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The Farmer Help Wanted Ads. They offer good op portunities for GOOD POSITIONS THE WEATHUE Fair tonight; fair, warmer tomorrow VOL. 49NO. 66 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 1913 PRICE TWO CENTS REPORT FATAL TROLLEY CRASH Engineer Elwell Puis Entire Blame on Motorman Accident Near Waterfcury in Which Two Died and About , 50 Were Injured Hartford, March 18 The fatal trol ley accident on the New Haven-Wa-terbury line at Summit Station on Feb. 2S, in which two persons area as a result -of injuries received, and about 50 persons were injured, was due "entirely to the carelessness of Motorman James L. McGwire" of Wa terbury, who was running- a car "well equipped and with all appliances in good working order for stopping- the Such is the opinion of C. C. Elwell, chief engineer and inspector of the nnhim l.tilltv- commission. who has lust filed his report of the accident. Continuing. Mr. Elwell says in part: "Xo recommendations made by the comtnision or rules adopted by the company will overcome human frailty and postively prevent motor-men from tassinr danger signals, dux ii xne con struction of trolley cars can be so improved as to lessen the casualties v accidents of this character, xne matter should be given serious con sider&tion.. "I would therefore suggest that all electric street railway companies oper ating cars within the State of Con necticut seriously consider the- prac ticability of having all electric cars running on tracks with those carrying passengers, equipped with buffers of a. uniform standard, height, and some improved system of 'anti-climbing de vice to make the telescoping of pas- senger cars less likely in case of col lision; and submit to the commission the result of their consideration and investigation." "McGuire," continues the report, "claimed that the red signal light was so dim that It was impossible for him to see it until arriving within 200 feet of the signal, when he threw his brake into emergency. This did not check the speed as it should have done, owing to poor braking power and the car passed the signal at four miles per hour. He saw the stone train approaching through the cut when at the signal and reversed his power, but the wheels locked and the car slid because of slippery track and descend ing grade, meeting the stone train 105 feet east of the signal, while his car was still moving only about four miles per hour. No sand was used although a supply was carried on the car. "In fhy opinion, based upon testi mony of many Intelligent eye witness es and a series of experiments made on the spot with a similar car to No 130 (the passenger car) said passen ger trolley was running from eight to ten miles per hour when the accident happened." "The trolley line between Water bury and New Haven." the report continues. "Is equipped with auto matic trolley signals which were put into service in July, 1912; they af ford protection for the movement, of cars through the various single track sections. The line between Bridge port and New Haven is similarly equipped; there have been no fail urea reported In this signal service that would cause accident." The manner of the working of the signals Is described at some length The location of the signal at Sum mit is touched upon and Engineer El well then oontinues: "Motorman McGuire's claim that the red light was dimmed on account of the heavy stone train coming up the hill is In a measure sustained by experiments made after the accidept, but both the red light and the red disc were visible and could be seen at a safe - distance. McGuire also states that the slippery track con tributed to the acicdent.. Such a con dition of the rails made it all the more important that he should have had his car under full control when approaching the signal." "There follows the conclusion of the investigator that the accident was due entirely to the carelessness of Motorman James J. McGuire," and the suggestions of the commission's engineer quoted above. A list of dead ' and injured closes the report. To this report the public utility commission adds the following: "The foregoing report of the acci dent is accepted and ordered on file and record as the official record of the causes, facts and circumstances of said accident. "Attention is called to the sugges tions made by the chief engineer and inspector. The commission further suggests that the company submit to it, on or before April 15, 1913, the re sult of Its consideration and inves tigation of such proposed equipment and the practicability of adopting same." onnni ct rnr uufiriLL I rLVfcn IS DECREASING Much satisfaction both in health de partment circles and about town is being expressed in the rapid decrease of jjcarlet fever cases. Cards which have for some weeks been common in the East and West Emdg of the city are daily being taken down. It is hoped that the fumigation of a class room in the Myrtle avenue school yesterday afternoon will be among the last, although desultory reports of new cases are still being received at the health office. Physicians are unanimous in as serting today that the cases - recently developing are of the mildest type and that were the laws not so rigid in re spect to the reports, they would not j become or jmblio record. WILSON FAVORS BUDGETJ5YSTEM President's Pet Plan for Government Finances Strongly Opposed to Method of Building Up National Ex penses Piece by Piece Washington, March 18 President Wilson is in favor of a budget sys tem for the conduct of the government finances. He made public today a let ter written on Jan. 30 from Trenton, to Senator Tillman, expressing the hope that a budget might be worked cut after he got to Washington. He wrote in part: "Elver since I was a youngster have been deeply interested in our method of financial legislation. One of the objects I shall have most In mind when I get to Washington win be conferences with my legislative col leagues there with a view to bring ing some budget system into exist ence. This business of building up the expenses of the nation, piece by piece,- will certainly lead us to- error and perhaps embarrassment." This promises to be a quiet week so cially at the White House. President Wilson will observe Holy Week. He wrote a letter to a friend today de clining an invitation to a theatre, say ing that he would ' like to go some other time than the week which by so many people Is especially devoted to the more serious concern of relig ion. Four hundred school girls from New Tork, Massachusetts and New- Jersey were to invade the East room of the WSiite House during the day. It became known today that the President had not only telegraphed to Democratitc leaders In the New Jer sey State Senate yesterday to secure the passage of the jury reform bill. but that he had urged the prompt adoption of the resolution providing for the direct election of United States Senators. REFUSES GUT OF TALUK President Wilson does not intend to accept gifts of vahie., ' Ho Tsceived today a razor strop mounted in gold, but sent it back to- the donor with a letter of regret. The strop came to the President because of his remarks on the value of a strop as a. barom eter. Numerous other gifts have been re turned within the past few days. Mr. Wilson does not believe the President of the United States should accept special favors from anyone. HUNGRY OFFICE HUNTERS Humorous incidents attend the siege of Washington toy office seekers. While Secretary McAdoo was tele graphing today to Boston and New York to discover a man whom he is seriously considering for assistant sec retary of the treasury to succeed James I Curtis in charge of customs, half a hundred supporters of as many applicants waited m his office, al though they were told that the selec tion was practically determined. The same thing occurred in connec tion with the appointment of United State treasurer. While the secretary was sending a dozen telegrams broad cast in search of John Burke, former Governor of North Dakota, who was ultimately, appointed, 100 applicants were virtually beating on the walls of the treasury for admission. Burke was finally found In Minneapolis, the announcement of his selection was made and the army of forlorn appli cants turned away. SENATORS MOVING Democratic Senators began today to seize upon the choice offices and committee rooms that have been oc cupied by Republicans for years. The work of moving will be pushed in or der that the new occupants may be comfortably settled by the time the extra session convenes on April Practically every Democratic Sena tor will move. Senator Lodge will exchange of fices with Senator Tillman; Senator Overman will occupy the suite for merly used by Senator Crane; Sena tor Simmons will have the luxuri ous apartments of former Senator Aldrieh; Senator Bacon, as head of tile foreign affairs committee, moved today into former Senator Cullom'a office; and so it is all along the line. CONGRESS HAS TtlVATj Congress, when it reconvenes, will find a rival in the Capitol, for it de veloped today that plans have been made to establish here an organiza tion to be known as the Indian Con gress, rne arrangemenxs were ap proved at a meeting of several tribal Indians and their representatives last night. The Congress will have one resi dent delegate from each of the Amer ican tribes of the country. Each delegate will receive a salary, the amount to be determined by the council of each tribe, to be paid out of the tribal funds. The primary object of the Congress will be to look after the interests of the Indians before the government and Congress. The Indian newspa per, the Tomahawk, now printed on the White Earth reservation in Min nesota, is also to be located here, and it is expected, publication of the pa per in Washington will begin by the time the extra session of Congress convenes. FLEET'S GUN PRACTICE The big gun practice of the Atlan tic fleet will begin in Tangier sound, March 24, the day after the Atlantic fleet arrives from Cuba, and because of the attendance of the Secretary of the Navy and a number of 'other cabinet officers and certain novel (Continued on Page Two) KING OF GREECE SLAIN Salonlca, March 18 -Kins' George of Greece -was assasisnated here this afternoon. . .A cable "bulletin -via London, at the hour of going to press announced the assassination of King George I, of Greece. No details are available. King George was "born, Dec 24, 1845, and "became King in 1863. He is a brother of the late King of Den mark and a brother of the Dowager Qneen of Great Britain and the Dow ager Empress of Russia. He married the Grand Duchess Olga, daughter of Grand Duke Constantine of Russia. There are five sons and one daughter. The eldest son is. Prince Constantine. born in 1868, -who married in 1889. Princess Sophia, sister of the German Emperor. YALE MEN IN COURT TODAY Charles Format! and Joseph Zimmerman Are on Trial V Trolley Employe Brings Action Against Wealthy Boys for Alleged ' Assault Charles Form an and Joseph Zim merman, two wealthy Tale students who assaulted a trolley car conductor in South Norwalk, November 30, 1912 appeared before Judge Scott and jury in the civil court . of common pleas today as defendants, in a suit brought by. Conductor Harry; Pliilip- son. Philipson seeks $1,000 damages from each of the boys. The conductor went on the stand in his own behalf this morning to ten his version of the affair. He claim ed that on the night in question the students boarded the car in South Norwalk. They were intoxicated and began to make a disturbance. They persisted in ringing the bell and annoying other passengers. The conductor said he asked them three times to stop ringing the bell. When they paid no attention to his request he thought it advisable to put them off. Looking- at Zimmerman, however, he found that the collegian was about 30 pounds the heavier, so the wit ness decided to ask the motorman for assistance. The witness meanwhile had seized the hook which is used to open windows. He claimed he was attacked by Zimmerman and Forman and he admitted trying to hit Forman with the hook. The weapon caught in the straps so no damage was done. There' was a free right in the car at the climax of which the students and the trolley -crew rolled off the car into the street in a heap. The con ductor declared his wrist was badly hurt, that he was cut and his head injured so that it still troubles him. On cross examination by Judge John J. Walsh, representing the stu dents, Philipson admitted that he was able to be irjt court two days after the light ana was at xne car barns during the following week. He de nied making a remark to the effect that he would get 550 from each of the students. - The trial was still on at press hour. REEVES TO SUCCEED JUDGE F. M. PEASLEY Waterbury Mayor likely to Be Named to District Court Bench (From Our Staff Corres.)' Hartford, March 18 That Mayor Francis T. Reeves of Waterbury, will be nominated by Gov. Baldwin t succeed Frederick M. Peasley, as judge of the district court of Wa terbury, was reported at the Capitol, today. Announcement to that effect is expected from the Governor this week. Judge Peasley's term expires March 25, 1914. According to one close to the Gov ernor, the formal nomination is be ing held up pending the nomination of a federal judge, to succeed the late James P.. Piatt. This nominee will be decided at a caucus of the Dem ocratic Congressmen in New Haven Friday. William E. Thorns, of Waterbury, an associate of Mayor ' Reeves, is said to be a candidate for the United States judgeship, and his friends be lieve that an announcement of May or Reeves' nomination might dimin ish his chances for the nomination. POLICE S. B. A. The annual meeting of the Police Sick Benefit Association will be held at police headquarters on Thursday afternoon, March 20, at 2:30, when an election of officers for the ensuing year will occur. A full attendance has been requested in a notice posted on the police bulletin board. WAGE INCREASE TO BE MILLION Total Demands Figured! by New Haven Road Cost of Change Ordered by Com mission Amounts Approximate ly to $1,100,000 New Haven. March 18 Official es timates of the cost of the changes of cross-overs and signals ordered by the Connecticut public utility com mission on the New York, 'New Ha ven & Hartford railroad lines amount approximately to $1,100,000, to be charged to operating expenses large ly during the coming fiscal year. This includes the cost of the changes of signals on the Hartford division, re cently ordered by the commission. The Increase of wages for the eight months of the current fiscal year amounts approximately to $435,000. This includes the increase of the en- Hnrc" nnni nnioroii fh tration commission for the eastern roads and amounting in the case of the New Haven to about $120,000. The increases so far for the current year have included two groups of clerks, track foremen, transportation department employes, shopmen, ma chinists and general office employes. Now in progress of adjustment are the demands for higher wages of . the firemen, trainmen, telegraphers, sec tion laborers, signal department men and electrical department men, in eluding electric construction nren now on strike. The estimates :ndi- cats thatthe fiscal year will Cose on of interest br n ling a sub June 30 next -with total wage In-I tati, - i . creases for the yea amounting about $1,000,000. to CAPITOL COMMENT OF INTEREST HERE News Nuggets from Hartford About Bridge port Folks i, and Things i (From Our Staff Corres.) Hartford, March IS Before the Ap propriations committee, Thursday, there will be hearings on the resolu tions providing State aid for the x3i msci.L.1 1 mm ou. vuitouia uuojj.ia.io. acn nospnai asxs j,uo ror main- xenance, etc., ana w,uw tor uevemy- ment WOrH Among the Bridgeport residents pres ent at the woman suffrage hearing to day are Mrs. W. T. Hincks, Mrs. S. Di. Jr;. Mrs. Frank Seeley, Mrs. VV 0. I . 1 , nil., itli a . j.. uanmu bluu Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Shaw. . . , , . . ,. , I as tumpareu iu tilts it:v jlwuuuii uew- There will be a heanna- Thursday!. . - . ... , 1 and probate district on the petition of the Clapp-Spooner estate trustees. OX part 01 xne esm e located in 'air- 'jfZVZ L !W !et "Tf " I annexation. John J Fitzpatrick, a popular young Bridgeport resident, today began his duties as a member of the executive staff in the office of the Secretary of State. Former Senator F. A. Bartlett, of railroads committee in favor of the petition of the Lordship Manor Com pany, asking the right to build trol ley tracks to its Stratford property. Two lines are wanted: one from Strat- fnM avenue and Main street. Strat- .ford, and the other through Hollister avenue and over the dike to Lordship Manor. I The flag on the Capitol was flown at half mast out of respect for for- mer Comptroller Mead, who died at his home in New Canaan yesterdar. Members of both branches were r - i I expectant of a veto message from Gov. Baldwin on the free transporta- tion bill for legislators. The bill, how- ever, had not reached the engrossing clerk from the printer and it was thought that if delivered during the day it would not be in the Governor's hands until after both branches had adjourned. The caucus of the Democratic Sen ators to discuss the Governor's nom ination of Mr. Corbin for another term as State Tax Commissioner had been expected prior to the Senate session, but Senator Purcell, who had been instrumental in having a cau cus called, said that the impression was erroneous that the caucus was to be held at once. He thought the matter might be taken up laxer In the " day or tomorrow, when It would be convenient for all the Democratic Senators to be present. The train schedules usually delay the arival of many Senators until a few minutes before the session opens. Favorable reports were made in the House as follows: Fermittin Greenwich to issue. $25,000 in school bonds; allowing South Norwalk to make and sell ice; amending the Wa terbury charter providing for the op ening of scnoois; protecting DiacK- birds under a penalty, removing pro tection from the European starling; making the closed season for ducks, I geese, brant and swan from Jan. 15 to Sept. 15; providing that the select- men of Milford may order sidewalks to be relaid. I Kepresentative tnsm oi xew jm.ii- i ford offered a resolution appointing I Charles W. Murphy as judge in Dan- bury. Representative Healey object- ed to the resolution and the House 1 refused to admit it as new business, I 107 to 86. . I NEW LONDON MI Heated Debate in Senate Over M'Neil's Resolution to Re peal Mahan's Project Senator M'Donodgh and Senator Perry Effect Amendment Which Galls for City's Contribution (By Our Staff Corres.) Hartford, March 18 Unless the city of New London, or some of its weal- tily citizens raises the sum of $250,000 ",vi vy "e same xo xne state treas- urer oeiore the first of January. 1914. h,e ' one UIion dollar appropriation " ur steamsmp xermmais at New "on Dy tne last, trenerai Assembly w"' sland 5ePeaJea. The Senate devoted most of its time today to the consideration of the res olution introduced by Senator McNeil of Bridgeport which aimed to repeal the appropriation bill. It was ap- 5" there might not be enough Judge John F. McDonough, the Senate leader, suggested that since the city of New London would toe the chief beneficiary under the proposed ex- nanHitiiM - f c3h.n1, 1.4 cihA-n. ..... for which the State was to pay the major portion. Senator John H. Perry of Southport said that he was in accord with the views .of Senator McDonough, but he favored an amendment providing that the city of New London or some of her citizens should contribute the quarter of a million dollars to the State treasurer before Jan. 1. 1914, otherwise there eshould be no further expenditure of the million for the pur poses for which It was originally pro vided. - " , The vote on this amendment : result ed in Its adoption by a. vote of 17 to 16. ' . -. . Senator McNeil, who was the' father of the resolution, supported the amendment. AH three of the Bridge port Senators coincided with Senator -vrr-rk-inmisrh- view an voted in favor i of the amendment. Th. thr T-ir.r.T-t Bpnatnrs t.fl also in favor of the amendment intro I liiI Smatiw InhTiann nf TTjarfrir-d which provided that no part of the money so appropriated by the State should be, paid except by order of the controller on the treasurer, and this Amendment also prevailed. Senator Peck spoke eloquently in fa vor of the possibilities of Bridgeport as compared to the New London har- 1 dot, ana arguea xor nis uui h-ajimu- priating $2,000,000 for the development harbor. After the vote a motion to recon- . Senate wae ln the midst of UiBPOS.ng o, House matters when the order of the day concerning the repeal of the New London harbor appropria tion was taken up. Senator McNeil lovea that the nfa-.aMe majority report be received and then moved pasage of the bill in order to bring about debate. Mr. Johnson of Montville said he felt it his duty as chairman of the committee to speak in favor of the report and against repeal. He earn that , at the hearing those that spoke were Senators McNeil, Mr. Wilson of Brideeport. who was not exactly in favor of repeal but was against all waterways ana senator neney wa looking for information. e xnax xne complaint mat finances were in a bad way and the i,vui,ww couia not De auuiuu wm incorrect. the finances or xne state are a long ways irom Demg impenueu ana xnere is no uaiisei m " , r ?omg '"to nanKruptcy e aia tCr ne -wouia speaK on xne nia-tii jsa.r. reca, w no preeunma tuts miuui- . , i j-i -. 1' - short speech saying that he was not BOing xo awen on ine aeuuicy state's money. The y will nae,.t0 mfrS tha, l additional taxation, a burden to be ??oe1e.d, on the. PePle- , , Jhls prTldm. termlnals waf d e: 1U11UCU Xlt? Bniu i itt. l i r . x i, ii3 uai-viicu In the miasma of the roots of the tall eel grass on the eastern shore of this state. Let us review the ways and means whereby the General Assembly of 1911 passed this bill," he continued. Out from the shore there arose a man of force, a diminutive Corsican, state compeller, a ruler of the county, a man off destiny who -x- curslon'ea the entire General Assem- bly with a few exceptions to the Yale- Harvard boat race." These means were used to feed the sentiment and obligate to their host those who afterwards passed this bill. If the people . understood the import of this bill well might they go to New London and swell the salt sea hv fsheddincr of their- tfmfs " Sana- tor Peck saia that we are advisea that Boston has spent $9,000,000 for her terminals and Providence $7,000, 000 and he asked "then do you think that city of 20,000 people lying be tween the two cities needs an ex pensive terminal for commerce that is not there?". The purpose of this is to create a condition that does not fixist he said. It in -not coastwise. it is international. "Oh, the sophisty of the situation," he exclaimed. "Elijah was fed by ravens and maybe the sea gulls will fetch the freight. Senator Peck enumerated the num- ber of exports from Connecticut. He asked whether sentiment should be the impelling reason why exports and imports should demand the extra hauling of cargo beyond New York MUS $250,000 OR LOSE HE IXI0N APPROPRIAT to New London. He referred to the assurance of the Grand Trunk build ing a connection with the east coast in order to carry the golden grain from the virgin west beyond Boston and Portland down to New London. He said that that road would not car ry cargoes to a further tidewater point. He then quoted from a book of statistics showing that Bridgeport collected several hundred thousand dollars on imports while New Lon don did not collect $5,000 per annum -tie said xnat JNew London s geo graphical position was against her as a port. In conclusion toe said -Truth is the wealth of the world, it never perishes until the human race has no further need for it in par ticular instance. I repeat, well might the people of the state swell the salt sea with their tears if they are, to be burdened with this imposi tion. Senator Johnson of Montville re plied to Mr. Peck ' saying that he made a. number of incorrect state ments. He said that New London's commerce during the last 12 months amounted to $18,000,000. He was glad to hear sucrv&ood words as to Bridge port and was glad to know it was developing and he would be only too glad to give it an appropriation if the state's finance could stand it." Those for the amendment were Senators Johnson of Hartford; Hook er, Puree!!, -. henc-y, Stevens, Frolich, Quinn, Shanley, N-ebe, McDonough, Hurley, McNeil, Whitcomb, Peck, Perry, , Weed, and Foster 17. Those against: .Senators Landers, Colton, Isbell, Kelsey, McGrath, Mc Carthy, Miner, Avery, Johnson of Montville, Keach, Welch, Wadhams. Gaylord, Johnson, Mountain, Keeney 16. Senators Newman and Reynolds were paired. McNEIL'S SPEECH Senator McNeil spoke as follows: "Permit rne to precede my remarks in the discussion of this measure by saying that so far as I am concerned there was no ultra motive or political controversy which prompted me to in-xrod-KW this measure. I have been prompted to repoal the million dollar grant by the session or 1911 for sever-; al reasons of sufficient weight to con vince any fair minded person of the desirability of repealing an act which the session of 1911, was hypnotized into granting. I prefer to draw the mantle of charity around the methods employed, and the deals made to rush this measure through the assembly two years ago. Best forget the evil in its righting. The best reason know of for this senate to pass this measure may be found in the state estimates, as compiled by our tA&sas rury department for the two fiscal years, October 1st, 1913, to September 80th, 1915. These figures are from the office of the state treasurer, and therefore in disputable. The estimates of our re ceipts for the coming two fiscal years are $8,715,000, while the, neces sary and statutory expenditures will provide for a total expenditure of $13,- 130,729, -which shows at first glance a loss and deficiency for the state for the two years to come of $4,315,729. This In itself is a startling condition of which few are aware. The com mittee on appropriations; of which 1 "have the honor to be a -member, has before it measures asking for various appropriations which will total ap proximately $30,000,000. I believe I am well within the bounds of conser vatism, when I say that this session will pass appropriation measures amounting close to $30,000,000., which amount will exceed the estimates of expenditures as ' compiled by our treasurer $6,869.00, which will make a total deficit and loss for the state for the coming two years of over $11,- 000,000, an astounding and appalling deficit which must be met. These figures, Senators, .do .not in clude the $1,000,000, which was appro priated for the steamship wharves and terminals at New London. This money has yet to be expended. Should the $1,000,000 be spent, and the other millions which would undoubtedly fol low, a greater deficiency and deficit would incur. The fast that the com mission which has this matter In charge has expended to date less than $9,000 is a most . redeeming and en couraging situation. ' The commission which has the expenditure of this money, has submitted a report which speaks in ' glowing terms of- making New London a trans-Atlantic port in competition with the great ports of the world, but the commission sees little of the practical side of the question. No one denies that New London has an excellent, harbor, but the question of railroad facilities and terminals is a different matter. The City of New Haven furnishes better railroad facilities than New London, it has connecting lines not only direct toe tween New York and Boston, but through the West by way of the On tario and Western over the Pough keepsie bridge, as direct connection with the Central New England rail road, and direct lines through North ern New England. It is absurd and ridiculous to assert that New London would ever be a trans-Atlantic port in competition with New York and Boston. The great water facilities and dockage frontage on Manhattan Island far surpasses anything in America, and there are ample facili ties for the location of unlimited piers to say nothing of railroad connections spreading like a web over America. The Grand Trunk has its own out lets and piers, , which It constructed at its own expense in Portland. While the New York, New Haven &Hart ford -Railroad company might be pleased to have the State of Connec ticut dig down in its pockets and aid that corporation in transporting some additional freight over its lines, it has never seen fit to spend a dollar j (Continued on Page 6.) PAY ION NEW HAVEN'S STOCK STILL ON TOBOGGAN In the New York stock market, to day, New Haven road's Ion declines was extended still further with a drop of two points to 113. 300 ELECTRICAL WORKERS STRIKE ON N. H. ROAD New Haven, March 18 Electrical workers to the number of 300, In cluding foremen and sub-foremen. engaged In the eelctrification work of the New York, New Haven & Hart ford line between this city and Stam ford, struck today for an increase In wages. The Increase asked for i about 28 per cent. The foremen ask ed for a, raise from $4 to 25 a. earr: the sub-foremen from $3. SO to $4. $9 and the linemen from $3 to $4. A statement issued by the New- Haven road says It will wait day or two in order to give ths men tim to reconsider before seeking other to fill their places. PENDING STRIKE OF SWITCHMEN Oil RAILROADS WEST Chicago, March IS While It is known that switchmen and switch tenders of 19 railroads entering Chi cago have voted authorization to their leaders to call a strike If their demands are not met, the formal re sult of the mail vote will not bs an nounced "until '.lax this afternoon af ter the official count has "been msdt. The men,' numbering 5,000, ask for shorter hours and time and s half for overtime. The employers do not ex pect a strike, despite the vote, probably mediation under the Era man act will be brought. Such an appeal. It is said, wouH clear up a question whether the Erd man act was 'not wiped out by th law that created the department of labor. HEROIC POLICEMAN IS PARK CITY BOY Meriden, March 18 Patrolman Jam F. Grady, who wears badge No. 1, ant by virtue of his long prvle i re garded as dean of the force, was se riously injured today In attempting to stop a runaway horse attached to , milk wagon. The horse knocked him down and the wheels of the wagon passed over him. He was badly cut about the face, hands and body and was injured internally. Gorge Raba ley, of Kensington, the driver, was thrown from the wagon tout was not seriously hurt. Officer Grady was off duty at the time. The runaway stop ped at the next customer's bouse. Patrolman Grady is a. native of Bridgeport, "having esided for many years upon the East Side prior to re moving to Meriden and establtahing residence there. MAN SHOT BY SHERIFF DIES FROM HIS WOtSD Kingston, N. Y., March 18 Frank ' O. "Van Velaon, who was shot by I ueyt Sheriff. Harry McLaughlin in :i battle, with officers who were attempt ing to evict him from his house in New Salem, yesterday, died today of his wound. Deputy Sheriff Edward1 Murphy, whom Van Velson shot bfor attacking McLaughlin, is expected to recover. Derby, March 18 As a apacial freight train on the New Tork, Jfmw Haven & Hartford railroad wa com ing to Derby today members of tfcs crew found an unconscious man lying beside the tracks. He was pfokad up and brought to a local hospital, concussion of the brain and Internal injuries that will probably cause hi death. In a pocket of his coat was an Adams Express Co. identification card bearing the name Fred Ernest Natzsch. also a pass on the tlew York, New Haven & Hartford rail road. It is believed that he fell from a train that passed through during the night. FATAL FALL FROM THEE Stamford, March 18 William it Crowell, a city employe, while en gages ln cutting down a trea fall from the branches 45 feet to th ground and died in a. few minutes. He was sawing off a branch whsn ha lost his balance.' - Crowell a 30 years old and married. Mrs. Alice Schulz, wife of Albert C. Schulz, died this morning at bar home, 20 West Liberty street, after a brlxf illness. She was 21 years of a. The sympathy of many Crlaiute is ax- tended to Mr. liehuls in hi ber.i-a- ment.