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IVOL. 45. N02
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 1909.
PRICE ONE CENT.
J.
G
PROPERTY LOSS IN THE
X . .
NEARLY
...
Life Variously
to 150,000
aN0 EJBMANCEL IS
I. nrirATiHz
UCVU1I1W
QUEEN HELENA INJURED
T r TRYING TO STOP PANIC
Archbishop of Messina Rescued from Ruins of His Pal-
; ace vToday Marquis Se mola . Still Alive Imprisoned
n; the Ruins of His Castle at Reggio Pope Pius X
Contributes $400,000 to Relief Fund Requests'
;Archbishop Ireland to Ascertain Fate of Americans
in Stricken District Red Cross Funds Cabled- to
American Ambassador. :
" (Special from United Press.)
jiifessina,X'Jan. 2. It became known
today that Queen "Helena was pain
' fully injured last evening in trying
to stop a - panic in a house where she
' anQ other of the rescue workers were
ministering to a number of patients.
, A slight recurrence of the quake caus-
ed a 'rumbling noise which threw the
-:.' patients', into a fearful panic. They
made a rush for the door but found
the exit blocked by the Queen who
' resolutely ordered them back to their
I V cots. In their terror the refugees
paid no. 'attention to Her at nrst ana
several of them trod heavily on her
feet - The, Queen finally succeeded in
duelling their., iears alter wnicn sne
t fainted from pain, She snort-
jned her work of nursing sick
ed.' Three thousand refu-
sent out of Messina to-day
owns besides the large num-
was transported to the coast
owns.
The fighting between the
Soldiers and looters raged again last
ffijt&t, two soldiers and v a number of
robbeTs, being killed. ' -
Rome,: Van. 2. The American Em
bassy ., announced. ..this - &f ternopn that
; with theexception of -Consul .Arthur
&S Cheney and wife, and Vice-Cmtsur
Joseph H- Pierce, wife and children; it
- dld vnot ' believe.' any ; Americans were
.killed -in. the disasten ' The .American
government ' has-been , informed that
Stuart K. 4 Lnpton. of the American
Consulate ' had . been killed but Signor
Serabfc proprietor .or tire , nouse. .in
urhthi. A T OVafnn the Rritish Con-
sjiuK was . killed, . arrived - here to-day
an . says that he was in company with
jir. '.lAiptoh several;, hours after the
quake and that he was uninjured. .
I ' fierio xsays there were no American
I guests atany of the hotels in Mes
r4
y'sina isjod that, as far ar he knows there
f xuarrfn & rrtorif a n viiltnra In thp oit.V.
' Th casualties at -the Trinacria. Ho
? :tel.SFao, says, have been greatly ex-
; "arrerated- Most of the Americans in
Sicily, were in Palermo which suffered
- little damage.
p" .'. yfaples. -Tan,; 2. Minister, of , Public
i? -wWlcs-: Burtolini has sent an appeal
t formore workmen to-be sent to the
cn ; of ' the earthquake. The de
mand for men to aid in the work of
rescue and clearing .. away . the debris
has 6 been ..expressed in., scores of of
ficial messages from, all , points in the
stricken region that . have . been . pour
Jng .in, daily. The .workmen will be
irushed to Naples where, they will em
bark for Messina. At that ruined city
: King's orders. 'through . the other de
I vastated cities and. towns. ,
V "' The demand for workmen is unlimit
l :... The work in Messina is under the
r who is taking his orders directly from
the King. The King announces his .in
tention to remain indefinitely at Mes-
Rome. Jan. 2. Church authorities at
Messina. reports to the Pope to-day
their fear of the number of Americana
deadVin the ruins in that city. The
Pope ' has intimated that he wishes
Archbishop Ireland of St.' Paul, who is
now in Europ-j, to go to the scene and
endeavor to-ascertain the fate of Amer
icans, i The , Archb"'shop will " doubtless
mply with the request.
messages received by the Pope
ncerning ; the .safety of Americans
id other tforeigners differ materially
om the reassuring reports made to
he government authorities. The num
ber of foreign victims is likely to be
Materially increased by the probable
of a large Dassensrer steamer which
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hort time before the initial shock.
trace, of the vessel has been found
report has yet been received from
JLandls, who was sent with two
lthers to, the scene by Ambassador
trJscom. The delay in news from him.
lowever, is natural owing to the con-
estion , of ; the telegraph wires wh!ch
he goveenment is monopolizing. Pri-
ate messages of only the utmost im-
rtance are permitted to be sent out.
message to the Ministry of Marine
dav says' that it is not hlivffi thpre
were- Americans in the Triniacfa or
Bellevue hotels in Messina, both of
which were razed by the quake. These
otels accommodated most of the tour-
tsO
Hundreds of the refugees wera
rought to Rome to-day. Naples. Ca-
nia, Palermo and other Sicilian
ities have more of the sick and in
jured than they can accommodate and
Ihe rescuers have now turned the tide
it unfortunates to this city. Hosnitah:
(are being established in both the
Quirinal and Vatican gardens. The
Pope expressed the wish that a hos
pital, be established in the Vatican as
lie wants to attend in person upon the
sufferers.
( . The property loss in the quake zone
Jis estimated at approximately one bu
llion1 dollars. This represents the act
ual' destruction 'of property. The loss
lh trade 'and; from the abandonment of
countless acres of Italy's richest farm
ing land -cannot, be estimated.
King Emmanuel has ordered the sale
f 'his .Sicilian beads, worth millions of
ounrs and will, give the entire fund
o the reuer or i the - sufferers. The
ting has already exhausted his avail
able funds. ' If necessary he has'de-
$1,
OMMOOO
Estimated from 120,000
Persons. '
nrnrnu 1 1 .
rciouiAL
FORTUNE FOR RELIEF
clared his intention of selling every
bit of his property and dividing the
proceeds. . ,
Queen Helena, who refuses to leave
the scene Of wreckage in Messina, is
reported today as on the verge of
prostration from grief and exhaustion.
The advisability of forcibly removing
her is being considered by the cabi
net. "Whenever, the suggestion, is made
that she return to Rome, - the Queen
breaks into weeping and asks: "Why
can I not work like the others?" On
one occasion she defiantly asked:
"Does being Queen make me any
less a woman and mother whose heart
cannot be. touched by such grievous
suffering?"
All appeals made to the. Queen on
the basis of the danger to the Imper
ial House were utterly unheeded. Her
praises were sung in every home -in
Italy, and not a Queen in all the world
will , henceforth- have the - devotion' of
her subjects in such large measure. '
Catania, Jan. 2. It has been discov
ered that Marquis Semola is still alive
in the cellar of his ruined castle. The
place in which the Marquis. is impris
oned is covered by tons of debris
which it is feared will crash In upon
him before the .rescuers, can effect his
release. ... The; Marquis shouted to : the
rescuer that The had suf f icient room
to move about and had enough provis
ions to last', several days.' - He told the
party to attend first to those who are
ih more imminent -peril. The fact that
Semola is still : alive has encouraged
the rescue parties to redoubled efforts
in1 the hope that - many others ' may be
found' alive. ,
.The' discovery has checked . the plan
to. spread quick-lime indiscriminately
over the ruins. Only in places where
the stench- of putrified . bodies is such
as to peril the lives" of the surviv
ors and rescuers will quick-lime be
used. The King has ordered three
ship loads of quick-lime to Messina
and Reggio .with all possible haste as
the danger of pestilence is increasing
hourly. - - ;
Rome, Jan. 2. There has been no
estimate of deaths of an official char
acter for "two days. The exact num
ber ' will never be known. The gov
ernment allows itself a range of 30,
000 in Its estimate declaring that the
total will be "somewhere between 120.
000 and 150,000." Later on there will
be an agreement of some round num
ber of, sufficient size to make the ca
tastrophe the second largest in the
world's history. It is possible even
that it may surpass fn point of deaths
the destruction of Yeddo, now Tokio,
when 200,000 lives were lost.
In the combined loss of life 'and de
struction of property, the quake is un
paralleled. It is practically deter
mined not to attempt to rebuild Reg
gio, on the western Calabrian shore,
while the -present site of Messina will
probably be removed to a point many
miles south. It is believed this will
be a much safer place than the pres
ent location.
Washington, Jan. 2. Caspar Crown
ingshield, consul at Naples, in a ca
blegram to the state department to
day says that the Messenger of Mes
sina Consulate has arrived at Naples
wounded. He reports that the Chen
ey, family, Pierce and Lupton are all
dead. The recovery of the bodies will
be impossible at' the present time.
Ambassador Griscom at Rome cables
that. Bayard Cutting, Winthrop
Chanler and Military Attache J. Lan
dis are in the earthquake district. Am
bassador Griscom has postponed his
own departure until the arrival of the
Scorpion" from Constantinople. Until
he arrives at Messina, Landis will act
as his personal representative. He
announces that he has notyet received
the names of any American tourists in
the disaster.
The President to-day received the
following telegram from President
"Massiglia of the Italian Central Relief
Committee: "The Italian- Central
Relief Committee is deeply moved by
the spontaneous and generous man
neration of sympathy and human in
terest shown by the American people
in the appalling catastrophe which has
overtaken Italy, and in the sentiment
of all Italians, tender to you and
through you to the American nation,
the expressions of their everlasting
gratitude."
Rome. Jan. 2. A belated telegram
from William H. Bishop, United States
Consul at Palermo was received here
to-day The message was sent yes
terday. Mr. Bishop says it is practi
cally certain that American Consul
Cheney at 'Messina is dead and that
Mr. Lupton, the new American vice-
consul at Messina, was seen shortly
after the quake but has not been heard
from since.
The Pope has given another $200,000
to. the relief fund, making a total gift
from the Vatican funds of $400,000, the
same amount as given at. the outset by
King Emmanuel. The Duchess of
Aosta has turned her large palace at
CVipodimonte into a hospital. The
Duke of Oosta is in Reggio.
The Archbishop of Messina was res
cued to-day from the basement of his
home. . " ' .
""Washington. Jan. 2. The National
Red Cross turned over to the State De
partment to-day $100,000 for the Italian
sufferers, made up of subscriptions t
. s (Continued on Second Page.) ; f
MRS. ERB DESCRIBES
HUSBAND'S DEATH
Had Bitter Quarrel and He
Was Shot Accidentally
She Declares
Had Tried to Kill -Her -and
Her Sister that Night
" Tells in Detail on Witness
. . Stand Events Upon Night
of His Death.
(Special from United Press.)
, Media, Pa., Jan. 2. "My husband was
killed while trying to kill me and my
sister. He attacked me and when ,1
fought him 'off he again tried to kill
me. When my sister came to my as
sistance he tried to kill her. Then
when she wrested the revolver from
him he was accidentally shot. If the
Captain had . not attacked us time and
again he would not have , beei hurt.
Even if he had gone to bed "after the
first attack there would have been no
shooting but he returned again ana"
again . to fight us. His killing could
not have been avoided."
In a voice broken by sobs, but with
a defiant attitude which reverted her
plainly to all present that she had
done something for which she should
not be blamed, Mrs. Captain Erb tqok
the stand. Her story was dramatic
i nthe extreme and made a strong im
pression on the jury.
Mrs. Erb was the first witness of the
day.' As the stern tones of her attor
ney sounded out, "Florence Erb take
the stand, the tears were rolling
down her cheeks as she stepped for
ward to take the oath. . In a reason
ably firm voice . and clear enough to
be heard - throughout the court room
she told her story. The widow was
dressed in deep mourning and long
crepe streamers gave mute evidence
of her bereavement. She settled her
self back in her chair, and with half
closed eyes she awaited the first ques
tion of her attorney.
She gave her name and the answers
to the preliminary questions that
brought her up to the night of the tra
gedy in a subdued voice that was at
times hardly audible. Then she .be
came more composed and her ans
wers were clear and cpuld be heard
all over the room. She told of her
meeting with the captain and of her
life with him at "Red Gables." up to
the early part of October. She swore
that - she was compelled to leave the
house at times because of the abusive
habits of her husband.
"Were you at home on the night of
October 16?" she was asked." "I was."
"What, time did the captain come
home?" "I think it was rather late -
"When did you first see him?" '1
first heard him when he entered the
house. He seemed to be drunk and
I heard him cursing as he came up the
stairs. He came into my room and
demanded where my. sister, Mrs. Bei
sel, was. I told him that I did ' not
know and then he left the room. I
slipped, prt "my clothing- and went
down stairs. . I told the servants that
I was going to the village green hotel.
I went out for a time, returning la
ter." . ."Where. was your husband when you
returned ; to the house?" "I could
hear him', moving about upstairs. He
yelled down, 'Who is that?' I replied
that it was me , and he rushed out of
the . room at me as I came up the
stairs. I turned away but he follow
ed. : Then, as he tried to grasp hold
of me I hit him with the electric
f la&hlight that I was carrying. He
snatched it from my hand and struck
me on the ' head. . "We struggled hard
and he tried to drag' me into his bed
room. ' Finally I broke away from him
and as I ran into my room I picked
up a big glass vase and threw it at
him. It struck him on the head and
broke, cutting him. Then he left me
alone and I went to the. telephone and
called up my sister and asked her to
come to me at once. I was very much
unnerved by his attack.
"During our struggle the captain had
pressed me against the edge of - the
bedroom' door and had hurt me so that
I had struck him repeatedly over the
face and nose with the searchlight and
until I had bruised him considerably.
He was not afraid for his life as he
was a very powerful man and did not
seem to care how badly he was hurt.
"I threw a heavy cup at him be
fore I threw the vase but he dodged
it. The vase lay on a little table in
a corner of the room and I grabbed
it up as I passed."
"When you got your sister on the
phone what did you say to her?" "I
said, 'Sister, the captain is drunk and
I am terribly frightened. He has
abused me terribly. - Please come to
me at once.' ".
"Did she come?" "Yes, she came
over and I told her that I was afraid
for my life. She said she couldn't
stay there all night, that she wouldn't
get into any row with the captain.
"My sister then asked me to accom
pany her to the hotel saying unless I
did so she would leave me in the
house. I asked her to wait until I got
my things and slipped across to the
bathroom. When I was in the bath
room I heard a bolt slide and made up
my mind that the captain was locking
up for the night. . But when I opened
the bathroom door he confronted me
with a revolver. . He cursed me and
ordered me to get out of the house.
He then made as though to shoot me
and I screamed and with him after me.
The captain was overtaking me when
my sister came out of the room and
interfered. He seemed to be very
much surprised arid asked her what
the h she was doing there. When
my sister demanded that he let me
alone he shouted at her, 'You devils
will get all that is coming to you.
Then he" made for her and she ran.
Mrs. Biesel dodged under his arm
and she caught the hand that held
the revolver. As she did so the re
volver went off. They tussled about
the" room. Finally he got her up
against the door of the bathroom and
pinned " her there. She lost her hold
on the revolver and I could see plainly
that my husband was trying to gage
the muzzle of the pistol so as to get
it pointed squarely. It was a life and
death struggle and there was no mis
taking the threats and curses the cap
tain was uttering.
"The pair of them swayed back
wards and forward, he trying to get
full control of the revolver and she
trying to get it away from him. Fin
ally he stumbled.
"I could not see how or what caused
him to lose his balance but he regain
ed it and made for her again. Final
ly I saw my sister with a superior ef
fort wrest the revolver from the cap
tain's hands and the shooting began.
She fired five shots, three of which hit
him: I saw the captain ffall to the
floor.' He. tried to roll 'toward his
(Continued on Second iPage.)
JUDGES OF ELECTION
COURT
AVE NO
Cannot Proceed With Investigation of Fox
if
Charges Against Goy.EIect Lilley.
Judge Robinson Writes Opinion Sustaining Contention
of Lilley -s Attorneys Not An Inquisitorial Com
mission Only Cannot Deprive Any Man of Right
to Trial by Jury of His Peers Synopsis of Opinion
in Which Judges Bennet and Robinson Concur.
, (Special from United Presw.)
JCew Haven, Jan: 2. Judges Bennett
and Robinson appointed - to hear the
George L. Fox charges of violations of
the. corrupt practices act against Governor-elect
George L. Lilley to-day
handed down a decision holding that
they have ' no jurisdiction to sit as a
tribunal , in the election cases.
It throws the Fox charges out of
court until the constitutionality of the
act under which they were . drawn is
ascertained. .
Judge Robinson made the announce
ment and filed the opinion which is a
lengthy one and reviews all the argu
ments adopted by the attorneys for
both sides. The announcement . stated
that the demurrer filed by Fox's attor
neys had been overruled and that the
plea against the jurisdiction, of the
court made by the Lilley attorneys had
been sustained.. Attorney H. K. Jes
sup immediately filed notfee of appeal
to the Supreme Court. The decision
holds that it is unconstitutional to try
a person for a crime without a jury
and the present law provides for the
trial only by-judges.
Judge Bennett also filed an opinion
in the case holding in effect the same
as hie colleague, that the Corrupt Prac
tices Act is unconstitutional in its
present fomn and that the judges had
no right to sit as an inquisitorial com
mittee. The opinion of Judge Robinson was
in part as follows:
This hearing was upon a demurrer
to a plea in. abatement attacking the
jurisdiction of this tribunal and setting
up the unconstitutionality of Section 13
of the act under which the petition is
brought.
The petition of George L. Fox,
charges the defendant with illegal
practices under the act in question and
is brought under the authority : con
tained in Section 13 of the Corrupt
Practices Act of 1907. The defendant
pleads tb this petition that it should
abate and be dismissed because the
judges before whom it i3 irught have
no jurisdiction in the premise, and the
act, or rather the particular portion of
the act, under which this petition ; is
brought, is unconstitutional and void.
The petition. Fox. has demurred to this
plea. He says it is insufficient in law
and in support of this demurrer in
sists that it is a mistake to assume
that this tribunal is judicial in char
acter or clothed with . judicial powers
and functions. , .
His claim is -that this tribunal as
constituted under " this "section of the
act is purely, inquisitorial; that it is
really a commiesion .to, inquire, into
and find ,out' and report , to the Secre
tary of State whether or not any crime
has been committed under this Corrupt
Practices Act. This position is, in my
opinion, untenable. There is no justi
fication for it in the language of the
act.
This section 13 ' calls'-the proceedings
DEATH CAME TO
m PEARSALL AT
HOME OF SON
Black Rock Resident Reput
ed to Be a Millionaire,
Stricken While on
Way South.
Amassed Large Fortune in
Wall Street, New York,
Where for. Many Years
He Was Financially Ac
tive. . Thomas W. Pearsall. a familiar fig
ure in this city where he had resided
for nearly a quarter of a century, died
suddenly yesterday while visiting his
son, Paul Spofford Pearsall, in Wash
ington; D, C. The deceased was 70
years of age and up to about 20 years
ago was a foremost - figure in Wall
Street, New York, where he was a
broker handling the bulk of the trad
ing of the late Jay Gould and Cyrus
W. Field. Since his coming to this
city about 23 years ago Mr. Pearsall
had been one of the dwellers upon the
prettiest knoll along Long Island
shore, Grovers Hill. Black Rock. When
he first built there the George Hotel
was located near, by and the place was
one of the most exclusive summer re
sorts in the country. Since the re
moval of the hotel Mr. Pearsall with
th-2 families of Gen. T. L. Watson and
Jonathan Thome have had the hill
pretty much t themselves except in
the summer time when the cottages
owned- by Jonathan Thome were occu
pied. Although retired Mr. Pearsall kept a
weather eye upon the stock market
and daily he made trips to the local
banking house of T. L. Watson & Co.
by motor car or behind a spirited pair
of horses.
The deceased was a native of New
York city and of Quaker parentage.
He was a veteran of the civil war,
serving in the Seventh New York
Volunteers. For over 20 years he has
been a widower. His wife was a Miss
Spofford. daughter of W. H. Spofford,
of the firm of Spofford, Tilson. Teteste
& Co. This firm was one of the most
famous irt New York before the com
ing of the steamboat. It operated
what was known as the "Blackball
Line" of sailing vessels'.
: After the war he entered the broker
age business and soon became a- finan
cial leader and secured the business of
Gould and Field. This """ured ""s
DECIDE THEY
JURISDICTION
before the two judges as the "trial
judges"; they are to hear the edence
and if they can agree, make a joint
finding as to the guilt or innocence of
the person accused in the petition.
This necessarily involves the deter
mination of questions of law and fact.
This certainly bears very little resem
blance to an investigation by a com
mission of inquiry..
By the terms of this section 13 this
tribunal is required to hear the evi
dence and from it find the defendant
guilty or not guilty and . that finding,
if it be one of guilt, is followed by
ineligibility to hold any public office
for four years. . ,. ,
Surely a tribunal of this sort cloth
ed with such powers whose finding of
guilt is to have such punitive results,
is something more than an . inquisi
torial commission. I must conclude
and hold that a judicial tribunal with
judicial functions and powers, was in
tended by the legislature, one whose
finding of guilt would be effectual and
punitive.
Can this tribunal proceed to a hear
ing and determination .of the charges
in this petition without disregarding
certain constitutional provisions? I
think not.
So apparent and vital are these ques
tions that if the defendant's counsel
had not called .the attention of this
tribunal to them, I, as one of the mem
bers of it, should have felt it my im
perative duty to ask for a preliminary
discussion of them." " If ' this ' court
should, as it may, find him guilty from
his own testimonv thus compelled, his
ineligibility to office for four years
follows as a matter of course. The
act does not exempt him .from this
result.
Referring again to the fact that the
hearing before this tribunal must be
without aid of a jury, it must be borne
in mind that by our constitution "the
right of trial by jury shall remain in
violate." -
The purpose of the author of this
section was commendable- a.nd -reformatory
but such laws to be - enforce
able must be prepared in the light of
constitutional limitations. A reform to
be effective should not be inaugurated
by - violating the fundamental law of
the state.
I hold this section 13 to ; be uncon
stitutional. In my opinion this de
murrer must be overruled and the pe
tition must abate . and be . dismissed.
Attorney Jessup for Mr, Fox said
after the decision: "We have just filed
a notice of appeal from the ruling of
the judges and are now looking up on
just what grounds the judges base
their decision.
"It is not . yet definitely decided that
we will appeal -the case although it is
probable that we will. Of course I do
not know just what the nature of the
decision is and consequently I don't
know whether or not we have grounds
to; an appeal. An appeal must be ta
ken within ten days and will of course
go before the Supreme Court of Er
rors for review." '
fortune and he had since been rated
as a millionaire. On one or two oc
casions in late years he is said to have
suffered severe " losses but if he did Mr.
Pearsall appeared the least worried
about them. '
Mr. Pearajall attended the reunion of
his regiment in New York a short time
ago and caught a cold which impaired
his health. Six weeks ago he decided
to go to Augusta, Ga., and spend the
wirter there. On the way South he
was taken ill and stopped in Washing
ton to visit his son who. is the son-in-law
of Admiral Hichborne. - He was
obliged to remain at the capital until
the end came. Besides his son he is
survived by a . daughter, Mrs. E. Rob
bins Walker, whose husband is a mem
ber of the banking -firm of. Joseph
Walker & Sons. 20 Broad street. New
York. "Valvular heart trouble was the
cause of death.
The deceased was a member of the
Union League Club, the society of the
Metropolitan Museum of Ar the
Academy of Design, American Geo
graphical Society, and the Automobile
Club of America.
The first news of the death of Mr.
Pearsall was received in this city yes
terday by General T. L. Watson who
has been his friend for many years.
It is believed the burial will be in New
York. At the Pearsall residence here
the members of the household were in
formed that the funeral arrangements
would be known this afternoon.
Weather Indications.
New Haven, Jan. 2. Forecast : Fair
with slowly rising temperature to
night and Sunday.
A slight disturbance is developing to
day in the extreme Northwest. Pleas
ant Aveather prevails in all sections east
of the Mississippi river. Temperatures
below zero were reported from Minne
sota and Maine. Freezing temperatures
extend as far south as Georgia.
Washington. Jan. 2. A special bulle
tin issued by the Weather Bureau to
day eays:
"A disturbance now over the extreme
north Pacific will move east, south
eastward, causing rains and snows by
Monday in the middle western states,
extending Tuesday to the central val
leys and upper lake region and middle
and north Atlantic states."
RAILROAD DEFAULTS INTEREST.
New York. Jan. 2. Default was made
to-day on the January interest of the
Pittsburg. Wheeling and Lake Erie
Coal Company 4 per cent, bonds of 1903.
About SfSSO 000 in bonds are outstand
ing. The entire capital stock of the
company is owned by the Wheeling and
Lake Erie Railway.
DEBATE THIS EVENING.
There will be a meeting of the Fra
ternal Literary Club this evening in
Fraternity hall. 62 Cannon street. Af
ter a business session; an open debate
Will be held on the subject: "Resolv
ed, That the Carnegie profit sharing
plan offers a satisfactory solution of
th -ior pr--'-."
A 23 MILL TAX RATE REQUIRED
TO MEET DEMANDS ON TAXPAYERS
This on Basis of Requisitions Lodged by City Boards
With City Auditor Pruning Knife Will Be Freely
Used by Apportionment Board Fifteen New Po
licemen Asked for Three Thousand DollarsfWant
ed to Pay Building Code Committee for Many Meet
ings Its Members Have Held.
City Auditor Keating, who is busy
preparing his report to the board of
Apportionment, which meets next Wed
nesday, is of the opinion that the re
quisitions of the various departments
if granted for their full amount would
require at least a 23. mill tax. The
auditor recommended that the requisi
tions of . a year ago be reduced a half
million dollars in order to establish a
15.5 mill tax. Despite his recommenda
tion the tax rate was 15.6 mills.
Only about two-thirds of the annual
budget is represented by the estimates
of the various boards and committees
of the city. The other third Is applied
MITCHELL DYING;
MYSTERY UNSOLVED
Death of Stabbing Affray
Victim Expected at. Any
Time by Hospital Author
ities. Christ Schick Says Mitchell
Told Him He Was As
saulted by -Two Men
Whose Names He Would
Not Divulge.
Chris Shick who conducts the board
ing house at Reilly and Pembroke Sts;,
where John Mitchell the victim of last
Sunday night's stabbing boarded,
claims that Mitchell was not assaulted
within the house or near it. . The in
formation in the hands of the police
is to the effect that the stabbing took
place "in the boarding house at Reilly
and Pembroke v streets." - ;
Mitdhell's skull was penetratedkby
the implement used by his assailant
and he is dying at the Bridgeport hos
pital. Chris Schick, the - boarding
house keeper said yesterday to a Far
mer reporter: "According to Mitchell's
story he was pitched upon by two men
while he was standing at Pembroke
and Willard streets. He was cut se
verely and he went to the Emergency
hospital where two stitches were taken
in niar head to ' close the wound. - When
he came home. he. told me he had an
argument with two fellows. Monday
he went out of his head' and Tuesday
I reported the matter , to the police."
Asked if Mitchell had not told him
who his assailants were Schick said,
"No, i asked him who they were and
he 'told me, I know them. I had an
argument with them before and I will
get square with them yet.,"
Mitchell is a tailor 25 years of age, a
native of Bohemia and has no relatives
in .this Country. Up to the time of
(UNCLASSIFIED.)
TO RENT. Six large rooms, all im
provements, rent moderate. 435
Lafayette St. T 2 s p o
TO RENT. 5 rooms in new house, $11.
1532 . North Ave.," opposite Lexington
" Ave. ; ' - a P
LOST. A square yellow woolen horse
blanket on Iranistah avenue near
Railroad. Return 1397 State St. Re
ward, . a p
WANTED.--Railway Mail Clerks. Com
mencement salary $800.00. marcn ex
aminations. Preparation free. Write
immediately. Franklin Institute,
Dept. 487, Rochester.' N.Y. , A 2 1 p 6 3
ADVERTISER desires financial part
ner to market new wonderful inven
tion necessary on every trolley,
steam and subway car, immense
profits, complete monopoly. $5,000 re
quired. ' Address Patented, this of
fice. A 2 b
WE HAVE FOR SALE two small ho
tels, three first class caies, one iur
nished room house and two good res
taurants, centrally : located. If you
want to sell your business we will
get you a Duyer. Bridgeport Busi
ness Brokerage Co., Room 32, Lincoln
Bldg. ap
FOR SALE One new two-family.ten
room house, .East imageporx. noi
water, bath, gas, furnaces, fences,
curb, -gutter, sidewalk, one block
from trolley, ten minutes irom ue
pot; a rare opportunity to procure
a desirable piece of property for
$3,500 on easy terms. The Bridge
port Land & Title Co. A 2 s
FOR ' SALE. Pianos, Ives & . Pond,
$125; Mathushek, $150; . also Chicker-
- ing Bros.. McPhail, R. S. Howard,
- Milton, and slightly used Steinway
Grand Pianos; will sell on weekly
payments of $1.25. 844 Noble ave
nue. T 28 do
CASCA LAXINE tablets, the thing for
constipation and stomach troubles.
. G 1 o
WANTED. Girl for general house
work. Apply 563 Fairfield Ave.
T 14 tf. o
A. FRANK, Optician and Loan office,
has removed to 1214 Main St. 12 tfo
TO RENT. Newly furnished lodge hall
several evenings. Inquire, August
Se'th. 75 State street, or Matt Wleler.
12SS Main street. I 4 S'po
TO RENT. 12S9 Howard Ave.. 6 rooms
all improvements, at reduced rent,
$15. C. A. Monahan, Room 10, 1025
Main St. H 14 m'po
. . -. - ....
DR. WALTERS, DENTIST, 1062 Main
St. Office hours from 8 a. m. to
9:30 p- m. Sundays 9 a. m. to 2
p. m. ' P 23 o
NOTICEu
Because many have abused the priv
ilege, no more skating will be allowed
at Beardsley Park reservoir and a
special policeman will be , stationed
there to prevent skaters from'going on
the ice. :'
BRIDGEPORT HYDRAULIC COM
a PANT. s
for by the auditor and Includes such .,
itenfs as the county tax, advertising. .
printing, . and stationery, interest , and
payments on funded debt, military
commutation tax, indexing land-Tec-.'
The auditor will recommend reduc
tions in the amount of the estimates
of the city departments until he has
the total down to what an equitable ,
tax rate for the city will' represent, ac- '
cording to his judgment. The city's ,.
fiscal year begins April 1st.
A list containing a number of the
requisitions and showing in comparison,
some of the appropriations made for a
few of the departments is as follows: .
(Continued on Second Page.)
the assault, Mitchell .worked in a tail
or shop in Reilly street. "':.
At the hospital the death of Mitchell
Is expected any minute and Bridgeport
may have another murder mys
which like the death of John
the Russian who was blow;
compressed air at . the Wes
of the Crane Co., may never
IN THE CITY CO
As the result of a row in a housT
iat the corner of Park avenue and
Johnson streets, last night, John Welo
wick and John Holah were each fined
$5 and costs and John Martionski was
discharged. All of the parties board
in the house and the row occurred in a
closet. Patrolman McCullough wa4
called in and took all of the parties to
headquarters.
Felix Fendro. a boy charged witfo
stealing brass trimmings from ' tha
trolley cars at the Bast .End barns s
was held until Monday when, he will b s
tried. Patrolman Hall found him last
night with a' bag of plunder and a
screw driver with which he is suppos-
ed to have removed the fittings. . . ,
The case of Henry Scott, charged
with the robbery of Reuben Summers
last June, was continued till Jan. 4.' -
The bond of Mrs. Edna "Fusaro, .
charged with shoplifting4, was reduced
to $15 and forfeited. The case was
to have come up today but through ar.
error in recording the date of the con- ,
tinuance the accused was not in court '
and forfeited the bond.
v William . Koslof ski. who was arrestee
Sby Patrolman Murphy, was dischargee
by Judge Pullman with the remark
that no "divinity .hedged about' the
person of a policeman." Patrolman
Murphy was given the laugh by some
young men in the West End when h
failed to catch a man who had broker,
a window in a Chinese .laundry. vv The
officer had an altercation with '"th
crowd which had collected and the ar rest
followed. ' '
WATjIj STREET .TO-DAY.;' ?
. (Special from United Press.) v
11 a. m. The market-after the, first
hour held fairly well. ' A number of
specialties made sharp advances but
the room was : disposed to sell. -Tha,
leadfng railroad stocks reacted befor
the end of the hour showing fractional,
net declines.
WANTED. Immediately, girl for sec
ond work. Apply , 887 Park Ave. .
. . T 31
TO RENT 5 room tenement, first
an ; improvements. Darn If reqil
224 Wheeler Ave. T 3
WANTED Experienced window
er and card writer. In repiyin?
salary, experience and ref
Grieve. Bissett & Holland Dry
Waterbury, . Conn. . A
THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOr
Fairfield avenue, begins its neJ
.sion January 5th. The sue
eyperience of this school in
men for many . different univf
enables it to so plan the worl
students that the u&ual time t1
aratiort is materially shorfene
a result is insured also by thf
. ial mstruci'cn given to eve
dent. .11
NOW IS THE TIME to cow
pipes, boilers and furnaces a;
.. the cost in coal in one winter
evenings until 8 o clock. Te
John F. Walsh. 114 Kosuth St
7 524
WINDOW GLASS We will sell
anv size fflass vou need, set It
you, too. at reasonable prices. Beck,
hoff & Bennett, 97 East Main St.
G "tfo 2 4 i
FOR SALE. High grade uprigh( ,
. piano, cheap. Square pianoi, 30 cts.
a week. 12 Piano Boxes good for
ash box or chicken coops. 8-14 No
ble Ave. S 24 tf 2 4 6
GAS LAMPS, Inverted Vpomplete 68cj
Ever Ready, 50c; Portable, complete
with 'tube,' $2 50, at The Liberty, 1021,
Broad St. Open evenings. .,
T 30 tf o
WANTED. Women to do light hand
sewlne in the factorv. ,Thos who rf
not care to operate sewing machfnej
will find this congenial and profit...
able work. No experience necessary 7'
Apply to The Warner Bros. Co. ,
T 31 d o -
WANTED. Sewing machine operatort
on corset work. Any women whe '
have run foot power machines car
ready learn the work. Many nr'.c?
have been raised, and all are held ai
the highest point with plenty or
work. Apply to The Warner Jliros
Co. T 31 d j
POLO AND HOCKEY SUPPLIES 4 i
prices lowest In the city. Large lint VMV
to select from at The Liberty, 102! (
Broad St. Open evenings. -
'T 30 tf n
CARD READER. Advice on all af
fairs, 25c. Mrs. Levy, G74 Madison
Ave., 4th house above North Ave.
' G 6 tf.
NOTICE...
Annual smoker of Bricklayers &
Plasterers' Union, No. 2, will ba held
Monday evening. .Jan. 4, Emmet hall.
State St. MusicN and ; refreshments.
All Bricklayers and Plasterers of the
city invited. Per
JAMES FITZPATRICKV '
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