north bound car reached the same point. The runaway car jumped the, track and struck the northbound car. The com bined weight of the two cars and the shock of the collision made the wood en bridge sag. Then it gave way. Edna Waddington, a telephone oper ator employed by the Erie Railroad company, saw the accident from where she sat at her switchboard and turned in a call for ambulances, doctors and the fire department. Hundreds within earshot of the scene heard the shrieks and cries of pain and terror as the cars carried their burden, for the most part women, to death or imurv.. - - The worlebrreSc ifoWftaTf'a once. Those who had not Jwieafcseriously in jured extricated themselves and then gave aid to those less fortunate. It was not long before thirty nad been taken out and carried to hospitals. Some are probably fatally injured and COLONEL ROOSEVELT AND W. H. TAFT SHOOK HANDS. Each Said "How Do You Do?" Bowed and Passed On. New York, Oct. 3. Theodore Roose velt and William H. Taft clasped hands for a moment tonight at the Union League club's reception to Charles E. Hughes. "How do you do?" said Mr. Taft. "How do you do?" Mr. Roosevelt re plied. . Each bowed, and Mr. Roosevelt passed on to shake hands with other guests, leaving Mr. Taft to greet those who followed. A few minutes later Mr. Roosevelt took his place in the receiving line. He stood between Mr. Hughes and Chauncey M. Depew. Just fbe other side of Mr. Depew stood Mr. Taft. Thus, standing in the same receiving line, they shook hands with the hun dreds of club members and their guests who filed past during the evening. They did not meet again, however, or exchange any other word than the commonplaces cf greeting. "We 6hook hands," Mr. Taft said afterwards, "just like any gentlemen would shake hands. Colonel Roosevelt declined to com ment on the meeting. After the handshaking was over and the library was cleared,' Elihu Root, president of the club, escorted Mr. Hughes through a flag-draped corridor to a small platform in the main club room. Beneath a life-size picture of Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Root again in torduced theinominee, and Mr. Hughes made a brief address. Colonel Roosevelt and Mr. Taft were called on by Mr. Root, and each re sponded with a ehort talk. The meeting between Colonel Roose velt and Mr. Taft was the first since April 13, 1915, at New Haven, Conn., when both were pallbearers at the fu neral of Thomas R. Lounsbury, long time professor of English at Yale uni versity and a close friend of 'both. On that occasion they merely shook hands, exchanging no word. MILITARY AERONAUTICS ARE CONDUCTED WITH ENERGY Invesetigation Failed to Substantiate Allegations of Inefficiency. Washington, Oct. . The special war department board, which investigated military aeronautics reported today that its inquiry not .only failed entire ly to substantiate allegations of in efficiency on the part of army officers, but clearly established that develop ment of this branch-of the service is being conducted with energy and fore sight. . . . , - . A war department statement on the report replied to criticisms against the service which took the form of inspired editorials appearing in the metropolitan press and in statements signed by Mr. Henry Woodhouse and Mr. Alan R. Hawley, both of the Aero Club of America,, and declared that "as far as this branch is concerned, the nation can view the future with con fidence and serenity." Will of Seth Low. New Tor, Oct. 3. The' will of Seth Low, 1 twice mayor of Brooklyn, once mayor of Greater New York, which was Sled in White Plains to day, leaves the bulk of an estate es timated at more than $4,000,000 to his widow, Annie W. S. Low. A number Of bequests are made to relatives, friends and employes - ' , TO RAILROAD TRACKS the death list will undoubtedly be swelled from this source. The portion of the bridge which fell is just, north of the river. It is twenty-five years old. The main part of the structure was washed away in the 1912 flood and was replaced the same year by another wooden bridge bought In Detroit and brought here. . Mayor Harry L. Davis and Public Utilities Director Thomas S. Farrell promised to conduct a strict inquiry in an effort to place the responsibility for the disaster. Motorman. H. T. Daniel of the south bound runaway car escaped serious in Jury, but his conductor is dead. Daniel said the brakes of his car failed to work and it dashed down the hill, out upon the bridge, jumped the track and crashed into the other car. "I felt the bridge tremble wnen the cars came together ana ootn cars fell with the bridge," said Daniel. The southbound car was smashed flat by the force of the crash. How anyone escaped from it alive is almost beyond comprehension. No part of its framework is left intact. The north bound car was badly damaged. The dead whose bodies have been recovered include Otto Dorchert, con ductor of the southbound car, O. O'Keefe, motorman of the northbound car, and two unidentified women. A delivery wagon and horse, manned by a driver, which was on the col lapsed portion of the bridge, also went down with the structure. The fate of the driver could not be learned. Delay in searching the wreckage was occasioned by the fear that removal of the debris might cause the remain der of the bridge, which is greatly weakened, to fall. The entire bridge is 300 feet long. Baltimore and Ohio railway and all street car traffic operating over the structure is at a standstill. NEK YORK GETTING ONLY HALF USUAL SUPPLY OF MILK Thorough Investigation to be Under- , taken at Once by a Commission. New York, Oct. 3. Thorough inves tigation of the controversy between the Dairymen's League and the milk distributors of New York which re sulted today in a shortage of nearly 50 ; per cent, in the city's normal supply, Will be undertaken at once by a com mission to be appointed by Mayor Mitchel, it was announced after a conference late today. , At the conferences were the mayor. District Attorney Swann, members of the Dairymen's League and represen tatives of the large distributing com panies. Mayor Mitchel said he had sent for the members of the league, as well as representatives of the dis- ; tributing firms, "to see if there is any basis upon which their controversy might be settled." His conference with the distributors preceded that with the producers. Another confer ence with the distributors will be held tomorrow. The mayor said the dis tributors expressed a fear that they might be violating the Donnelly Act, f an anti-trust measure, if they agreed upon a fixed price for milk such as is being sought by the producers. Dis trict Attorney Swann asserted, how ever, that ho did not believe the Don nelly act would apply in case the dealers accepted the price scale set by the producers. $50,000 DAMAGE LUMBER . FIRE AT SALEM, MASS. Help Was Called From Other Places as a Heavier Loss Was Feared. Salem, Mass., Oct. 3. Fire damaged the extensive lumber plant of N. P. Gifford and Sons to the extent of $50000 today. The plant is located on Bridge street, near the tracks of the Boston & Maine Railroad and as there are many wooden structures in the district, a heavier loss was feared at first, and help was called from other places. OBITUARY. Colonel Robert C. McKinney. Greenwich, Conn., Oct. 3. Colonel Robert C. McKinney, chairman of the board of directors of Niles. Brement and Pond company. New York machin ists, died at his home at Belle Ha ven today after a long illness, aged 64. He was president of the New York Ma chinery club and a member of other prominent- metropolitan organizations. He was a colonel on tha staff of Gov ernor Bushnell of Ohio. Rev. Dr. John Peter Jones. Hartford, Conn., Oct. 3. Rev. Dr. John Peter Jones, for 36 years a Con gregational missionary in India, a lecturer, and author of works on re ligious subjects, died tonight after a long illness, aged 69. His best known work is "Christa of the Christ," which is used as & text book in colleges. He is survived by his wife, four daught. ers and a son, the latter being Pro fessor Edward F. Jones of Northwest ern University. . Killed By an Auto Truck. Stamford, Conn., Oct. 3. While Walking toward his home on the Bos ton post road, ton.ht, John Jessup, aged 40, was struck by an auto truck and instantly killed. The driver, John J. Smith of New Rochelle, N. Y., was held by the police. There are 400 cases of typhoid fevec in Harrisbursr. Pa.