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THE WEATHER
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Stand. 14rt FAIKHELD ATESCE
tomorrow.
VOL. 48. NO. 48
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1912
PRICE ONE CENT
ALL RECORDS
FORHIGH WINDS
ARE SHATTERED
Gala Sweeps Over Gotham With
Velocity Of 90
An Hour, Today
SIGNS AND LANDMARKS
SWEPT INTO STREET
Traffic Paralyzed, Trains Late
And Wires Are Down
In State
fSpecial from United Press.)
New York, Feb. 22. All records
for high winds In the local weather
bureau were shattered, today, when a
sale swept across the city attaining a
maximum velocity of 96 miles an
hour. Scores of p'ateglass windows
were shattered in the business section
and many mammoth electric signs,
landmarks of the city, along Broad
way, were swept into the street. Al
though many persons were bruised
and cut by being hit with flying glass
and pieces of demolished signs, no
one was killed.
A six thousand pound electric sign
was torn from a building at 42nd
street and Broadway and fell into tho
roadway, just) missing a crowded elec
tric car. Another big sign was blown
into the middle of Columbus Circle:
Reports from upstate say that the
rain cf last night hau turned to snow
and all trains are hours late. Traffic
generally is para'yzed and several
cities are absolutely cut oft from com
munication with the outside, tele
graph and telephone wires being
down. "
One result -of the wind, and a rain
fall that accompanied it. was a col
lision on the Brooklyn Bridge between
a' Smith street trolley car and a re
pair car in which a dozen passengers
were bruised and cut by flying glass
and traffic interrupted for an hour in
the early rush.
EVEBTTHIXG OX CALEJfDAR.
Thunder, Lightning, Rain, Hail, Sleet
and Blinding Snown storm Swoop
Down on Boston.
Boston, Feb. 22. Thunder and
lightning, rain, hail, sleet and a blind
ing snowstorm of 30 minutes dura
tion about 10 o'clock, today, followed
by a 40 mile gale that was in turn
succeeded by an hour's calm, during
which the skies cleared and the, sun
forced the thermometer up from 32
to 38 degrees, was Boston's freak
weather between midnight and day
light this morning.
Rhortlv after midnight a downpour
was succeeded by a fal1 of hailstones
that hurt when they hit. uozens or
the wild pigeons that roost by the
thousands in church cupolas and tow
ters and she'tered nooks of skyscrap
ers and residences all over Boston
proper were killed or maimed y the
frozen raindrops. About 2 o'clock the
hail stopped and Boston and towns
and cities in tne metropolitan nwrni
were treated to a terrific lightning
thunderstorm which did considerable
damage in outlying sections.
SOUND VESSELS TIED UP.
Lumber Schooner Ashore at Goshen
Point, Cast Up By Terrific Blow,
and Crew Missing.
New London, Feb. 22. The lumber
schooner Thurlow. bound from Ban
gor to" New Haven, is ashore, today,
at Goshen Point, two miles west of
this harbor, where it was cast up
high on the Band by last night's ter
rific blow on Long Island Sound. The
crew has not been heard from al
though they are believed to have es
' caped to the mainland. The vessel is
in no danger of breaking up.
The T. A. Scott Company's wireless
caught a call from the Long Is'and
station to a revenue cutter, to hurry
to the aid of two barges adrift be
tween Montauk Point and Block In
land. A third barge sank at 9:30,
this morning. No tug was mentioned
Jn the wireless messages.
The steamer Richard Peck anchor
ed off Fisher's Islnd, last night, to
escape the gale. The steamer Mo
hawk rested for a short time under
Haughton's Point but got away at 7
o'clock, this morning. The wind is
etilf blowing at a 60 mi'es an hour
clip. Other steamers are reported
several hours late.
DAM WASHED AWAY.
East Haddam, Feb. 22. The ice in
Salmon River broke up, today, and
washed away a new dam belonging to
the Leesville Electric Lighting Plant
and an auxiliary -as engine below the
dam. As a result, the towns of East
Haddam. East Hampton and Mood us
will be without electric lights for
some time. Several motorboats in
the river were buried and wrecked by
the onrushing ice.
DELEGATES DELATED.
Oklahoma City. Feb. 22. Because
of the severe storm which swept Okla
homa, yesterday, many delegates to
the Democratic State Convention,
scheduled for today, were very lato in
arriving.
Trains carrying delegates from a
half dozen counties were stalled in
. snowdrifts, last night, and the con
vention will not be called to order un
til late this afternoon. It may pos
sibly have to be postponed until to
morrow. The lines between the Clark and
"Wilson factions were tightly drawn,
today. Both sides were sti.l claiming
a. majority of the delegates.
TEDDY'S TRAIN HELD UP.
New York, Feb. 22. The Lake
Shore train on which Colonel Roose
velt is returning from Ohio and which
was due here' at 9 o'clock, was held
up more than three hours by the
storm. The train was an hour late in
leaving Cleveland and it was said at
the local offices that it was not likely
to arrive until 12:30, this afternoon.
MRS. FOX'S FATHER DEAD.
Special from United Press.)
New Haven, Feb. 22. Dec-orated by
Queen Victoria for bravery in the
Crimean war. Jamps Sault, 78, guard
Ian of the New Haven road's vaults,
is dead, today. He also served
- through the Civil war in this country.
Eault formerly lived in Norwalk. He
left a widow and family. One daugh
ter, Mrs. Elbert Fox, resides in
Bridgeport.
WHITE THREATENS TO
TELL COURT INSIDE
TAX SCANDAL STORY
If Union Tpyewriter Company Sues, Veteran Member of
Board of Relief Will Testify According to What
He Knows Took Place
That the Union Typewriter Co.
plans to take to the courts the re
fusal of the board of relief to stick
to its original figures in granting the
plant a reduction of $32,722, became
generally known today.
The company was assessed at $382,
6 94 on the list of 1911. This was a
jump of $88,314 over the assessment
of last year. The company appealed
from the assessment, and the board
of relief in its original report, as pre
sented to Mayor Wilson, recommend
ed a deduction of $32,722.
Later, when the second report of
the board of relief was made out.
several other big manufactories were
granted still greater relief than in the
TAFT
AGAINST GOVERNMENT
OWNERSHIP OF TELEGRAPHS
Sends Message Of
Congress-Advocates Doubling Rates
On Periodicals
CSpecial from United Press.)
Washington, Feb. 22 President Taft
is "agin" government ownership of
telegraphs,' the pet project of Postmas
ter General Hitchcock. Today, the
President aired his views on the mat
ter in a special message to Congress,
submitting the report of the postal
commission approving its recommen
dation that rates on newspapers and
magazines be doubled, from one to
two cents a pound.
Doubling of the second class mail'
rate against publishers means from
$7,000,000 to $10,000,000 annually. But
the increased rates would still be
about only one-third of the cost of
handling. The message, with the com
mission's report, is a hefty little pack
age of about 50,000 words one of th,
bulkiest message jots Taft has done.
In lambasting government owner
ship, Taft says:
"I cannot agree with the recommen
dation (Hitchcock's), that ttig tele
graph lines be made a part of the
post office system. I believe tht true
principle is that "private ownership
should carry on such public utilities
under due regulation of rates rather
than . that the government itself should
conduct them. I do not think it in
accordance with the best public policy
thus greatly to increase the body of
public servants."
Taft takes out the "sting" however,
by fulsome praise of Hitchcock's ad
MUCH WORK FOR
COLLECTOR C00IIEY
Expected to Collect Tax
Levied This Year and
$50,000 on Lists of Other
Years.
Tax Collector B. F. Cooney has his
work laid out for him by the board of
Apportionment, this year. He is ex
pected to collect not only the entire,
taxes levied upon the list of 1911, but
also $25,000 from the First district and
$25,000 from the Second district, in
back taxes.
The board of Apportionment's pre
liminary rate of 15.8 mills, fixed ve
terday, is five-tenths of a mill X -at
er than the estimate of the city audi
tor. Mr. Keating's recommendations
ca led for a rate of 7.4 mills in the
First district, and 7.9 mills in the Sec
ond district.
Re-adjustment of the lists of the dis
trict by a committee of officials re
sulted in a number of alterations of
the various items as charged between
the two districts. But the cuts rec
ommended by Mr. Keating were not
followed in all instances.
It Is part of the task of the city au
ditor to prepare for the board of ap
portionment a year'y report with es
timates based upon the requisitions of
the various departments. The audi
tor always takes into consideration
the fact that there will be taxes left
unraid. It has been his cus'om to
estimate as the revenue from taxation
an amount equal to the entire tax.
Experience of the past shows that
this is a reasonably accurate method,
for the delinquents of the fiscal year
are made up in the payments of those
in arrears on former years together
with the interest charges on the over
due taxes.
The board of Apportionment how
ever, has adopted as part of their pre
liminary estimate two i'ems of $25,
000 each, one for each district, as rev
enue from back taxes. He is also
expected to co lect under their es'l
mate, all the taxes on the list of 1911
Mr. Cooney should appreciate this
unusual mark of confidence from the
tax levying body.
The action taken by the board of
Apportionment rc tive to the three
mills rebate, to residents of the First
d'strict only was upon the mo.lon of
Commissioned Hincks.
The motion is an expression of opin
ion, in effect, from the board of Ap
portionment, and it is forwarded on
their motion, to the Common Coun
cil for its consideration. The resolu
tion follows:
Resolved, That the keeping of the
records and checks of the "First dis
trict only" taxpayers who are entitled
to a rebate of three mills on the list
of 1910 under the ruling of the then
city attorney should' in our opirion be
kept in the office of the tax collector
irrespective of who the incumbent may
be.
And be it further resolved that a
copy of this resolution be forwarded to
the Common Council for its consideration
i original signed report, and the Union
Typewriter Co. was left in the lurch
T. F. White, the veteran of the
board of relief has served notice up
on Mayor Wi'son that if the figures
of the board of relief are brought in
to court, he will disclose the entire
circumstances surrounding the un
usual procedure of the making over
of the report of the board as at first
made out.
He signed the report under protest,
it is understood, and warned Mayor
Wilson that if any question was made
of the work of the board, he would
not shield the mayor of his legal
friends who prevailed upon him to
have the supplementary a lowances
rnaae to certain lactones ami 10 ii
without help.
50,000 Words To
ministration, stating he heartily con
curs with the recommendation of
Hitchock and the postal commission
to boost the newspaper and magazine
mail rates.
The commission, which held many
public hearings and dug deep in pos
tal records, says It costs about 5 1-2
cents a pound to carry newspapers and!
magazines. It says this mail em
braces two-thirds of all mail matter,
but furnishes only five percent of pos
tal revenues.
Taft and the commission declare
against discriminating between news
papers and magazines in raising rates
and also against charging extra for
bulky ads in magazines. The flat rate
of two cents a pound, to be made with
plenty of notice in advance, is unani
mously agreed upon as a solution,
with the balance of cost of carrying
as a subsidy in thu interest of pub
lic education.
Extension of the plan to ship maga
zines by freight instead of mail, to
decrease costs, is recommended. Con
tinuance of free country circulation
for small country newspapers also is
recommended.
The commission' expresses the. belief
that the railroads are charging the
government exorbitant rates for car
rying the mails and urges a Federal
investigation.
(The text of the President s message
will be found on page two of today's
issue.
NATIONAL GASH
REGISTER CO.'S
MENJNDICTED
Concern Regarded As Trust,
Having a Monopoly on
This Business
ENTERED INTO CONSPIRACY
TO RESTRAIN COMPETITION
Indictments for President
Patterson and 29 Other
Officials
(Special from United Press.)
Cincinnati, Feb. 23 President John
H. Patterson, of the National Cash
Register Co., at Dayton, O., and other
officials of the company, were indict
ed here, today, by the Federal Grand
Jury.
It is alleged that the cash registe
concern is a trust, having a monopoly
on the register business.
It is charged that the defendants
entered into a conspiracy in 1902 to
restrain competition. Xhe charges are
practicajly tbe same as those brought
in a civil suit against the cash reg
ister company in Cincinnati, Dec. 4,
through Attorney General Wicker
shum. That suit asked United States
District Judge Hollister to restrain
the corporation from continuing a
monopoly.
A fine of $5,000 and a prison sen
tence of one year or both are pro
vided under the Indictments.
Twenty-nlna other officials, em
ployes and former employes of the
cash register company, were indicted
with Patterson.
The government charges against
some of .the defendants. District At
torney McPherson says, include th
bribery of employes of competitors
and transportation, telegraph and tele
phone companies. These alleged of
fenses, he says, have been going on
for twenty years but the government'
indictments, consisting of three counts,
are based on operations in the past
three years.
The company, it is further charged
by McPherson. cut prices and formed
mythical companies to take out their
registers. Suits were threatened and
bep-un to harass other companies, he
alleges, and further he says. em
ployes of rival corporations were hir
ed to injure those firms, while efforts
were made to ruin their credit.
It is charged the National Cash Reg
ister Co.. by Its Methods, lias either
driven out or bought all but five oth--,.
cp..v. register companies. i
BRANDT TO TELL
HIS OWN STORY
TO GRAND JURY
Will Swear Setoff Lawyer
Promised Mi!d Sentence
On Admitting Guilt
WITNESS AT PROBE
OF CONSPIRACY CHARGE
Gerard's Decision Setting Aside
30 Years Sentence Not
Filed Till Tomorrow '
(Special from United Press.)
New York, Feb. 22. When Justice
Gerard's decision
setting aside the
sentence of 30
years imprisonment
imposed on Foulke E. Brandt, the
former Schiff valet, is filed, tomor
row, thus making it effective, his at
torneys, Robert M. Moore and Mira
beau L. Towne, will move for his dis
charge in their custody to await the
decision of the appeal to be taken
from the decision sustaining the writ
or habeas corpus.
It was stated, today, that District
Attorney Whitman will not oppose
this action and, also, if Justice Ger
ard's decision is finally sustained, he
will move to set aside the indictments
remaining against Brandt, on the
ground that he has been sufficiently
punished.
The Gerard decision was withheld
until after the end of the court day,
yesterday, for the benefit of Gover
nor Dix. Today being a legal holi
day, it cannot be filed, and thus be
come effective until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the strongest pressure
is being brought to bear on Governor
Dix to head off the court decision
with a pardon. This is because some
of those interested in the Brandt case
fear the Gerard decision may be up
set and want the governor to act. As
soon as the decision is entered, Dix's
power to pardon ends because then
B-andt is presumably an innocent
iran, simply resting under indictment
and awatttng trial.
Governor- Dix conferred with his
special commissioner. Former Judge
Richard L. Hand, today, regarding the
latter's investigation and discussed
with him the latest demand made on
behalf of Schiff, Mrs. Schiff and their
attorney, Howard S. Gans, that they
be permitted to tell their story under
oath.
District Attorney Whitman has pre
pared injunction papers and will file
them at once if Dix decides to let
either Gans or Schiff t"s?k. lie told
Hand plainly, on Tuesday, that he ex
pected indictments against both men
for conipiracy and that, if they are
allowed to testifv publicly it will be
because it is intended to make them
immume from prosecution.
The grand jury investigation of the
conspiracy charge will be resumed, to
morrow, when Brandt will be a wit
ness. He will tell the complete story
of the negotiations which ended in
his pleading guilty to first degree
burglary. He will swear positively
that Gan.9 called on him in his cell
and told him that if he admitted his
guilt he would get a mild sentence of
about a year ana mat, wnen ne was
discharged, he would be given money
and a ticket -back to his home in
Sweden. Brandt will probably be the
last witness called by the grand jury.
MAYOR HOLDS
UP ORDER ON
RENT CHECKS
Mayor Wilson has not yet signed
the resolution adopted by the board
of aldermen at its meeting Monday
evening, which practically restored to
the board of Charities the prerogative
they had always exercised, of super
vising the payment of rents for the
poor.
One of the first measures introduc
ed at the instance of tne new ail
ministra tion was one takiner from tht
LOard of Charities this power, and
vesting It in the city auditor. When
it was found that the city auditor
could not legally draw these checks,
the work was thrust upon the office
of the city clerk.
Under the old system, checks for
rent were paid out by the Charities
clerk, from an appropriation set aside
each month by the Charities board,
upon request of Superintendent Jos
eph Brennan,. who would name the
necessary amount. There are between
ISO and 145 cases receiving rent from
the city.
Under the new system the Charities
applicants have to get a rent bill
from their landlord. This Is passed
upon by the board of Charities and
Clerk O'Neil has to make out dupli
cates. These are then sent to the
Finance committee of the Common
Council to be approved. When this
formality is over, the vouchers are
sent .to the city clerk, who has to
make out 145 checks. Then these have
to be entered four separate times by
the city auditor, involving an extra
ordinary amount of needless work all
around, without one penny's savins
to the city or the slightest increase in
efficiency.
The first time that the new sys
tem was tried, it created something
of an uproar in City Hall on account
of the amount of work involved and
the resolution in the council to abol
ish it followed.
Although the impression gained
ground that the mayor wished to have
the old system restored, it appears
from recent developments that he was
not in sympathy with the resolution
as it appeared on Monday evening. He
has held up the resolution without his
signature although he has approved
all the other actions of the council
at its meeting Monday evening.
Weather Indications
(Special from United Press.)
Washington. Feb. 22. Forecast for
New England: Fair tonight and Fri
day, much colder tonight.
Pittsburgh Dominio Lapiano, as
sistant keeper at the Highland Zoo.
claims that he is able to converse
with "John," a three year old chim
panzee. In monkey language.
CLEMENCY FOR LAGNO
MAY FOLLOW WHITE
SLAVE CONFESSION
DORA HERMANN IDENTIFIES DOMlNICO
CESARE, ALLEGED LEADER OF GANG, AS
MAN WHO POINTED HER OUT TO LAGNO
Ten Prisoners at County Jail Not Allowed to See Anyone
Rumors That Other Members' of the Gang Are
Anxious to Turn State's Evidence Lagno's Com
plete Confession a Sensational One His Sentence
Probably to Be Light in View of His Valuable Testi
monv for the State.
With Dominiieo Cesare of 624 East
Main street picked out and positively
identified by Dora Hermann as the
man who pointed her out on the
street, Saturday night, February 10,
Just before she was assaulted and
slashed by Joseph Lagno, the man
who turned State's evidence in the
criminal Superior court yesterday,
prospects today look blacker than ever
for the ten men who were arrested in
the sudden and sensational raid that
followed Lagno's testimony.
The State is rapidly collecting dam
aging evidence against the accused,
and all face the prospect of long pris
on terms when they are formally ar
raigned before the Superior court.
The arrest of the ten accused "white
slavers" was made without warrant,
under the Connecticut statute which
provides that arrests may be made on
"speedy information" without the for
maity of waiting for warrants.
The whole affair occurred within
twenty minutes time, and the accused
men were rounded up so qu'ckly that
they had no chance of getting word
or warning to each other while the
raid was in progress.
The denouement in the Superior
court which led to the raid was sud
den and sensational. Joseph Lagno,
known to have acted as tbe tool of a
gang of white slavers, was on trial
for slashing Dora Hermann, slitting
her cheek from mouth to ear with a
hooked carpet knife as a. punishment
for her defiance of the "white slav
ers." Under the guidance of his counsel.
Attorney Frederick B. Fallon, the ac
cused man was giving his testimony in
his own behalf. Suddenly he halted.
"I want to tell the truth," he declar
ed. "I will tell all I know."
He then began to make a complete
confession. The trial was stopped and
a hurried conference of counsel fol
lowed. Lfigno"s confession came as a
thunderbolt to Attorney Fallon, to
whom Lagno had a'ways protested his
innocence. Attorney' Fallon at once
arranged for a continuance to Friday
to arrange for a change of plea and
then Lagno's statement was taken.
Knowing that word of what had
happened " in the city court would
spread about "the tenderloin' 1'ke
wildfire. Prosecuting Attornev Alexan
der DeLaney arranged a raiding party
on the spur of the moment. Deputy
Sberiffs J. W. Vollmer, Antonio b
riola, H. R. E wood and D?tect've Hall
and Patrolmen Bray, Glennon and
Barton, and Special Officer Chembelos
at once staged out with Lagno acting
as their guide.
Then followed a sensational and hur
ried raid around the "tende-loin", hilf
a dozen different places being visited
and Lagno pointing- out in each a man
or men whom he accused of being
members of the "white s'ave" gans
wh;eh employed him as its tool and
assassin.
The patrol wagon was pressed into
the service of the raiding party and
the prisoners were bundled into it.
After this section of the city had been
scoured, the auto patrol rushed with
the party to 6-24 East Main street,
where dwelled Dominico Cesare, the
alleged leader of the "white slavers."
The raiding party surrounded Ce
sare 8 Home, trosecutmg Aito-ney
DeLanev entered through the back
door whl'e Cesare was keeping the
front door shut against his unwelcome
visitors. Cesare was immediately
searched for weapons and then bun
dled out into the patrol wagon w-ith
the others.
Those arrested, and the places at
which they were found, was as fol
lows: ""inico Cesare, 624 East Main
street.
r auruzio Cavillio, Union Square.
Frank and Ernest Cozza, prop-ieors
of a rool room at Main street and
Sou'h avenue1,
Chilino Gregor'o, keeper of Spaghetti
house in Water street.
James and Frank Matti, lower end
of State street.
Albert Testo, Union Square.
Gaetano Ronanro, New York city.
James Aricolo, South Main street.
After they were taken to the county
court house and locked up in the cell
rooms there, bench warrants, which
brirg them immediately before the Su
perior court, were issued for each.
Last night they were removed to the
county Jail in North avenue, where
they are kept in isolated cells today.
Nobody is al owed to talk with tha-n.
After the raid and arrests, Lagno.
who a' goes under the name of
i Guiserpi Vinci, was .put under a more
extended examination ana gave a com
plete statement.
While no definite understanding had
been reached today, it is probable that
Attorney Fallon will enter a plea of
guilty to some minor offense for his
client when the latter comes to trial,
and the state will not press for severe
purishment, in view of Lagno's con
vfesslon and valuable tetimony in the
other cases. No agreement to this
effect has been made between the
counsel for the defense and the state's
attorney but some leniency is gener
ally accorded a witness who turns
state's evidence and confesses.
After the arrested men were broug'it
to the county court house Dora Her
mann, the victim of the gang's con
spiracy, was brought before them and
she immediately identified Cesare as
the one who pointed her out on the
street to Lagno on the night of Feb.
10, just before Lagno entered her
apartment and slashed her.
Others were identified by her as
members of a group that threatened
her in the Waterbury cafe one night
and warned her that she would be
slashed for her interference with their
nefarious business.
The Hermann woman had told her
story very frankly, before Lagno was
called to the stand. She testified that
she had induced a young woman nam-
ed Stella to leave an Italian procurer i Hegeleime of South Norwalk at a
named Tony Youngs and come with surprise dinner to Miss Hazel Finkel
vr to live. Threatened by the band, stone in honor of her 18th birthday.
of "whitp slflvfrfc" tt-hn uiii-LQicat rt tiiA
earnings of the unfortunate women in ! Adolph Stern, the clerk who was
the "Tenderloin", she defied them and j hJ thieves who had robbed th-
was told that she would be slashed. I Jfcobl Jeweiry store at Thirteenth
Tt was nearly two weeks afterward ?treei and, s,x"! avenue, the polio
when the man known as Dominico ! f""!"0., les? tha" twenty licensor
Cesare pointed her out on the street "S6"1"8 Wh had been ln i3tat"
and Lagno entered her apartments onr Tvo; ,..: k .
Bank street and ripped her cheek openL f. t 'i.f th'0 !Jff nst-ot
with a knife. Lagno afterward ran fej:f- ilas ieJS ..tetA 2"
down the street and was captured by
Patrolman Bray, who pursued him to
1 .
W ater street.
When first arraigned Lagno stoutly
protested his innocence, both to his
counsel, Attorney Frederick B. Fallon,
and in the city court. He was bound
over to the criminal superior court
under bonds of $10,000 and was ar
raigned in the superior court yester
day. Attorney Fallon had not received
the slightest intimation that his client
had changed his mind and decided to
make a clean breast of it. He was
questioning Lagno to bring out testi
mony in the latter's own behalf when
Lagno suddenly refused to answer the
questions the way his attorney put
them and declared that he wanted to
make a confession and complete state
ment. Lagno's statement as commenced in
court and continued in private before
the prosecuting officials was sensa
tional in the extreme. He declared
that he was forced in fear of his
life to act as a tool and assassin for
an organized gang of white slavers,
the gang which he pointed out to the
police. He said that he was dragged
from his home on Lexington avenue
and forced in fear of his life to slash
the Hermann woman, being promised
immunity and pay. on the one hand
if he "turned the trick", and being
told that he himself wou'd be mur
dered if he failed.
He furthermore declared that he had
been forced to act for this gang fov
several years and that its mer hers
have orer)ted in a. umber of fiticb
between Bridgeport and New York.
Lagno declared that Dominico
Cesare was the ring leader and chief
of tne gang. His statement ws af
terward borne out by the identifica
tion made Dy tne Hermann woman
who immediately recognized - Cesare
as the man who had pointed her out
on the street to Lagno and remarked,
t'TJiat is the woman."
A rumor was current' this morning
that some of the accused men were
willing to turn evidence against the
others, if promised immunity them
selves. The prosecuting authorities
and police are delighted at the raid
and the consequent cleaning out ot
the vermin who infest the Red Light
district. ;
NEWPORT WOMEN
TURN CATHOLICS
Mrs. E: Q. Post and Mrs.
David King Recent Con
verts; Others Expected to
Follow.
Newport, Feb. 22 Mrs. Edward C.
Post, who was Miss Emilie Thorn
King, and Mrs. David King, who was
Ella Rives, two prominent member
of the society colony of Newport are
among the recent converts to the
Catholic faith from the Episcopal
church.
Their conversions, according to what
can be learned today, occurred last
Summer at St. Mary's Catholic church
here, which is in charge of Rev. Wil
liam B. Meenan. who was a guest
at the dinner given by Countess An
nie Leary in New York in honor of
Cardinal Farley. Countess Leary is a
Summer parishioner of St. Mary's
church.
Report last night has it there are
several other prominent women in the
inner circles of Newport society who
will . soon adopt the Catholic faith.
St. Mary's church includes among
its members Mrs. Reginald C. Vander
bilt, Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs, Mrs. C.
M. Oelrichs, Mrs. Peter D. Martin,
Mary Lehr, Mrs. James J. Coogan,
Mrs. Paul A. Andrews, Mrs. VBrock
holst Cutting. Mrs.. Leonard M. Thom
as. Mrs. Cameron McRae Winslow,
Mrs. Frederick P. Garrettson, Mrs.
Delancy Astor Kane, Mrs. H. O. Have-
meyer, Jr., and Mrs. Lewis Q. Jones,
"MY HAT IS IN THE
RING' ' ROOSEVELT
(Special to The Farmer)
Cleveland, O.. Feb. 22 "My hat is
In the ring."
This is what Theodore Roosevelt
said here last night when an adumir
ing Cleveland friend sought to learn
whether he was a candidate for the
Republican nomination for the Presi
dency. During the brief stay of Colonel
Roosevelt in Cleveland, W. F. Eirick,
well-known locally in politics, greeted
the former President whom he knows
well.
"I want a direct answer. Colonel."
said Mr. Eirick. "All your friends
want to know and want to knew now,
whether you are to be a candidate."
"My hat is in the ring," replied
Colonel Roosevelt. "You will have
my answer Monday."
IN HONOR OF MISS FIXKLESTONE
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Finkelstone of
38 High street entertained todav Mr.
:i t Mrs. S. D. Lawrence nnH TT ..
200 EX-CONVICTS
RUN TAXICABS
IN NEW YORK
They Have Licenses Which
Can Aid Them In Commit
ting Crime, The Police
Say
New York, Feb. 22. There
probably 20 0 licensed chauffeurs,
are
ev-
cry one of whom f has a criminal rec
ord, operating taxicabs and other
types of motor vehicles in the City of
New York today. This is the sub
stance of a statement made at Polico
Headquarters" s'esterday by one of tlut
highest ranking officers in the de
partment, who snid that 200 was r
very conservative estimate.
, An an investigation of tne murdei
- - - . - . . . . . ' ' ' ... vi'. ii.'i-. l..,r V1 111-.
East River National Bank messeng
ers in which the thieves got away
with $25,000 in cash, and the Stern
murder case, more difficult than ev-r
before is the opinion of every man in
the Polico Department, as well as of
the heads of the various private de
tective agencies. The last report of
Wi'liam J. Burtjs to the American
Bankers Association, referring to the
automobile as a means of escape, say?
that it has rendered the detection of
crime- so difficult as to furnish a sub
ject worthy of the most careful con
sideration. " ,
Within the last three weeks the po
lice of New York have been called
upon to run down the men responsi
ble for three of the most daring hold
ups in the history of this city. Thi
first was the case in which several
highwaymen held up Beckerman, the
paymaster, and after robbing him of
nearly $1,000 in cajh escaped in an
automobile of the touring car type.
The second wag the East River Na
tional Bank case, in which the bootv
was $25,000, and the third the hold
ing up of George W. Horth, the John
street jeweler,- who. -was beaten and
then robbed of diamond.? worth $10.
000, after, which the highwayman,
according to Mr. Horth, Jumped into
a taxicab and speeded away.
UNCLASSIFIED
FOR SALE..R6tl top ' destTn -good
condition Watson Co., ScT'Fairjield
Ave. " a mi
TO RENT. Cottage, Walnut Bench,
Broadway. Reasonable for season.
Address Box 848, City. ' ap
SONG BIRDS, pet anima's, gold fish
and supplies at Courtney's Bird
store, 116 Wall St., upstairs. ap
W ANTE D. Experienced girl " . 1 or
marking and assorting,' alscr girl for
machine work. Model Laundry,
109 Middle St. ? B 22 bpo
WANTED. Man and wife, also sec
ond maid for gentlemen's place at
once. Harvey's, 4 6 Cannon street,
next to Howland's. ap
HARTMANN'S CAFE, 126 Wall ptreet,
10 a. m. to 11 p. m. daily. Soup,
roast beef, lamb, veal, frankfurts.
or fish served free. All invited.
" B 22 b o
FOR SALE. Fine residence on Lau
ren Ave., 9 rooms, near North Ave.
Fine residence on North Ave. Fine
cottage on Wood Ave. Watson Co.,
83 Fairfield Ave. ap
FOR SALE. Fine lot on Park Ave.
above North Aye., also on North
Ave. east of PSrk. Prices reduced
for the next 10 days. Watson Co..
83 Fairfield Ave- . - ap
FOR SALE. 2 family house on Noble
Ave. Bargain. 2 family house on
Benham Ave., corner of Norman.
16 rooms, improvements. Watson
Co., 83 Fairfield Ave. ap
WANTED. Local salesman as dis
trict manager for large Health, Ac
cident & Life Company. Liberal
contract with advance to right par
ty. Address A, A. C care of Far
mer. B 22 so
FOR SALE. One ten room two fam
ily house, situated on Seaview Ave.
near Barnum. Price $3,000. Good
location, tine bargain. Address
Bargain, care of Fajmer.
B 22 s p o
JOHN BELLtCCI, . formerly with
Harry Goebel is now managing the
Annex Barber Shop 1036 Main St.
B 21 t o
FOR SALE. Two family house on
Shelton St. with work shop in rear,
lot 50 by 100. Price reasonable. In
quire 68 3 Kossuth St. B 16 do
LOST. Sank book on Farmers' .ind
Mechanics' Bank No. 26180. Finder
will return to baak as same has
been cancelled and new one issued.
B8spo444
WANTED. Experienced retail hosi
ery saleswoman. Apply by letter
stating experience, sa'ary expected
and references. Address "Sales
woman," care of Farmer. B 20 so
D. M. FLEMING has purchased the
barber shop at 861 Main St., for
merly occupied by Frank Schuster.
' B 12 tf. o
BOMMOS & B1LTZ. We will have
fresh sausage meat every day from
now on. I 18 tf. o
VATJEX1INE CARJJS. Fine assort
ment, each in nvelope. . South
worth's, 1 Arcade. - D 16 tf. o
TRY A BOX of Casca Laxine tablets
for constipation. 2c cents.
H 1 o
GOOD SECOND HAND National Cash
Keglste- for safe cheap. Adrirese
P. O Fox 16. Oirv. c t n
BOYS WANTED. 1 want ten of th
brightest and manliest boys in
Bridgeport for after school work .
Good pay and easy work. Come
ready to .so to work Thursday anil
Friday, 8 to 10 si. m. or to 6 p.m.
Room S. 167 Fairfield Ave.
B 21 b : p
TO WHOM TO MAY CONCERN:
This is to notify the public that m;
wife, Mrs. A. M. Wolfe, has left m?
bed and board and I will not pay an;
bills contracted by her in my ram
B 20 sp A, MA-1 TIN WOLFE.

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