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Gpyernment To Make
New York, Feb. 16 An appeal directly to President Wil
son to intervene in the strike of ship yard workers engaged on
government contracts will be made today by the United Broth
erhood.of Carpenters and Joiners, it was announced by officers
of the organization hej-e today. .
Approximately 50 per cent, of the
shipyard workers in the New York
district are on strike today, according
to claims made by the Brotherhood
officials, including T. M. Guerin, mem
ber of the executive committee.
The strike would spread from New
York to other cities along the Atlantic
coast they said, unless wage demands
were granted. The number of men i
out here was ceciarea iu ur i.ciwcw. .
7,000 and 8,000 '
Chairman Hurley of tne hnippms, ; ers saidi an(J tie up th(J &:overnment
Board, General Manager Piez of the . shipping program.
Emereencv Fleet Corporation, and v. i
lmersemy r y v . Despite an appeal last night by
Everit Mary, chairman of the Labor . ' u , :
. ,T 1 t. a with ' VVll."am L- Hutcheson, president of
t rtrZ ' United Brotherhood of Carpen-
la;zl"rreasShinStn t0toy n 1 -woXtrurt:
Theeftoct of the Shipping Board's j ment to aa-i"st the difficulty, the ex
second appeal to striking carpenters in j ecutlve committee of the Marine
eastern ship yards to return to worn
riin settlement of their grie-an?es
by the Wage Adjustment Board was
anxiously awaited at Washington to
day. The board's renewed request
was made by Chairman Hurley last
night in a telegram to William Li.
Hutcheson, president of the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Join
ers, virtually demanding that he send
the striking ship building employes
back to their jobs. Earlier, in the day
Hutcheson had answered a previous
appeal with a communication declar
ing it would be impossible to act un
til he had some definite proposition
from the Shipping Board as to work
ing conditions.
Although nothing had come from
the Shipping Board early today to in
dicate that Hutcheson had replied to
Y'hairman Hurley's second telegram,
I he union chief was quoted in New
P'ork as saying that tho action of the
?ren in going out does not meet with
his approval,
v What steps the government will
take if the situation, which virtually
is paralyzing the ship building pro
gram, remains unchanged, has not
heeit, indicated, but President Wilson is
known to be giving the matter his
. personal attention and is following
every development. "
The appeal to the president, Mr.
Guerin said, would suggest a com
promise similar to that which was
effected last October between the gov
ernment and navy yard carpenters
who were then threatening to strike.
At that time the navy yard workers
wanted $660 a day, similar to the
wage which ship yard workers are re
ceiving on the Pacific coast today.
Secretary Daniels and Assistant Secre
tary Roosevelt called the heads of the
carpenters' union into conference in
Washington, Mr. Guerin was said, and
an agreement was reached fixing an
eight hour day, a wage of $4.88, a 5
per cent, bonus under certain condi
tions, and two weeks' vacation and all
holidays with pay equivalent in all
to $5.90 a day.
Such a compromise now in favor of
the ship yard workers would be ac
ceptable, Mr. Guerin declared.
The situation at the ship yards in
Baltimore and vicinity, where 1,000
carpenters, joiners and caulkers are
on trike, was declared to be un
changed this morning, with the ex
ception that the ranks of the strik
ers had been increased by the walk
out of 20 carpenters at the yards of
the Coastwise Ship Building Co.
These men did not 'report for work
under orders of their union leaders, -t
was said. The caulkers went out yes
terday in sympathy with the carpen
ters. That the action of the striking ship
wojkers was taken because of a de
mand for a "closed shop" was denied
today by John Morgan, general or
ganizer of the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America.
"Our demands are that the men now
oat receive the same working condi
tions as those on the Pacific coast,"
he said. "We are firm in these de
mands." With respect to charge of pro-German
influencethat were made by one
ship building head here, Mr. Morgan
declared that "no pro-German senti
ment exists in our organization and
Washington, Frb. ifl Increased shipments of coal for New
England are to be made from the tidewater supply in Hampton
roads, the United States fuel
The decision was made after con
ferrfng with the navy department,
which is interested in the work done
by many New England factories.
The shipments will be in addition
to the regular order of 600 cars a day
ror New England. It is thought that
with improved conditions in trans
portation it will be possible to speed
New York, Feb. 15 Five hundred
thousand New Testaments hav JacS
been ordered for the soldiers in this
country by the supply department of
the National War Work Council of the
Young Men's Christian association, it
This makes
rs Reauestins
we will not tolerate any."
Unless the United States shipping
board takes definite action imme
diately on the wage demands of the
striking ship carpenters at Staten Isl
and and other yards in this vicinity,
union officials declared today that the
walkout, which already has affected
2,000 men, will spread, not only over
the New Tork district( but all along
tne Atlantic seaboard. This would
involve 15,000 men here, union lead-
to voted at a secret mceUng to
issue the strike -call. Officials early
today would not venture an opinion
as to how generally President Hutch
eson's appeal would be heeded, but
they expressed their belief that "a
large number" would respond to the
call to strike.
President Hutcheson, in a state
ment last night, "resented the im
pression" that the carpenters were
not loyal to the administration in the
conduct of the war. The carpenters
insist that their demands have been
in the hands of the shipping board for
months, but have been set aside re
peatedly without action. They as
sert that they ask only for an investi
gation of wage conditions, with a
view to an agreement similar to that
made on the Pacific coast.
Mr. Guerin announced that he had
received today a telephone message
from a ship building corporation at
Edgewa.ter, N. J., saying it had set
tled with its men on a basis of $6.60 a
day, pending an understanding be
tween the government and the ship
yard workers generally.
Mr. Hutcheson said he had not yet
received the second telegram sent to
him yesterday by Chairman Hurley of
the United States shipping board, re
questing him to direct the men to re
turn to work. Until Mr. Hurley's
message reached him, he declared, he
would r.ot comment on Its text.
His appeal to the president today,
Mr. Hutcheson said, would ask the
president to persuade Chairman Hur
ley to formulate a memorial, to be
presented to shin carpenters through
out the country, setting forth a mini
mum wage which the government
might he willing to pay.
Explaining this phase of the situa
tion, Mr. Guerin said Chairman Hur
ley desired to have the carpenters
sign an agreement that they would
abide by any wages that the labor ad
justment board might fix. The car
penters would not sign such a docu
ment. Mr. Guerin aserted, at least un
til they were given some idea as to
the amount of the minimum wage.
Brotherhood leaders asserted today
that there were about 5,000 carpenters
idle here, owing to scarcity of mate
rial, in addition to the strikers; and
that throughout the country there
were 51,000 carpenters idle who had
been employed on cantonfnents and
who would be turned into ship build
ings workers with only a little train
ing. These estimates were given out,
it was said, to show that there was
plenty of labor available for carrying
out the government's ship building
P'.ogram if higher wages were paid.
Contrary to the claims of the broth
erhood leaders, information reaching
Shipping board officials here at noon
indicated that fewer than 1,100 ship
a n-oro rn strike tnrlav in
yiiiu 1 ' " ' 1 "
the New York district.
The government has rejected a pro
position by the carpenters that the
ship workers be allowed to place a
representative on the labor adjustment
board of the emergency fleet corpora
tion to settle the present wage con
troversy, it was announced by Mr.
Guerin. The ship workers wanted to
appoint such a representative with the
right to vote and with powers equal
to those held by government repre
sentatives. administration announced today.
up movement of fuel both by rail and
by water.
The decision to continue heatlcss
Mondays in New England was made
unanimous when the New Hampshire
federal fuel administrator gave notice
today of his approval of the action
of the other fuel administrators for
that territory.
'total of 1,700,000 New Testaments
bought by the association for army
men during the last few months.
"New Testaments are greatly in de
mas4 !I ttwvr the country for our
men," a Y. M. C. A. leader said. "They
are not ornaments. They are water
proofed, for use in all kinds of weath
er. They are for serious men, en
gaged in preparation for serious busi-
a I xiess.'
Washington, Feb. 15. President Wil
son was charged with deliberately in
jecting politics into the controversy
over war efficiency by Senator Weeks,
a Republican member of the military
committee, in a speech today vigor
ously criticising the war department
and other branches of the govern
ment, i
Supporting the military committee's
war cabinet and munition director
bills as a constructive, non-partisan
effort to aid and not embarrass Presi
dent Wilson- in unifying America's
war force, Senator Weeks detailed de
lays and difficulties of the govern
ment's military preparations. He de
clared that lack of a central body to
make and direct all of the govern
ments' war plans is largely responsi
ble for present and past troubles.
In his charge against President Wil
son the senator said:
"Not a question indicating partisan
ship was raised until the president de
liberately injected politics into the sit
uation by an, attack on the chairman
of the committee (Senator Chamber
aim (Democrat), and the committee
itself and by calling to the White
House manv Democratic party lead
ers, not for consultation purposes, but"
to insist that a discussion oi tnis
question on the floor of the senate be
prevented if possible. Have we come
to a pass that the action of the most
important committee in congress at
this time is to be forbidden by the
president ?"
Referring to Secretary Baker, Sen
ator Weeks said after praising many
army achievements:
"Neither do I wish to unjustly or
unreservedly criticise the head of the
war department. He has had to deal
with a multitude of questions, tne ais
posal of many of which meet my ap
proval. It would require too much
time to enumerate. The secretary has
cone that effectively in his speech to
the committee Janj. 28
"If I were to criticise the secretary
personally it would be that he has
undertaken to do too many things
himself, some of which might have
been left to subordinates. If I were
to make a further criticism it would
relate to his temperamental relation
ship to the war. Doubtless he him
self would admit that he is a pacifist
by nature. For example, even now
he is opposed to universal military
training and I cannot divorce myself
from the conclusion, based on his
cwn testimony, that he has been in
clined to plan for prosecution of the
war and this condition has to some
degree permeated the department
on the basis that we're 3,000 miles
away from the front, instead of has
tening preparation with all the vigor
we would exercise if our borders were
the battle front."
Referring to Mr. Baker's reply when
asked by the committee whether oth
er men could not have done things
better, that he did not know all the
men in the world and could not
judge their capabilities Senator Weekj
said the answer was "somewhat flip
pant' 'and that it is impossible to ex
pect a department whose head makes
such a statement to make many
changes which an outside investiga
tion has shown .to be necessary.
"One of the notable features of the
present situation," Senator Weeks
contended, "is the virulence used in
attacking those who favor the com
mittee's plan of centralization." They
are referred to as plotters, mischiev
ous meddlers and even as servitors
of the enemy. Every means of false
suggestion has been used to discredit
a sincere and loyal attempt to make a
change which will materially increase
the efficiency of our war administra
tion." Asserting that it is "physically im
possible" for the president to indi
vidually co-ordinate and direct all
the government's functions, Senator
Weeks added:
"Can it be possible that the presi
dent will be embarrassed by such a
cabinet? It would seem as if he
would be embarrassed to a greater
extent by a perpetuation of the dis
jointed situation that now exists, a
situation that failed to produce ships,
notwithstanding the shipping plans;
which has failed to deliver coal, not
withstanding the unbounded coal sup
ply we have; which has been respon
sible for a failure to protect our sol-
diers against sickness and furnish
! ..Htr. snitnrild flnt riinfr.
them with suitable clothing.
"We are the inventors and leaders
In aeroplanes and yet we have no
aeroplanes. We have the greatest
steel works in the world, and yet we
have few guns. We lead the worlS
in automobile manufacture, and yet
we are just commencing to obtain
motor trucks; and worst of all, the
system we have is responsible for
camp hospitals not having heat, water
or sewerage."
Furnishing of food to the army,
Senator Weeks said, has been "a tre
mendous success, due to Gen.
Sharpc." He also praised Gen. Cro
zier, chief of ordnance, saying he had
often asked congress for more ord
nance appropriations but that senti
ment in the country prevented ap
propriations. Gen. Crozier, however,
he declared, was partly responsible for
deficiencies in machine guns and light
Reliance on France for ordnance
and other materials he said was "very
doubtful wisdom" and the powder
situation was described as acute,
"with half of American production
under contract to the Allies and our
total capacity not half of our needs."
Aviation work, the senator conced
ed, has been carried out intelligently
and systematically.
"While the actual number of ma
chines constructed," he said, "does
not compare favorably with impres
sions given to the public, it is repre
sented that production will be very
Although praising efforts of the wa:'
department toward reorganization
Senator Weeks said Edward R. Stet
tinus, the civilian surveyor of pur
chases, is in an "impossible position"
and that the administration is "throw
ing away an opportunity to make an
effective organization" by rejecting the
plan for a munition director."
Chicago, Feb. 16 Edward Wheed,
who killed two persons in a payroll
robbery here last summer, and Harry
Lindrum, convicted of the murder of
a policeman, were hanged yesterday
iirom the same scaffold.
19,000 BRITISH
With Coming Draft Figures
Will Take Big '
American Four Minute Men
Will Assist to Obtain
Voluntary Enlistments
Chicago, Feb. 16 More than 19,000
British subjects resident in the United
States have enlisted in the fighting
forces of Great Britain and Canada,
with the probability that the recipro
cal draft agreement which has just
been reached between the United
States, England and Canada will
cause these figures to leap upward
rapidly, according to a statement
30,000 citizens of the British Empire
made here by the British-Canadian
Recruiting Mission. These figures,
however, are considered low by mem
bers of the Chicago division head
quarters of tie mission .hich an
nounces that there are no less than
20.000 citizens of the British Empire
in the United States eligible for ser
vice. British and Canadian subjects in
this country cannot possibly escape
liability for service, according to Gen
eral W. A. White, head of the British-Canadian
Recruiting Mission. As
soon as Congress acts favorably on
the reciprocal draft agreement, he
stated in a despatch to the Chicago
division, the British subject will be
come "much more liable for service
than the American."
With the announcement that the
reciprocal draft agreement had been
reached, the energies of the recruit
ing mission were redoubled in an ef
fort to get as many men as possible
to enlist without awaiting the draft
The commission hopes to double the
number of British enlistments in this
country before the draft becomes ef
fective. Under the new reciprocal arrange
ment Chicago officials of the commis
sion point out that "British subjects,
for the first time, are placed on an
equal footing the world over." The
same age limits and other conditions
affecting British and Canadian sub
jects in their home countries, will be
applied to those in the United States.
making all natives of the United
Kingdom who are between the ages
of 20 and 40 years eligible, but sub
jects to the same exemption rights as
men living in England or Canada.
"This is a perfectly fair arrange
ment," said General White in his tele
graphic instructions, "for it compels
every man who claims British citi
zenship to place himself on practically
the same footing as his fellow country
men at home."
According to General White, Brit
ish subjects will be given 60 days
after enactment of the reciprocal
draft measure to join the English
forces voluntarily. It is during' this
period that the mission plans to
launch a nation-wide campaign.
To aid in this work an effort is be
ing made to obtain the services of the
American "Four-Minute-Men" who
are expected to join in a "British
Brothers' week." giving the mission
the services of 25,000 speakers. In
addition patriotic moving pictures
will be flashed before 13,000,000 per
sons daily and members of the mis
sion, aided in many cases by friendly
action by State Councils of Defense,
will increase their efforts.
In urging the speeding up of Brit
ish and Canadian enlistments Genera!
White said:
"What we need at present is man
power. If the Britisher enlists with
us he can get to Europe quickly and
be made effective much sooner than
if he waits a few weeks longer for
the draft."
Branch depots of the mission have
been established in every principal
center of the United States, each de
pot being in charge of an officer who
has seen active service. Most of these
officers, according to a statement
given out at the Chicago office, wear
on their sleeves "that badge of suffer
ing, the 'wounded stripes,' " an many
of them are doing recruiting duty
while on sick leave from the battle
Philadelphia, Feb. 16. Switzerland
is the channel through which Adal
bert K. Fischer, said to be an import
ant agent of the German government
in this country, communicated with
friends in Germany.
Fischer, head of the firm of Schutte
& Koerting Co., valve makers, Phila
delphia, now is interned in the Federal
prison camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.,
as a dangerous enemy alien.
Secret service agents made this
known today when they referred to
mall sent by representatives of Fisch
er abroad. The mail was first ad
dressed to persons in Zurich under the
seal of the Swiss government
Other mail sent from here to Ger
man agents was mailed under the seal
of the Colombian governmtnt Teu
ton propagandists here believed their
information was secret, but the United
States opened the letters, learned the
contents and permittted them to pro
ced on their way.
With the mail, however, and in fact
on the same boat, was a government
secret agent. What he learned when
the mail was delivered resulted in the
arrest m this country oi many
German spies, whose names have not
been published.
Hartford, Feb. 16 Registration of
applications for positions for ship
building number about I,i60 to date
Of this number, 700 applications were
received at the state headquarters at
zhe canitol. about 1,000 in various
larts of' the state, and between 50 and
L60 at the Hartford bureau.
Greenwich, Feb. 10 Heirlooms of
much value intrinsically were lost
when the home of Mrs. E. W. Russell,
in North street, three miles from the
borough centre, was burned during
last night The house was built a
tew years ago at a cost of more than
$100,000. It was of English design
and of stone and brick. The furnish
ings included many paintings, etch
ings, tapestries, rugs, china and sil
verware which with jewelry and per
sonal belongings, all of which were
lost, had an estimated value of more
than $100,000. The heirlooms were
of the Russell family.
Mrs. Russell had closed her home,
as Mr. Russell is in Washington, and
recently she leased it to H. L. Stod
dard of New York city, "who had not
taken up otcupancy. There was no
fire to heat the house and precaution
had been taken to protect tie elec
tric wire system. The origin of the
fire cannot be determined. This is
the third fire of large loss in tho
town in recent months.
Mrs. Russell and her son, John R.
Johnson, have been at a hotel here.
There were employes on the estate,
which is 85 acres in .extent, but they
knew nothing of the fire until the
Greenwich firemen arrived. The fire,
men saved outlying buildings and th
garage. The Sre turned for threa
The loss on the house and on much
of the contents is covered by insur
Washington,Feb,16. Official Wash
ington's opinion of Bolshevik Foreign
Minister Trotzkys decision for no war
and still no peace with Germany is
that Trotzky has placed- Germany in
a military and diplomatic predica
ment. Movements of German troops from
the Russian front have been stopped
and it is believed by military men here
that no further withdrawal of forces
can be made until Berlin decides on a
policy toward the Bolsheviki. Such
official reports as have been received
do not say clearly whether the de
mobilization of Russian troops has
been continued, but they do indicate
a reorganization of the Red Guard.
Germany by repudiating the no-an-
nexation policy, officials here think,
has widened the breach with the So
cialists who cry for peace. They al
so think Germany will be forced to go
to the aid of the Ukrainians if the
Bolsheviki attack them.
New Tork, Feb. 16. The Radical
Socialist movement in Germany, the
grwing strength "of which was shown
by the persistence of the political
strike in January and February, also
is gaining decided ground among the
political leaders of German Social
eDmocracy. This information was ob
tained by the Associated Press from
German newspapers received here.
The little group of Radical Socialists
in the reichstag under the leadership
of Haase, Dadebour and Bernstein,
who split off from the caucus organ
ization of the regular or Scheidemann
Socialists on the issue of voting funds
for the war and formed an indepent
ent organization, has now grown by
continued defections from the moder
ate wing to a strength entitling it to
a second; member on the principal
reichstag committees.
The additional representation is
gained at the expense of the regular
Socialist organization, which at the
beginning of the war was the largest
party in the reichstag, but which has
now fatten to second rank, behind the
Catholic center. Four Socialist mem
bers of the reichstag, Brandes, Dr.
Erdmann, Heuttmann and Jaeckel,
went over to the radicals at the be
ginning of the year.
Recent elections at Leipzig brought
IS Radical Socialists into the city
council. The regular Socitlists got
only six places. The Radical Social
ists, who thus formed the third
strongest party in the council, de
manded! the second vice presidency as
their quota of the presiding officers, but
the non-Socialist aldermen, to whom
the Radical Socialists are anathema,
united with the regular Socialists to
give this office of the six moderate
Socialist Democrats, whereupon the
Radical Socialists refused to partici
pate in the organization of the coun
cil. Leipzig is one -of the strongholds of
the Radical Socialists, their principal
newspaper organ, the Leipzig Voiks
Zeitung, being published there.
Paris, Feb. IS. A decree published
in the Journal Officiel today provides
for the requisitioning of the entire
merchant marine of France on March
Hartford, Feb. 16 Miss Helen
Haight of Ballston Spa., N. Y., a stu
dent at the Porter school in Farm
ington, died at the Hartford hospita"
this morning of peritonitis. She hai'
been at the hospital since Feb. 5, an
underwent several days ago an oper
ation for appendicitis. She was 1
years old, a daughter of Theodore .-'
Haight '
Four Child
ren An
Voman Victims In
London, Feb. 16 An enemy
early this morning, it is officially announced. The submarine
was fired on from the shore and ceased the bombardment after
some 30 rounds had been fired. There were less than a dozen
casualties and only slight damage,
The official statement reads: , .
"Fire was opened on Dover by an enemy submarine about
12:10 o'clock this morning, the firing continuing three or four-
minutes. The shore batteries
firing after discharging about 30 rounds.
"The casualties were: Killed, one child; injured, three men
-one woman and three children.
house property."
Cases have not been infrequent of
German submarines bobbing up oft
he British coast and shelling shore
points. Yarmouth, for instance, was
thus bombarded on Jan. 14. It is not
often, however, that the submarines
have cared to take chances with such
a well defended town as 5a Dover, the
most important in southeastern Eng
lich Bridgeport Woman
Offers Bail For Youth
After He Swindled
How Edmond Rousselot, the $15 dollar a week clerk won the
heart of Miss Josephine C. Mayher, formerly of Bridgeport and
incidentally got $10,000 from her, as part of the story which
makes New York dispatches today seem like excerpts from the
Arabian Nights.
Negotiations with the firm of J. P.
Morgan & Co. for a loan of J50.000.000
for the King of Spain, bilking of W.
E. D. Stokes, the proprietor of the
Hotel Ansonia in New York out of
$500 for entertainment of the French
ambassador are all part of the tale
which has amazed the police and
populace of the metropolis.
When Miss Mayher heard that the
pseudo Marquis, chum of crowned
heads, diplomat and ambassador and
plenipotentiary extraordinary, had be
come entangled in the meshes of the
law through alleged viclation of the
espionage act and using the mails to
defraud, she hurried to the Tombs in
New York and offered to bail the
young man out. She expressed great
fondness for the accused "Marquis"
and even though his bonds were set at
$15,000 she would sacrifice anything
to get him out of trouble.
It will be remembered that when
Miss Mayher lived in Bridgeport she
resided with the family of William H.
Perry, at the Perry mansion at the
corner of Noble and East Washington
avenues. Mrs. Perry was Miss May
her's aunt and showered great atten
tion upon her favorite neice.
When William H. Perry died, he
left Josephine Mayher $100,000 be
side considerable property among
which is the block of yellow brick
houses located between Harriet , and
William streets.
Justice George W. Wheeler of th
Supreme Court and Judge Morris B.
Beardsley were the executors of the
Perry estate and after they had set
tled the affairs of the deceased capi
talist and had handed over $100,000
to Josephine Mayher she took her de
parture from Bridgeport and became
a resident of Manhattan. At the time
of her uncle's death Judge Carl Fos
ter, of 1115 Main street, was Miss
Mayher's attorney but beyond her
receiving rentals from her property
here, she did not keep up much 'In
tercourse with the large number of
friends which she had in this city.
When she met Edmond Rousselot,
the alleged swindler, has not been re
vealed, but from her actions since his
arrest it is evident that she became
infatuated with the "Marquis.''
Friends say that she became ac
quainted with him when he sold her
some oil stock for $10,000, and from
subsequent events it appears as if
this is th case.
When he sold the stock to the
Bridgeport woman, he apparently had
some fear of detection for to further
assure her he gave her a written
claim on the "ancestral relics of the
de Castillo family" in case the oil
stock was not satisfactory.
Apparently Rousselot followed up
the sale of the oil stock with a per
sistent love suit for, although Miss
Mayher discovered that the stock was
valueless she still continued to cher
ish a feeling which, although it could
r.ot be described as the "grande pas
sion," yet was bordering on the edge
of romance." Miss Mayhtr is in the
neighborhood of 50 years of age.
while the object of her infatuation
gives his age as 30, although he does
not look more than 25.
When living in Bridgeport, Miss
Mayher was one of the roost popular
of all the smart set and counted her
friends by the score. Since leaving
here she has entertained in a lavish
manner in New York and her social
activities have the substance of many
lolumns of news from the metropo
's. She hps figured prominentbr
lso in the social life of the European
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submarine bombarded Dover
replied and the enemv ceased"
Slight damage was caused tr
land, opposite Calais, on the straits ot '
Dover, across which flows a constant '
stream cf war traffic between Rng
lan(i and France.
It was only yesterday that a power
ful squadron of German destroyers
made a sudden raid In the straits ot
Dover and sank eight British email '
craft out on a submarine chase. '"
t Three indictments were returned
yesterday Iby the Federal grand jury
against Rousselot, who admits posing
along Broadway as a "Marquis." The
first indictment charges Rousselot
with having posed as a member of
the French War Commission to the
United States. It also charges him
with posing as a Spanish diplomat
and of using the mails to defraud W.
E. . Stokes, the millionaire hotel
The second indictment charges the
bogus marquis with forging a United
States Customs waterfront war zone
pass which served to admit him to
piers where important war activities
were in progress. The third indict
ment charges him, with the theft ot
United States Treasury Department
One of the persons questioned by
Assistant United States Attorney Law
rence Axman, in his effort to ferret
out the details of the young man's
Broadway activities, was Marjorie
Rambean, the motion pietutre actress, .
who said she had been deceived by ;
the military uniform which the man.
The foreman of the granidi jury that
returned the indictments was Wil
liam Pierson Hamilton, Jr., of the i
Arm of J. P. Morgan and Company.
Mr. Hamilton gained a personal in
sight into Rousselot's methods through
the young man's efforts to negotiate
a loan of $50,000,000 which he repre
sented was for the King of Spain.
Morgan & Co. communicated with,
the State Department in Washington
and Secretary Lansing frowned upott
the project insisting that all negotiiM
tions for loans should come through
the State Department and be directly
between the United States and Spain.
This latter stand was taken upon tlr
contents of a fake letter supposed to
come from the King of Spain to
Rousselot, guaranteeing the entrance
of Spain into the world war on tho
side of the Allies if the loan of $50,
600,000 could be negotiated to re
plenish the depleted privy purse of
the king.
Rousselot extracted $500 from tho
pocketbook of W. B. D. Stokes by,
showing him a communication sup
posedly from the French ambassadoi
whom he was to meet in New York.;
He was agitated and apparently !a
great distress as he had no fund
handy with which to entertain tho
representative of the French nation
Stokes let him have Sve crisp netl
century notes without hesitation just
to tide him over a little Iuntiieon
Paris, Feb. 16 The French last,
.night made a successful raid near
Vauquois and repulsed German recon
noitering parties in the Champagne
and in upper Alsace, the war office
reports. German aviators again
dropped bombs in the vicinity ot .
Hartford. Feb. IS Dwight M. Jl
wood, a farmer of Middlebury, was
arrested today under a federal war
rant which charged him with "wil
fully hoarding . a - necessary food
stuff," to wit: wheat flour. A TJriitedJ,
States food inspector found five bar- ;
rels of flour in Atwood's haase, all t
purchased, it is alleged, sines wheat '
flour became a scarce articlfe im th
was announced today.

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