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Washington, Feb. 23 Ambassador Francis advised the
state department today of the intention of the diplomatic corps
in Pctrograd to leave that city with the Bolsheviki government
if the Germans menaced the city.
The American ambassador gave no details as to the plans
of the diplomatic corps, but added that the soviet government
was planning to make a defense
Petrograd dispatches say the
to aid Russia to fight the Germans. The embassies virtually
are unanimous in a decision not
If Petrograd actually is threatened the embassy staffs will go
inland with the Bolsheviki government, wherever it may move
Cable messages from London
messages from London re
port Austrian and Ukrainian troops
are nearing Kiev, the Ukrainian cap
ital now held by the Bolsheviki, ac
cording to dispatches from Petro-1
Brad. It is said that Polish legionar
ies aided the Germans in occupying
Petrograd newspapers declare Rus
sian soldiers on the northern front
seized 27 trains which are used to
carry 40,000 of the soldiers to Mos
cow. The Germans are taking no prison
ers, merely disarming tho( Russians
and liberating them.
German aeroplanes are distributing
proclamations, calling on the Russian
people to remain calm and keep or
der as the Germans are coming to
suppress anarchy ajad to bring food
as soon as possible.
In the last two days the Germans
have not met with a single case ol
resistance, a Petrograd dispatch says.
Evocuation of the port of Reval is
proceeding slowly, the soldiers de
clining to assist.
The headquarters of the Russian
western army has been removed to
Smolensk, 250 miles southwest of
The change was made in such haste
that the staff lost touch with the var
ious armies.
The TimeA correspondent reports
some anxiety in the British consulate
In Petrograd and the consulate there
crowded with persons wishing to get
away. A British military order di
rects all Englishmen of military age
who have becen exempted from ser
vice up to this time to hold themselves
ready to start home on six hours' no
tice. Other British subjects, especially
women and children, have been advis
el to leave Russia without delay.
The inhabitants of Petrograd await
coming events with an outward calm.
according to the latest dispatches re- 1
ceived here, and continue to pursue
their ordinary business life, seemingly
unconcerned over the great interests
at stake.
The Daily Mail's Petrograd corre
spondent in a dispatch last Thursday
repeats a statement that the majority
would welcome the arrival of the Ger
mans, fearing an outbreak of uncon
trolled anarchism with riot and mur
der. The bulk of the population, the
correspondent says, is tired of revo
lution, tired of hunger and disorder,
and tired of the uncertainty continual
ly overhanging them.
Reuter's correspondent sends an of
ficial statement that the council of
peoples' commissaries has appointed
a special general staff and has issued
a decree reiterating its warning that
martial law must be used mercilessly
to repress "criminal attempts" and
extirpate the counter revolutionary
' element. Measures, it is officially de
clared, have been taken for the reg
istration and distribution of food
stuffs and the mobilization of the en
tire population for defense work. The
special general staff will appropriate
all property required for defensive
The Bolsheviki are greatly perturb
ed and depressed. Foreign Minister
Trotsky is reported to be sick in con
sequence of renewal of hostilities and
Is unable to attend meetings of the
council of people's commissioners,
which are held constantly.
An extraordinary session of the
central committee of the soldiers'
and workmen's delegates was held on
Friday evening. M. Sveroloff presided
and read a statement in which he
said it now was clear that the Ger
mans would not reply to the Smolny
institute's latest appeal, or if they
did their answer would be compltely
unacceptable. He asked the commit
tee to adopt a resolution expressing
confidence in the people's commissar
ies and approving their measures
aiming at peace. The resolution pass
ed with only six dissenting votes.
For stealing an overcoat valued at
about $3 from a fellow lodger in a
Water street lodging house, William
Davis, 23, and colored, was fined $100
and costs, and sentenced to serve five
months in jail, by Judge Wilder in
-Ihe city court today.
Davis was arrested last night by
Patrolmen McCarthy, McNamara and
J. Cassidy and upon being questioned
at police headquarters admitted hav
ing stolen the overcoat.
According to the police, Davis is an
old offender and is responsible for the
numerous petty thefts which have
been reported to the police lately by
frequenters of the cheap lodging
houses in Bridgeport. Davis stoutly
denies the charges and says that the
theft of the overcoat is all that he is
guilt? C
Paris, Feb. 23. No French mer
chantman and no fishing vessel was
sunk by German submarines or mines
daring the week ending Feb. 16. Three
merchantmen successfully escaped
from submarine art tacks.
of the city if necessary.
Allied embassies are ready
to break relations in any- event,
Providence, R. I., Feb. 22 Con
gress will continue to place wide pow
ers and the. resources of the nation
in the hands of President Wilson and
the country "need have no fear of a
dictatorship," Senator Colt of Rhode
Island, declared today in an address
to members of the state general as
sembly, on the occasion of Washing
ton's Birthday.
"Congress realizes the necessity of
unity, concentration and co-ordination
in time of war," said Senator
Colt, "and that to accomplish these
ends the President must have en
larged powers. Congress also finds
in the great war powers conferred by
the constitution on the legislative
branch of the government abundant
justification for clothing our commander-in-chief
with every authority
necessary to win the war. But when
the war ends we shall retain on the
statute books no more of the present
legislation than is compatible with the
public interest and in full accord
with the personal rights of the indi
vidual under the constitution."
Much of the senator's speech wa3
taken up with emphasizing the pro
found influence exerted at the present
time by the example of Washington's
Hartford, Feb. 22. The 10,000 Boy
Scouts of Connecticut, together with
the 350,000 Scouts throughout the
country, have been asked by the Sec
retary of the Treasury to enlist an
army of war savers in every state in
the Union. The scouts have instruc
tions from their national headquarters
to ring every' doorbell in the land, de
liver a short talk on the necessity of
saving, and take orders for govern
ment war-saving securities the 25
cent and $5 thrift stamps.
President Wilson will write a per
sonal letter of thanks to the scout in
each state who has the highest record
of sales during the year, and the wives
of the Cabinet members have offered
to give a victory flag in each state to
the troop standing at the top at the
end of the year.
Secretary McAdoo, in his appeal to
the scouts, says:
"Your splendid work in the Liberty
Loan campaigns proved that the gov
ernment can count on you and your
organization. Knowing that you are
always ready to serve . your country,
aad realizing how widely war-savings
stamps may be sold through your ef
forts, I take pleasure in presenting you
another opportunity."
Five million red post cards have
been printed by the government for
the special use of the scouts. These
are orders for the local postmaster to
deliver savings stamps. The boys will
take the orders for stamps from house
to house, drop the signed cards in the
jnail box, and the post office will do
the rest.
Hartford, Feb. 23 The Connecticut
Co. has lent its endorsement to the
war savings campaign by placing
thrift stamps and war savings certifi
cates on sale at its principal branches
throughout the state, according to in
formation received today at the office
of the state director in this city.
The stamps will be placed on sale
at New Haven, Derby, Hartford, Mid
dletown, Waterbury, New Britain.
Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford and
Burrville. Employes have been in
structed to give tall possible assist
ance to the war savings campaign.
London, Feb. 23 The publication
by the Vienna official news agency of
the Polish manifesto reflecting upon
Germany has given great offense, says
the Zurich correspondent of Reuter,
limited. According to the Munich
Nachrichten the German ambassador
in Vienna has been instructed to de
mand an explanation. The newspaper
adds that the reading of the manfesto
in the reichsrath ,gave immunity to its
publication,, but that it was a piece of
gross stupidity on the part of the of
ficial agep z publish it broadcast.
An Atlantic Port. Feb. 23 How
the master of an Italian passenerer
liner the Dante Alighieri, dodged a
fleet of submarines in the Mediterran
ean by venturing a midnight passage
through an uncharted channel be
tween a small island and the Spanish
coast, was related by passengers of
the ship on her arrival here today.
The wisdom of the captain's move
was demonstrated the following
morning, ' they said, when lifeboats
were sighted carrying passengers and
crews of three torpedoed vessels out
of a convoy of five which the Dante
Alighieri had passed only two hours
before the captain decided to risk
wrecking his ship in the channel
rather than take chances with tun
The names of the three ships sunk
were the Duca di Genova, a. passenger
vessel, the Ville de Verdun and the
Caprera, all Italian.. The presence of
the submarines in their path w
learned by the master of the Dante
Alighieri through wireless warnings.
The lifeboats were not picked up, as
they were within a few miles of the
Hartford, Feb. 23 Distribution of
coal during the next fuel year, which
will begin on April 1, was discussed
at a conference between Thomas C.
Russell, federal fuel administrator for
Connecticut, and David C. Howie of
Boston, a deputy of James J. Storrow,
the administrator for New England,
here today.
The facts to be determined before
an announcement resulting from the
conference will' be made, according
to Administrator Russell, are:
How much the total output of the
mines for the next fuel year will be
how much coal will be determined
upon by the national fuel administra
tion as the amount to which New
England will be entitled; and what
steps the New England state adminis
trations will take to insure each lo
cality for its proper proportion of the
coal available.
An announcement resulting from
this and other conferences, with re
gard to the distribution of the next
fuel year's coal by local coal dealers,
is expected to be ready within three
Uncertainty among manufacturers
and merchants with regard to what
limitations are still placed on the
conduct of the business, now that the
Monday closing order 'has-been re-!
scinded, made it advisable for the fuel
administrator to issue another state
ment concerning the regulation of
Mondays, today.
Results Of his action rescinding the
fuelless Monday order for Connecti
cut include, according to the admin
istrator, the following:
Manufacturing plants in Connecti
cut will be under no restriction in
the use of coal on Monday. Other
places of business will be restricted oa
Monday only to the extent of thn
curtailed hours required on Tuesday
by the terms of the recent proclama
tion by Gov. Holcomb; . places of
amusement which have been closed
Tuesdays during the heatless Monday
period will not be required to close
next Tuesday.
Hartford, Feb. 23. Gov. Holcomb
has been notified from Washington
that Presidierit Wilson has made the
following appointments to the medical
advisory boards in Connecticut with
the draft:
New Haven, Dr. Wil'bur Tilston;
Norwich, Dr. Mark S. Bringman.
'Dentists Ansonia, George H. Kieef:
Bridgeport, Robert H. W. Strang;
i Danhury
John C. Down; Hartford,
N. Butler; Meriden, Dennis
, William
C. iMoMahon; Middletown, O. S. Wat
mus; New Britain, Charles E. Swain;
New Haven, Fred Strong Frary; New
London, George S. Bates; Norwich, C.
R. Chamberlain; Putnam, E. L. Simp
son; Stamford, J. B. Herz; Waterbury,
Frank Brbe; Willimanrtic, A. B. Se
gar; Winsted, T. H. Glynn; Norwalk,
Charles R. Chasmar; Thompsonville,
E. H. Thornton.
Washington, Feb. 23. A general or
der restricting the creation of new
official positions by railroads or the
raising of officers' salaries was issued
today by Director General McAdoo.
Under the order a railroad may not
fill a vacancy above the grade of gen
eral manager or even create such an
o'ffice without the director general's
Railroads also will be required to
make monthly reports of increases in
salaries.appointments to vacancies and
creation of new positions involving sal
aries between $3,000 and $10,000, be
ginning with January, 1918.
Washington, Feb. 23 Increases
ranging up to 50 per cent, in some
cases in rates on cotton from south
Atlantic and gulf ports to New York
and Boston were asked of the inter
state commerce commission today by
the Mallory and Clyde steamship lines.
The increases, if granted, probably
would not affect, the present extensive
movement of cotton by water from
the south to north Atlantic ports, since
that will be completed by the time
the commission acts.
HAS ROLL OF $1,100
Torrington, Feb. 23 A $50 Liberty
bond and $1,100 in cash were found
in the pockets of John' Sipos a la
borer, when he was searched at the
police station today following his ar
rest on a charge of intoxication.
Washington, Feb. 23 Seven
hundred thousand army rifles have
been produced in the United States
since this country entered the war,
says a statement today by the ord
nance bureau of the war depart
ment. During the week ending
Feb. 3 the daily' production was
7,805 Enfields and 1,442 Spring
fields, or a total of 9,247 service
rifles. In addition the government
received 13,iii Russian army rifles
during the week, making a total
weekly rifle output ot 72,152.
Summarizing the work on rifles,
it is shown that $400,000,000 is
spent for that arm alone and that
200 army officers, 80,000 men and
10,000 women are employed mak
ing rifles and cartridges.
Chicago, Feb. 2i Pointing out that
before the United States entered the
war New York state had adopted a
universal training law, Charles S.
Whitman, governor of that state, told
the delegates yesterday to the Na
tional Security League, of the work
ings of the law. In the course of his
address Gov. Whitman said:
The first and fundamental lesson
which should be taught -atizenry is
the ipsann nf srood health and physical
well being. Figures being made pub- ,
lie by the draft boards throughout the
country show the crying neea iui
more attention to healtn education
everywhere. Physical training is
made the basis of the New York
scheme. So important is this funda
mental feature that it is begun when
the child is .iust old enough to go to
school, and is continued until he or
she leaves the secondary school for
work or for higher education.
"Actual warfare teaches us that for
every man in the first line trenches
there must be several men behind the
lines in all sorts of other activities
vital to the conduct of the first line.
This provision New York's plan makes
By statuary provision the military
training commission may permit the
boy of military training age to meet
this requirement in part through vo
cational training or experience spe
cifically preparing him to be of service
to the state in some way.
"Every one of the approximately
55ft onn hovs In New York, 16, 17 and
18 years old, must now decide whether
he will prepare himself to be of ser
vice to his state and country by plac
ing himself under a military training
regime or learning some trade that
can be turned to service of his state.
'This is a plan m harmony witn.
the spirit of, the present hour and ; Cross. Y. M. C. A. and concrete con
. .w- J.-.: ,v,ih .n for tv, ! struction detachments and an Italian
n with smns in their hands,
but it also includes within its effective
scODe provision for safety against the
menace of a peace so long and pros-
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perously continued mat tne capacity ui - - - - .
ofi rii nfitocratic reserve. On the evening of
111(11 1U1 SCI V CilIU ,7ftv...i.
disuse. It provides for war, but it
provides also for what William James
i.,,, tv, -moi univalent of war."'
Demands y arrant
For Theatre Heads
Waterbury, Feb. 23 The case
against Walter L. Griffith, manager of
Poli's theatre here, for conducting
Sunday performances in his theatre,
was continued today in the city court
until next Wednesday. Attorney John
H. Cassidy, as counsel for Griffith de
manded today that warrants be issued
for all other theatre managers that
open their houses on Sunday, and for
all stores and other places that do a
business on Sunday. The central fig
ure in the fight for Sunday closing of
theatre is James W. Fitzpatrick, in- nad previously failed on the usual
ternational president of the White Rat I tests and is very anxious for a re
Actors' Union, who recently appeared verse decision. Last week an offer
before the board of public safety, de- to John Muennich of a position
manding .that if allowed to continue ; m tne Ordnance department carry
Sunday performances, the theatre i lng the ranb of first lieutenant. But
owners sauuiu ue uiuc iu mm uci iQr being tied up by business circum
net proceeds of Sunday shows to a , -t-j. ne would gladly have acoept-
fund for the benefit of wounded sol
Madrid, Feb. 23 The Spanish
steamer Mar Caspic has been sunk by
a submarine on her way to New York
with a cargo of cork. The crew
was picked up by the Spanish steam
er ClaudicLopez y Lopez, which also
was stopped by the submarine, but
later was allowed to proceed.
The captain of the Claudic Lopez y
Lopez had the greatest difficulty in
inducing the commander of the sub
marine to allow him to continue thi
voyage. The submarine commander
Wanted to sink the Lopez because she
was carrying a number of cars con
signed to the Spanish Northern rail
road, which is partly French owned.
Waterbury, Feb. 22 Angered by
the appearance in court of his fore
man, A. W. Baldwin, to give testi
mony efeainst him. Carmine Barone,
a factory worker, made an assault to
day on Baldwin in the court room,
striking him with a beer bottle. Bald
win was felled by the blow, but
quickly recovered. The charge
against Barone was changed from
breach of the peace to assault with
intent to kill and he was bound over.
New York, Feb. 23 The British
passenger steamer isermuaian, lorm
erly in the tourist trade between New
York and Bermuda, has been acci
dentally sunk in the harbor of Alex
andria, according to information re
ceived in shipping circles here today.
The Bermudian was owned by tne
Quebec Steamship Co., and several
months ago it was requisitioned fol
transnnrt duv by the British govern
ment. The report added that the ves
sel can be refloated.
Paris Feb. 23 French troops last
night raided the German positions
north of the Ailette river and in th
Champagne, the war office announc
ed today, prisoners and war ma
terial were brought back by French
Redding, -Feb. 23 The income tax
affects a few Redding residents and
aside from those unmistakably liable
under it are a number who feel that
they are near the border line but re
main in doubt regarding their exact
status because they have not kept a
full record of receipts and expenses.
The class of both actual and near
does not include many farmers here.
As one of them expresses it his in
come from farm operation is several
tir..e ,1.000 and vhile the net gains
profeaUy approximate tile $2,000
mark he finds it almost impossible to
determine on which side of the
boundary line the exact figures lie.
This may be said to describe, a quite
common situation. Under that pro
vision of the law which requires cor
porations to report to the federal au
thorities those of their employes
whose wages amount to more than
$800 a year the Gilbert & Bennett
Co. have sent in about 30 names. A
woman anxious to know whether or
not she is liable for the tax recently
sought the advice of First Selectman
Sanford on the subject. During the
year she has sold to the water com
pany for $4,000 property which came
to her by inheritance. In 1913 this
property, then an estate, was In the
tax list at $2,225. Someone had told
her that the difference between these
amounts should be figured as a net
profit and therefore that she was lia
ble as she Is single and entitled to
only $1,000 exemption. Mr. Sanford
felt sure that this view of the case
was wrong, but to relieve the lady's
anxiety agreed to refer the matter to
Collector Walsh for his decision.
About a dozen applicants appeared
before the board of relief at last
Thursday's session. Among them Was
A. E. Lavery, treasurer of the Bridge
port Hydraulic Co., who thought too
high a valuation had been placed or
the company's buildings. He with
drew the protest, however, when it
was disclosed that the list he brought
did not include all the buildings own
ed by the company in this town. He
also said that he had no criticism to
make of some increases in land as
sessments when he became convinced
that the company was not discrim
inated against in this matter. Of the
others heard Mrs. F. A. Ranny ob
jected to a $300 raise on barns; Miss
Isabelle McDonald to the fact that
her auto was listed at the same figure
as the year before; Randolph Brad
ley to a raise on his car to $700 from
$400, and Bradley Sanford to an in
crease to $15 an acre from $10 on his
sprout land. There were other sprout
land protesters all of whom were
somewhat mollified upon
that the boosting on this class of
property had been general. In the
case of Mr. Sanford the total increase
from this action was nearly $1,000.
A letter received by John H. Ma
lone from his brother Francis, gives
some interesting details of the latter's
recent voyage to France on a French
liner as one of a party of postal
agents assigned to oversea service.
Amonsr the passengers were Red
count who showed a specially friendly
interest towards the postal boys and
daily gave them an hour's instruction
in Liie riciiui jaiifeui.
nfiia. viw.T?prs he maintained an ans-
the day that the vessel entered the
submarine danger zone a concert and
I sale was given for the benefit of
French war orphans. Famous oper
atic artists contributed to the pro
gram and the affair realized $7,000.
Some of the men aboard donated
their overcoats to the sale and bought
them back at $200 each. The letter
makes no mention of any submarine
attack or sighting.
Although once rejected as physically
disqualified, Chester Sanford last week
passed his examination as a draft
subject. He has filed an appeal on
the ground of dependency on him o
a mother and sister. Frank Meehan,
who was originally rejected by rea
son of lameness, has also gone on the
accepted list as the result of a second
examination. F. W. Kasanan tooK nis
i third examination
Wednesday. He
ed. The same position naa previously
been offered H. Sanford Osborn, who
also declined it on account of the j
business engagements to which he is
committed. Allan Murphy, one of the
town's first draft contingent, returned
to his home in Lonetown last week,
having been discharged from the ser
vice on account of poor health. The
trouble began with an attack of Ger
man measles and ensuing complica
tions put him in the invalid class.
The Men's club met on Wednesday
evening of last week with Dr. E. H.
Smith and heard an interesting talk
from Henry J. Forman of Collier's
Weekly editorial staff on the Russian
situation. He was of the opinion that
although the forces now dominant
would be soon overthrown chaotic
conditions would continue for a long
time until a stable order of things
was developed.
Interesting public exercises were
held at the Center school last Mon
day evening, the pupils of the Ridge
school participating. The program
comprised recitations, physical train
ing feats and review work from var
ious branches tending to show the
progress made during the present
term. The exhibition was highly sat
isfactory. The Gilbert & Bennett Co. hav
started work on another large gov
ernment order for woven wire. Sev
eral weeks ago they finished a pre
vious order for 10,000 bales of the
same product.
Hospital supplies made up by Red
Cross members of the Center, the
Ridge and West Redding during the
past two months, were on Saturday
removed from the residence of Mrs.
J. B. Sanford, president of the local
branch, to chapter headquarters in
The Misses Catherine and Bessie
Miller of Georgetown, daughters of
the late Major Miller, have gone to
Florida for the rest of the winter.
Mrs. Samuel J. Miller- and daughter
are at their place in North Carolina
for a two months' stay.
Wood chppers ino the employ of
Tn- water comuaiiy Lauturu iwc
minks last week by traps set in the J
Aspetuck river. The market value
of mink skins is about $7 each.
Ebba Erickson, whose burns
from an exploding oil stove were at
irst thought to be fatal, has returned
o her home in Georgetown from the
Banbury hospital, fully recovered.
Only one of her hands shows marks
oodsfuffs Is
By House Committee
Washington, Feb. 23 Compulsory food conservation is
necessary in the opinion of members of the house agriculture
committee which today submitted its report on the bill giving
the president power to regulate public eating houses and the
distribution and manufacture of foodstuffs. The bill does not
directly affect householders.
Hartford, Feb. 23 Ambitious men
who desire to qualify as foremen in
the United States shipyards through
instruction received at the Shipyard
Normal school at Newport News, Va.,
are being officially advised that they
cannot go direct to the school after
enrollment' in the Shipyard Volunteers
of the Public Service Reserve. Men
are selected for higher training while
at work in the shipyards.
Leo A. Korper, state director of the
United States Public Service Reserve,
has received a communication from
National Director W. E. Hall, which
is of particular interest to Normal
school applicants. The national di
rector said:
"The men who go to the Shipyard
Normal School at Newport News, Va.,
are selected from hen already at work
in the shipyards by their employers
The idea is that they are to foe in
structed as teachers. Thev will then
retm tQ the shipyards and train
other men who need instruction.
"I, therefore, do not think that it
is possible to get any men into New
port News School who are not already
working in the shipyards."
Instruction in ship ibuilding is be
ing given normal school pupils by a
corps of experts who teach ship pro
duction as their pupils, 150 at a time,
actually build ships. The graduates
return to thoir shipyards to show men
of lesser competence how to improve
their work, to take responsibility and
foremanships. They teach the new
men how to apply their knowledge of
ekilled trades to ship construction un-
q-q me same service wnuuiuns
obtain at the normal school. In this
way they become the nucleus of
trained supervisors whose knowledge
and skill a vital need in pushing
through the shipbuilding program m
order to bring the war to a successful
Hartford, Feb. 23 According to a
report issued today for the last 14
months there were 169 rabid dogs, two
rabid horses, seven rabid cats, one
rabid fox and 11 rabid cattle killed in
'his state.
With the American Army in France, Feb. 22 (By the As
sociated Press) Today the artillery bombardment was still
more intense on the American sector northwest of Toul.
of her injuries.
Clarence Sturgis, one of the Pleas
ant Valley summer colony went to a
hospital last week to be treated for
gall stones.
For the fourth time weather con
ditions caused a postponement of the
drill which the local Home Guards
men were to have held at the Dan
bury armory on Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Clara Burr, daughter of Mar
cus Burr, was taken to a Bridgeport
hosDital last Thursday. She has been
severely ill for about two months
fw, ,-r.mnlication of ailments.
Miss Marion Archer of the Ridge is
ill with diphtheria at Philadelphia
where she was taking a college course,
Remonstrances to acceptance of the
finding of the committee and a motion
to recommit his report upon the facts
in appeals from the assessors of th-.-Town
of Redoing in the cases of Wi'
ter Lutgen and Laura E. Peck of ' -town
has been filed in the Su
Court, and are upon the eho--dar
list for argument $ext Fr
Lutgen appealed from the
the assessors in placing the v.
of his real estate at $57,435, and -
E. Peck has two appeals pending, one
from the list of 1915, and another from
the list of 1916. On the 1915 list the
assessors placed the value of the Peck
property at $35,260, and this was re
duced to $34,800 by the board of re
lief. On the 1916 list the assessors
made the value $34,223, but there was
no reduction by the board of relief.
In each case the report of the com
mittee, John W. Banks, supports the
action of the assessors, except in the
Isctgen case where he states & fzSr
value for the property is $55,625. The
report has been fUe-j in the Superiw
Cirt but not yet accepted.
In the reaso- 3or appeal It im
stated the valuation is more than tne
fair market value, and inequalities in
assessment axe charged. Some in
stances are cited in which property is
assessed at 80 per cent, and 85 per
cent, of the value, while on the prop
iray of the appellants full value is
In discussing public eating house
control it is charged in the report
that the consumption, particularly in
"high priced restaurants and hotels,
per capita is nearly double of nor
mal." "The bill authorizes regulations to
eliminate unnecessary use of essential
foodstuffs by manufacturers of food
Drodncts." said the reoort. "It would
be possible to effect a great saving in
food products by requiring higher
milling of the mixture of ingredients
in bread which cannot be so readily
shipped abroad."
Although its does not authorize a
rationing system for consumers, in
the language of the report, "it would
permit into a particular district or de
livered to a particular distributor.
The President can, in effect, ration,
the distributors so that a threatened
shortage can be spread out as evenly
as possible throughout the entire
The report recalls that the presi
dent has no power to enforce economy
food law and that the success of con
servation plans depends entirely on
the voluntary co-operation of the peo
ple. The appeals to save food have
met with gratifying results, the report
says, and it adds "hut there is a small
Tfrcenta.se of neoDle who either wil
fully or ,or lack of understanding,
fails to respond to the call made for
patriotic duty."
"The food situation as it affects us
and our allies," the report continues,
"is becoming so critically serious as to
warrant the committee in the belief
that the necessity is on us of adopt
ing compulsory methods of conserva
tion in certain well denned directions.
It would be foolish for us to shut
our eyes to the facts. It would be
cowardly in us to fail to attack the
problem of waste "in foodstuffs in the
most vigorous manner.
"The bill is designed to meet a sit
uation that is closely allied to con
servation. If we ship to Europe all
of our exportable surplus of certain
foods there is never going to be more
than just enough of such foods avaiia
for omisnmotion in the United
States. To prevent local shortages it
is necessary that this normal supply
be distributed with absolute equality
throughout the country,' and such dis
tribution is further essential in order
to obtain the best possible use of our
surplus products. From time to tim
there may be temporary shortages in
certain foods. In such a case the
president should have power to con
trol the distribution in such a way
that the shortage is spread out as
evenly as possible."
Night and day enemy projectiles are
falling in towns and have been di
rected at a number of strategical
points. The damage done has been
unimportant. Three American artil
lerymen have been woundeu.
The Americans replied to the enemy
with shells for one, firing accurately
on roads and enemy works. Shell!
were dropped on a party of seven Ger
mans repairing wire entanglements,
Some were wounded and the rest scat
tered. Early today a small enemy party
attempted to raid American lines and
; was driven on by rine and maenme
I gun fire, after which artillery fir
j chased them back to their lines,
i A trench mortar projectile fell OB
j one of our trenches today, killing
j three and wounding four. Rain ia
j prevented aerial activity and trencho
and dugouts are flooded.
New York, Feb. 23 The firm ol
jreenhut & Co., owners of one of tht
largest department stores here, wert
served with summonses today to ap
pear before the local federal food ad
ministration board on Monday to an-
swer charges of food law violations.
The charges made public by th
food board, include failure to registel
their food license number on theil
stationery, advertising the sale ol
sugar and flour in violation of rf ula-
tions. and the sale of sugar to cus.
tomers in excess of the quantities dU
rected by the food administration.
Crystall Falls, Mich., Feb. 23. Re.
vised figures on the loss of life in. thi
Asa Porter mine accident on Thursi
day show that 16 men were Mil ex)
when a bulkhead gave way, allowing
water and quicksand to rush Into th4
mine. '

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