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ThB Bridgeport Evening Farmer
MYSTERY OF CHARLES ROSS : UNSOLVED AFTER 40 YEARS FOLXDED IX 1790. Published Daily (Sundays excepted) by The Fanner Publishing Co. at 179 Fairfield Avenue, '-" Bridgeport, tomi. '' " TELEPHONE editorial iss7 BUSIXKSS OFFICE 120 Mm 2 Cents the Copy. XVF.nNESD.y, JTX.Y. i, IS 14.. WHERE THE FARMER MAY BE PURCHASED For the convenience of Bridgeporters visiting and re siding in Isew York or Boston, The Farmer can be found on saJe at the following places in the Metropolis. . At H. J. Schults's five newsstands: '. . . - " No. 1, 1S68 Broadway, near JTth St.: No. 2, S. E. cor ner 42nd and 6th Ave.- No. El Stand, 42nd St. and Jark Ave. in front f Grand Central Depot; No. 4, S. E. comer 4?tfi,St.'ind'7th Are. No. 5. S. W.' corner 30th St. and Broadway and The Hub 'News Co., City Hall. Bos-, ton, Mass. -" -.',' . ' "NOT A COINCIDENCE.' f LITTLE WHILE back Mayor Wilson a3 sisted, in turning some paving con tracts in the path of Warren Broy in a man ner to cause them the minimum amount of trouble and anxiety. ' ; ,t- ' About the time the contracts were signed, or a little later, one Harold J,; Wilson, who had been employed in Warner Bros.' corset factory, at an unknown stipend, was employed by War ren Bros, to "have charge" of a paving gang on one of the contract .'streets.'' , '. .- ; It being suggested to Mayor Wilson that the employment of his brother was a "coinci dence," he somewhat indignantly repudiated the assertion, seeming lo desire it ta be believ ed it was not a coincidence in the following language: : . . -' ' ' ' ,'''.' -" : ' ' ; ' i' v ' - ' "They have a right tot say what they please just as my brother or anyone else has a right to work where he wants to. . I understand the company is putting a big. force of Bridgeport men oft, 75 or 80 at least and there is no coinci dence in their jobs, is there? There is no co incidence in my brother's end of it,-either, no ma.U3r what may be suggested. .-. . ! v Of course the affair either was, or was not a coincidence. Let us inquire by mathemati cal method into the likelihood that; it was a coincidence.-i '--- ...!; r.- - About the time3 yonng'SS. Wilson changes from corsets to paving, and about the time the Warrenite contracts were made, Bridgeport had a population of -J 15.000 persons, of whom ahout 25,000 would be men. old enough to work. i-If Warren Bros.'. were to employ just one man;; and that man f should turn out to be the mavor's. brother, he would have been selected with 24,000 chances ainst hini to (one in his favor. - - " ' ; ' ; 1 v; ' v.- '.. But the mayor says that Warren Bros? em ployed 80 men, so that the mayor's brother; had one, phance ift 311f. of getting a job.' by. coinci dence. : - ' ' '' '- -. .; '. - But these figures apply to common labor ers, and the mayor's trother is employed as'1 a foreman. ': ''' '. k What ;is the .likelihood, under the laws of chance that VarrenBros., would pick a fore man of paving from a corset factory, who would also be the brother of the mayor? ; ; tl Roughly .speaking we should say it would be about the same change the same kind of a person" would have of getting the job if ; his brother wasn't mayor and there weren't con tracts. - - ; THE CANDIDATE AND HIS VOICE C: jf OL. ROOSEVELT, being ordered- bv his "mm:f: -'-physician to quit campaign speaking on account of a weak throat, may now. reflect on the connection between vocal fords and po litical . success. A bad throat has Often upset governments and shiTted . political, history. Not long ago a campaign orator, was ex pected to make 'but two or three speeches a day. He would leisurely , travel from hall to hall. His .voice was compelled merely to meet the strain common to all legislators and law yers. - Today the race for ballots puts the ora tor in a flying automobile. Crowds of voters gather at the cross roads, in-much the same spirit as , on annual circus day. The candidate must talk 20, 30, or more times a day. His voice is lost in the immensity, of out doors. To make people hear, he must rasp his throat. It is the most sensitive tissue' in the body.. Not one in twenty has one made of rubber or gutta percha So most politicians' voices go bad." The Colonel's voice has a queer falsetto trick, due to this kind of use. It looks as if he were trying to make people laugh by voice antics, but his friends say he can't help it, that it is a condi tion brought on by 'over-use. . Theoretically, the voters read the speeches in the papers and make up their minds on facts logic, and argument. Actually '"the campaign automobile speech gathers in the votes. Peo ple are moved by the personal contact. If man shows that he has force, alertness, a ca pacify-!f or swift -thrust and parry, and if he plays skillfully on the mental . attitude of the hearer, he gets the votes, even if the five -nun ute speech is only a kind of "how d'ye do good-by." The man with the leather throat has a long start. J NY PERSON having , knowledge " of the -Ol'. whereabouts df Charles Brewster Ross, aged forty-four, will confer a favor by notifying- almost anybody anywhere. The whole civilized world is interested in the fate of Charlie Hoss, who was abducted forty years ago today from his home in Germantown, Phil adelphia. Some N of the best detectives- and newspaper sleuths of the United States, Canr ada and Europe have sought to solve the mys tery of the disappearance of this four-year-old boy, but all have failed. Numberless clues were followed, and although some of, them shed light on the motives of the child's kidnappers, Char- ie Ross himself was never found. Both of his parents are dead, but other members of the Ross family continue to receive letters relating to the mysterious case. ' Charles Brewster Ross was the son of Christian" K. V and Sarah Ann Ross, well-fo-do and' respected Philadelphians. On the first .of July, 1875, Charlie was playing with his nine-year-old brother, Walter, near the Ross" home when they were accosted by two men in a bug gy, who offered to, give them a ride.' The lads were at first reluctant, but when the added lure of candy was held out they, could not Resist, After the vehicle had gone a "short distance; Walter was given some money to buy Fourth of July - firecrackers, and was told to get out. That was the last o'f Charlie Ross, so far as any certain knowledge is concerned. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $20,000 making their offer through newspaper advertisement and by letters. Mr. Ross- found it impossible at that time to raise the sum ask ed, but friends, and even strangers, offered to contribute to the fund. The whole world sym pathized with the bereaved 'parents, and if money could have saved Charlie' Ross, it would have been forthcoming in almost any amount. The abductors were frightened by the storm of public wrath they had raised, and, realizing that they could not get the, money without risk of arrest, they finally dropped the negotiations. Most of the communications were mailed ir Trenton, Newark and Elizabeth, but it-was the belief of the police that the'child had been taken to Canada, or possibly to England. The police of Canadian and English cities joined in the search. Not a day passed without its clue, and the distracted father. made trips to Canada, Eu rope, and California to see boys who were thought to.be his son. . ; ; ' ' In the December following Charlie Ross's abduction u two. New York; river pirates were shot while engaged in a burglary in Brooklyn. One of them- was instantly killed, but the other survived a little -while, and with his dying breath said something of which only "Charlie, Ross" was intelligible. 1 It was then found that the police of New York and Philadelphia had suspected these two criminals, Mosher and Douglass, of having. ' abducted Charlie Ross Subsequent investigations seemed to bear out this theory, but if the river pirates were the kidnappers they carried, their secret with them to the grave. . ; , ' , . ; A reward of $20,000 was offered for the re turn of the boy, but it was never claimed! Un til her death in 1912 'Mrs. Ross firmly believed that Charlie would be restored to her, but she was doomed to disappointment! A number of men have claimed to be Charlie Ross, but most of them have been notoriety seekers, or, at best, honestly, mistaken. While it is possible that CharlieTtoss may be' living today, it is very un likely, and there is every probability that he succumbed to homesickness and neglect within a few monthsxf his abduction. ' -; CNew Britain Herald.) AI1 I am afraid of is that Jerry -Donovan' won't run for congress this fall, said a prominent '-Democrat who is waiting:' for, an oppor tunity to exercise his ; birthright when Jerry runs again. Bridge port Telegram. There need be no fear on that ac count. Jerry will run ana will run hard and his platform will be aSi sound as himself. Jerry's platrorm .will be twenty-four hours a. day for every member ol congress and short ses sions. He is always on the Job him self, he objects if the seats are not full when Champ Clark raps for order and when he raps again for bed time. Congressman Hobson played truant so often that Jerry hunted mm up, took his record and when - the hero of the Spanish-American war sought a pro motion . in Alabama he didn t get it. All of those who are planning Jerry's retirement in the south part of the state should recall what happened to Hobson and remember that Jerry now is the same Jerry he was then. In preparing a place to deposit a man like Jerry care should be taken that it is large enough to accommo date him somfortably and that the force behind the movement- is suffi ciently., large to propel him into the opening in the event of his refusal to go voluntarily. Jerry-is a big man, a bit obstreperous at times and when aroused is not- particular as to who the arouser is or where he hails from. The prominent Democrat, alluded to by the esteemed Telegrom, who is losing his sleeD in his excitement lest the opportunity ' to sideswipe Jerry be de nied him, may be a disappointed can didate for office anS if he is such all we have to eay is that Jerry has his number 'and is ready- for him." The odds are still on Jeremiah. DISHONESTY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD yfk N ATTORNEY of wide experience in me tropolitan life, wras talking a few days ago about the recent revelation of crooked finance-in railroad and other corporation af fairs. "It seemed to him that one-half of the business men he knew .were dishonest. He thought half of the other half would not do any thing positively crooked, but would wink at it if they saw it going through in a way to profit them. If this is a fair judgment, it is one of a number of reasons why the stock market tic ker is almost held down, by cobwebs. The development of great corporations has created certain types . of dishonesty. .Just as the reporter of a metropolitan yellow '.journal is protected by the impersonality of the big ma chine he works for, so the managers of big cor porations are a long way from the stockholders. They feel inaccessible. But when .they, "put over a wrong deal, some one always knows. It may become for the advantage of that some one to give up his, information. - . In the smaller cities and country towns business men seem to be pretty honest. It pays them to be so, as the bad bargain comes back quicker than the cat. The discouraging side of business life is the freedom with which many people will lie outright, and look you in the eye when they do it. People overlook a lie too tolerantly. , , The trouble with the liars and .cheats is that they underestimate people's intelligence Nine-tenths of the deceptions are so obvious as to be laughable. People who try to "get away with these shallow tricks should be outlawed. The public is bewildered by complicated transactions of big corporations and jugglery of millions. Financiers will find. from now on that the simpler the business form is, the easier the stock will sell. It would never do for baseball players to shave every day, as they would not look rough enough to scare the other team. "REDOUBTABLE JERRY" Summer Fete at Home of Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Jennings Established mS7 Summer Schedule of Closing Hours. . On Friday evening this week the, store twill be open until nine o'clock to accornmodate those shopping late be fore the Holiday. Saturday the store will be closed all day. jr' ; Commencing Monday, July , sixth the store will close at five o'clock every day except Saturday when the closing hour will, be nine. - Novel Striped Cottons That Will Make Attractive Gowns A large number of Bridge-porters at tended the summer fete held at "Mail and". the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Or. Jennings on Osborne Hill, Fairfield, this afternoon, and there is no doubt but that the evening will draw out an even greater number for the festivities. . ' . A most pleasing program of Indian dances in costume, fancy- dances and folk , dances- were presented at 4:30 O'clock. At 6:80 a. supper will toe served. There' are a number of at tractive beach necessities for sale. The affair is being given for the benefit of St. Paul's P. E. church of Fairfield. Tickets may be procured from, the bookstores in this city. Those having tickets, will foe conveyed from the trol ley line to the estate toy automobile. 3 X- A grown of striped material will ahvar; emphasize a slim figure, and tends to mal:c , the plump woman slender and willowy. Not here are two exceedingly desirable ii displayed at the Cotton Goods Section, , floor which are certainly pleasing. Striped and Embroidered Tiscus ; weave of extreme daintiness, in a whit ground with stripes in pink, blue, green c violet, and between the stripes a small cm broidered figure. It is a fabric not so zh c c as voile and rather more substantial, nice!; v' adapted for morning dresses. Twenty seven inches wide. 2i ct::. President Wilson - Abandoned - the semi-weekly meeting- of the cabinet to attend the funeral services of the late minister from Venezuela, Senor Rojas. - - ,.. ; .-- - AT 'rice V FOR FRID AY ONLY V We Offer 32 x 3 1-2 to 34 x 4 icacii' We have a large number of grey tubes ' - 36x 4 tQ 37x 5 DON'T MISS THIS CHANCE . OF SAVING MONEY. THE ALLMG .BOBBED CO. SYNDICATE STORES 1126 MAIN ST. . Wellington Striped Voile.' A white ground with a decided ctri r clear and effective shades in navy or old blue, and a striking combine. : . . of white and black. Po not fail to see this exhibit. , - r - - . ! ;v . i ; , '; v; -Wellington Voiles, 19 etc. Main tit. v r v , Womch's Black Underwear : -t ; to use with Bathingf Suits. . Vests, low neck and sleeveless, 25 and E0 ctg Tights, knee length, f ; ' ; , . v 50 ct3 TigMs, with feet, ": ; $1-50 Black Knickerbockers, 60, 75 cts, $1.00 and $1.50 ,v With a good quality Black Union Suit a woman may have her one-piece ' Suit of silk, satin, or light, weight mohair, and be ideally prepared "for swimming. Colored Silk and Cotton Bandannas; for caps. Black Union Suits, 50 cts, $1XD ari Black Union Suits with feet and ad jixstable straps, Black Union Suits, extra sizes, Id ctz zzi t-: . - A,i .y wvkw j '. ; The Party Box is the tiny casket-shaped affair of fine leather, seal, saffian or mo rocco, exquisitely lined with silk and fitted with all the fal-lals in silver, crystal and , gold which hold powder, cream, or rouge. Also there ar e mirror, scissors, file, and a tiny coin purse, all so beautiful that it is - 2j delight simply to handle them. Box of Blaek Pin 'Seal, lined with' green . moire, having fourteen fittings, .-- $12.00 - Boxes of Heliotrope, Violet, Green and Blue leather with , five, ; eight and ten , fittings, at ; , , $3.00, $4.50, $5.00 and $7.50. , ; -a - f j- Leather Goods Section Sale of Handkerchiefs A special assortment, mixed styles t qualities, from a Belfast factory, have slight imperfections which cr.z rr. look doselv to find. A single ccirzz ihi or usefulness. ! 13 cts, 2 for 23 cts. Qualities from 26 to 35 cts. , ' , Eandkerchief Bectioa. irregulanty m weave, not impairing . Do you crocliet? : Have you seen the "St. George ball holder? 25 cU. . 'Notion 3Desa.rt.-r. err. Two .Important Sales this week! v Embroidered Flouncings, Bands and Edges, Fancy Waists and Blouses, ' great values, Main C.sj'.r. secsjr. -i r. - -. The D. M. Pead Gompany The Massachusetts House killed the bill providing for 70-eent gaat for Boa ton. .... Q THOSE THREE-ASPECT SIGNS. WHEN we were boys, we used to admire and wonder at those soap-advertising signs ar ranged on the principle of the window-shutter, which read one way as you approached, another way when you were square in front, and a third way after you had gone by. ( The accepted practice of advertising seems to pre clude our using signs of this kind for our own bust-" ness;- also the anti-billboard campaign now being waged by the newspapers in such an ingenuous, and unselfish spirit may render it impossible-for us" to em ploy them, but were we going tc set up a lot of these three-aspect signs for our ctjn business,, we ' would inscribe thereon the three foundation words -. of our business, namely, Safety, Income, and Salabil lity. , Safety comes first.- Every security which we sell must in our judgment, be intrinsically 'and inherently safe, both as to its income and its principal. Else we will not seD it. Income is important after safety is assured. The best possible income commensurate with absolute safety is what we strive to secure for our clients. f Salability is the third foundation principle. One never knows when he may desire to realize upon his invest ment. It is our aim to sell such securities as shall possess at all times a quick and satisfactory market. iHtncfcs Bros; & Go, 207-209 State Street Bridgeport, Conn. p Sr9 8 0 3 R O R 0 u p 8 w. j XEss ssssssa n f7 Fairfield Avenna VARIIITY STOBS THE STORE THAT PAYS TETE CAR VAT ITT ATTJftACTTVTE TEN C3ENT AliTIC'LKS J OTi Eir, COUPOIT.GOOD THURSDAY, JULY 2 LARfiE NEW IX)T OF ONE TAKD TOE TEN CEXT ' P E E C A,L E S WITH COXTPOX TMTRSDAT 7c yard This lot of Perca:. just been received &n patterns and styles ars good. ' A "big savir f c pie wanting then fcr es and aprons. ' Flags and Buntir Fourth of July. HEW STRIKE HALTS HIGH SCHOOL WORK Another strike at the new High school and the continued carting: away of bricks which had been attached, marked today's development in the stormy progress of building the tem ple of learning. The strike was start ed by teamsters who were dissatis fied because they had too much work to perform. Because there is not enough men employed in the work, it was claimed that the teamsters had to assist in loading the carts which were taking away stone that had been excavated. The strike, which occurred at 11 a. rh., stopped work of any kind for about an hour. After the noon hour, the cement mixers and other em ployes resumed operations but at 2 o'clock no teamsters had returned to the Job. Deputy Sheriff Donnelly, who filed several attachments yesterday, had wagons on hand again today taking bricks away. It la eri mv. ' about 10,000 bricks have a.r-- ' t Durkin & La, tbs (t"' who are being sued, prou-i " '. ' ; a bond today so that . ments could be r !; 'i. "- 81 hour no bond had be?n f-rr is said that Attorneys F;. Oreenstein, who bro -suits tried o attach the t.-. . was moved from QiWn I!', '.I to Congress street. It was found, howrvr. t, deeds had not been convyj1 f - Durkin. who was appwl to r owner. " . JTOHXSOX FATLfi TO srro .c :P TO S- IG.V A T London, iuly 1 "3v.'k" : the negro heavyweirht pu?:; : failed to keep his appoi.-.'rrr offices of a sportiror p.pr he was to slg-n art :-- f- r a ? "Eam" langford, to ta. October. The promoter, ceived an Indirect -' n. ; . would arrivft here tor.-.r.-rr-w.