Newspaper Page Text
VOL. 51 NO. 31
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS Q uUU 4 Liu nn n nn n y u 1 wliU U La Lb KLJ & rmr no JILT UDuuL-A u Lti U UM U OUybvJ ls LSi lr ItM Lfii L, WW S at E l r r m ..if b f J it I c 3 I H i f ' E 1 k a - fit - a . C m ( T I r 13 c. a I Ww n r. a i NION MEN J INSIST THAT ; LOWES ON' NEW TBI Bridgeport Concern, Nest Lowest, Pleads for Work On - Ground That Local Business Should Be Considered . Union Men Retort That Non-Union Help Is Im ported By Local Firm and That Outside Bidder Would Hire Bridgeport Union lien Carry the Day. Because Casey & Hurley are not the lowest bidders on the contract for the new Lakevteif noma and because they ao not employ union labor,; members of local labor' organizations were be fore ' the Charities board at a public hearing in the-council chamber at the city hall today, protesting against the granting of the contract to the Bridgeport firm.' The Oscawanna Building Co. of Oscawanna. New Torn low bidder at $109,70, was given ,the contract. Casey & Hurley. of Bridgeport, bid about , 1,000 more than this figure and because the figures of the local-firnV were so close, there has been a disposition to award the contract to them. The' Oscawanna people employ runion labor. . - -f-' Several of the local labor unions whose members are employed in the. building tijades have written letters to the board v protesting - against , the .warding of the contract to Casey & Hurley. They claim if Casey & Hur ley were the lowest bidder they would not protest but since that firm is not low and the Oscawanna company' em ploys only union labor and will give employment to union citizens of Bridgeport.- they contended today that Ibe New Tor company anouia nave the contract. : ;The union men also claimed that employee of , Caey & Hurley , are not' resident of Bridge port and that most of them are strike , breakers. This JEdward Casey, of the j Hrm of Casey & Hurley denied. , The mayor presided at the meeting which was 'held ra the council cham ber just -before noon , today. 'Among the spectators were representatives of the " Oscawanna Building CSMessrs. Skinner and "Walker, architects of the proposed new Lake-view home, Super intendent : of Charities S. R. Gordon and a large number of union ,. labor men." !V" "-.';".'- - ?- Attorney Sanford i ' Stoddard, who appeared for the Oscawanna Building Co. Said that his firm had made the bid in good faith and. at B&vye ex pense, that it ras a responsible firm fully able to carry out any contract It might make and that it was but Just that bis clients should have the contract- v " '..it'--.'-:-.-' - . WliAn Via ftnijibArl Ytobftft Tfl- Hurley of the firm of Casey & Hurley,- cauea on Aromraa warren snsts Xhe latter pleaded the. .cause of the local builders well. -. He said to "part: lpless, Three A vYoiiien Killed In Bed By Fiend Unknown Brute Crushes Skull of Victims With -Heavy' Hammer and Then Hakes Escape. .' . - -- , - . Buffalo, Feb. 5 A triple murder in which an .entire family, consisting of grandmother, mother and daugh ,ter, was wiped out, was discovered at Salamanae today. The victims were in their beds with, their heads crush ed in. A heavy machinist's hammer smeared with blood and hair was found on the floor in one 1 of the. rooms. rK The victims are Mrs. Lizzie Drake, 65; Mrs. Irene Spencer, 35; and Ger trude Spencer, 12." , ' . Boys passing the Drake homestead found the rear door open, entered and made the ghastly discovery. The bodies were in separate rooms and there was no evidence of a struggle. They had been slain aa they slept. Physicians who examined the bodies said that the murders had been com mitted three or four days ago. The police have sent out an alarm for- a former boarder at the Drake house Who is reported to be missing. LEGISLATOR'S WIDOW SLASHES OWN THROAT Bethlehem,Cbnn.,Feb. 6. Mrs. Alice Bloas, widow of N. I Bloss, a former member of the Legislature, was found dead to bed at her home here today. She had cut .her throat during the nigfit. Mrs., Bloss, who was 61 years ld. had been in poor health for some tae. YVEATIIEIt FORECAST Rain or snow and warmer t -might; Saturday, -rain and warmer. Strong south winds. DDER GET WORK LAKEVIEW HOME ers Belonging to Unions- v "There are just as good mechanics in Bridgeport as anywhere else in the world and there are Just as good me chanics out. of the union as in it. I think 4t.a poor compliment to Bridge- i port . toT give our work to ' outside ! firms. i Architect J. W Northrop whom? -Mrs:,-. Hurley .called " next: said , Casey 4fe Hurley were trustworthy and reUable.'.:r-i-. - ; v' - '; ' - A representative of the Fletcher ; Engineering Co. also endorsed the firm. Attorney Stoddard said he was not questioning the ability of Casey & Hurley to execute the contract but he thought his clients had won . the contract fairly. - - . The -.. fireworks . began right ; after ward when "the union - labor represen tativea .began in no uncertain terms to voice their protests. ' Ernest " V. O'Brien, walk business agent for the Bricklayers and Blasters union local spoke first. 1 '-'.?-. i . ' ,.-" "As .citizens and taxpayers," said , Mr, O'Brien,, "the members', of , the organization 'oppose the granting , of this contract to Casey Hurley They oppose flre,t pn the ground that this firm are . not citizens ,of Bridgeport. They Are not- union , men either, , but are strike breakers brought here dur-, ing the Jabor : trouble some . ten - or twelve years ago and not to be com pared f to .the men born and brought epjMrt or who have lived here 26 or 8.0 years.- .v. . " 3X you give this contract - to the low Didder you will give it to a firm that will ewiptoy Bridgeport ; me chanics at living wages and. you will get a -building that- will be. a .credit to the ,cityi i "We have never opposed the granting of this .contract because Casey & Hurley employ non-union la bor but because the firm is not the lowest bidder.-; Ifhe firm had bid low we would. ha said nothing. ,"We did not object when they 'got the con tract fop. the Bryant school. There is a cry to boost. Bridgeport labor but it seems as ' if you wanted to .put a barrier) before union, labor from the manner in which some con tracts are given. ; Our -organization wants to see this 'contract go to the lowest bidderJ "When Casey & Hur ley built the Bryant school only one man who worked on the Job was a resident of ' Bridgeport. All the others were strike breakers imported, here to: take , the Jobs of Bridgeport , Continued on Page S. - Gantwell Finds Diamonds Lost At Charity Ball Hotel. Manager Closes Ball Room, Makes Personal Search and Succeeds When Others Failed. , Four valuable diamonds, loosened from a necklace of Mrs. Samuel. C. Shaw, wife of the well known attor ney .were kicked around the ball room -of the Stratf ield hotel last night by dancers at the annual charity ball. Probably swept into a corner by the swish of some air woman's , dress, they -ray undiscovered during the en tire affair, and even when the loss was reported members of the hotel staff failed to observe them until Manager Frank A. Cantwell prosecuting a personal search located them and to day returned them to . their owner. ' Mrs; Shaw when asked of the loss today stated that the diamonds, four in number, were hanging pendant from a string of valuable beads about her neck. During the course of the evening they must- have ; become de tached, though she did not miss them until she arrived at her home, 18 San ford place at an early hour .this morn ing. .. . - ' A thorough search of the taxicab in which she and her husband rode home failed to uncover them and the Hotel Stratfield was at once com municated with. Attendants . were sent to search the room, but reported that the Jewels could -not be found. Manager Frank Cantwell was told of the occurrence and closing the big ball-room made a personal search. He located the gems far' away in one corner of the room beneath a settee. The family notified of the find were greatly relieved- and Attorney Shaw called at the hotel today and person ally recovered them. When asked to state the value -of the. Jewels to the Farmer today he asked that no undue publicity be given i the matter and modestly stated that the value could be placed at "about 600." BUDLONG'S WIFE IN FASHIONABLE TOGS IN COURT She and Private Detectives 4 Who Discovered Hus band Give Bail POLICE BREAK IN ON "TRIANGLE" ROW Wife Accompanies Detec tives She Hired jbo Shadow Manufacturer , Fashionably attired, Mrs. " May Budlong, wife of Herbert Budlong, "as sistant, manager, of the American Graphophone Company." was a pris oner in the police court' this morning on a charge of breach, of the peace. Mrs. Budlong . was arrested about 10:30 o'clock' last night with Eugene Zanelli . and Benjamin Sternberg, pri vate detectives from New Haven, af ter tiey had forced' their way Into the home of Mrs. Frances; Scott, 210 F&irview avenue in search, of Mr. Bud long. - .'-.' ';-."?-'';:':'-'''. Mrs. . Budlong and the ,' detectives were not arraigned today,' the cases being continued until . February 13, at the request of Mr, Budlong's coun sel. If the cases are tried out in courti at that time some sensational testimony is expected. For some time Mr, and Mre. Bud long have not , been living together. He has apartments in West avenue,, and she' has lived with her. father, William Brooks,, of 373 ' Arctic street. It is understood that Mrs. .Budlong has been considering divorce proceed ings for some time and had engaged Zanelli and Sternberg , of the Sposa Detective Agency, New Haven,,, to- as sist her In getting evidence, . According to the reports clrCBl&ted at police headquarters, following' the arrest last night, Mr. Budlong had been a visitor at the Scott home fre quently and was paying, attentions to Mrs. Scott's daughter, Mabel. . - The daughter, it ' Is understood, was re cently divorced from' a. man named Clouae, residing in Ithaca, N. Y. - Mrs. Budlong, with the two detec tives, went ,to the Scott home last night and . demanded to know if Bud long were in the house. Receiving a negative reply, the visitors . insist ed on' inspecting the house, despite the protests of Mrs. Scott. . A hur ried search of the various - rooms in the house discovered Mr. Budlong and Mabel Scott. - .. ,.-'"- There was an Interchange of rather heated remarks and finally the ar guments attained . such volume that Mrs. Scott and her daughter say they thought it best to seek the quiet of the front veranda. While they were there, Detective Luke Petruschell ar rived with the auto , patrol which, had answered an alarm that . there -were two burglars in the house. . It .is be lieved that neighbors sent In the call for the "police. . . Detective Petruschell thought' the best way out -of the argument , was to take all concerned. tox headquarters. Mrs. Scott, her daughter, Mrs. Bud long, Budlong and the two private de tectives were given 'a, ride to head quarters. , . - ' ..I, . i '. There six different versions of the affair were presented simultaneously to Lieut. Blansfleld. . . When he had figured -it all out, - the : lieutenant de cided that the- three who had forced their way into the house should 'be held. C- He,, therefore, arrested Mrs. Budlong and the detectives on charges of breach of the peaces. . A11 immediately-were released on bonds. -' Mr. and Mrs. Budlong have been separated for about two, years. Mr. Budlong is a divorcee through a for mer marriage and now is said to ibe paying alimony. -i- - r -' SENATE O. K;: ON GREENE RS POSTMASTER (Special to The Farmer.) . Washington, Feb. 5. On motion of Senator Brandegee, the Senate last night in executive session, unanimous ly confirmed President Wilson's nomi nation of Charles F. Green to be postmaster of Bridgeport, Conn., and then sent his name to the president without delaying the customary lay over of three legislative days after confirmation. ' SENATE ELECTIONS IN TWO STATES TO BE INVESTIGATED Washington, Feb. 5. By unanimous vote, the Senate elections committee today recommended " investigation of Senatorial campaigns in Pennsylvania and Illinois and in other states where charges of corruption hjive bees made. NO DOCTOR FOR X-SGIENGE GIRL, B. H. S. JUNIOR Health Officer McLellan Signs Death Certificate i for Parents WEAKENED HEART IS GIVEN AS THE CAUSE Deceased Was Niece of Well Known Shelton Con ! :.') tractor ? Fallowing - ailment of nearly a month's' duration during which time no physician was called to attend her, Miss Olive Beard, 15-year-old pupil of the Bridgeport High school, died yes terday afternoon at the home of her Christian Science parents, Mr. and Mrs.- Oliver Q.- Beard, Jr., 135 Beech wood avenue. - " i, A death certificate failiner to give the primary cause of death but stating the secondary cause to probably ibe valvular heart failure has been signed by Health Officer , Edward. A. McLel lan, who was called into the case sev eral hours after the girl had died. At the Beard home today it was freely , admitted that no doctor had been called 'because the family were members of the Christian Science faith and that . It Was several hours after death before the city health officer had been called into" consultation with, the family." '- . . . '"" Miss Olive Beard was In her Junior year at the Bridgeport High school. having been graduated from ' the Ma- plewood school. -She has two other sisters, Anna and Grace, residing In this city, , a grandfather, Oliver .. Beard of Shelton, and an uncle, . B. . N. Beard, the. weir known highway ; con structor at Shelton, who-is now toeing sued for libel by John T: JECing-of this citytvHer father Is associated in tms-Ip'-bs Vith the Bl mu Beard company. . In. discussing the matter this after noon Dr. Edward Ai McLellan said: ,1 was .called into the case last night, some bours after the death of the child, . who apparently jdied from a weakened heart. I could- not ascertain that . any physician , had been called. The family, told me that' the girl had been ailing for some time and had al ways suffered from a weak heart. - 3he lasped slowly and from a superficial examination with what the family said I was. satisfied that a death certificate could be issued: by me in accordance with the health regulations, which per mit me to regularly issue the certifi cte under such circumstances. I un Continued on Page Two) . MIDDLEBROOKS' NAME EXPECTED FOR MARSHALL Retiring Incumbent, Sidney E. Hawley, Is Close Friend of Successor : (Special to The Farmer.) Washington,. Feb. 5. The nomina tion at -. Chasterfield C. Middlebrooks, Democrat, of Winsted -to be IT. S. marshal for Connecticut is expected almost daily. ' Mr; Middlebrooks' name is agreeable to both Congressmen Don ovan and ' Kennedy. - Other candidates for . the place includes Mr. Gaff ey of Hartford and Oeorge Forsber of Rock ville. Mr. Middlebrooks has the, sup port also of leading members of the Connecticut bench and bar. '.'.'.. The designation of Mr. Middlebrooks will (be more pleasing to the retiring incumbent, Sidney- BJ. Hawley, than that . of any other candidate so far mentioned, for Middlebrooks and Haw ley were county cheriflfs of Litchfield and Fairfield counties contemporane ously for several years and a close personal friendship - grew up which time has strengthened. The three can didates mentioned have been under the serious consideration of Attorney General Thomas W. Gregory for some weeks. Both United States senators have written to Attorney. General Gregory, in response to his inquiries, telling that official they are satisfied with the selection of Middlebrooks and there is no ; doubt tout that the name, when presented, will receive unanimous en dorsement. . .. ..- . Chesterfield C. Middlebrooks was sheriff of Litchfield county from 1903 to 1907. He was born in Sharon, Conn., July 24, 1860. In 1S80 tie went to Win ate d and entered the employ of . the Gilbert Clock company, where he stayed for fourteen years. He was for several years at the head of the Win sted police force and was a constable of the town of Winchester, in which offices he showed great executive abil ity. In 1894 be was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff Henry J. Allen, and in 1903 he was elected sheriff by a good majority. At the expiration of his office, in 1907, he was appointed by the Judges of the . state one of the Jury commissioners for Litchfield county. Mr. Middlebrooks recently ran a close race with Frank H. Turkington for re election as sheriff of Litchfield county. He was endorsed by the Progressives. He contested the election of Mr. Turk ington,' but the case was ruled out of court on a demurrer. Summary OF THE War News One of the most furious battles of the war is now at . its height , along the - Russo-German front west of Warsaw. Large bodies of German troops have been ' brought up for Field Marshal Von Hindehburg's': third desper ate effort to batter a way through the Russian line. The attack is centered near the Polish village of Borjimow-around which for ,the last few-days has been raging " a battle that for intensity com pares with the struggle in Flan ders earlier in .the war. .Official statements make no mention of the extent of .the losses which. Judging from the -nature V' of the fighting, j must be enoN mous. -. . . x ; j A communication from the Russian war . office today says -that along a section of the front about six miles long the -Germans brought up no less than , 84,000 , men, ; supported by 100 batteries of artillery. In compact masses these troops were hurled ' against' the .Russian positions.. The Petrograd , statement as serts these attacks Were broken up and that the Russians assum- , ing the offensive in turn, captured . German trenches and occupied ' two villages. ( In the Carpathians, the fighting. . is hardly less severe. The Pe trograd war office admits that the Russians retreated ! in one section of this front after fight ' ing 10 successive engagements with bayonets.' Elsewhere Russian-successes are claimed.' The action of the German ad ; miralty in declaring within the war zone the waters surrounding England, Scotland and Ireland is supported enthusiastically by the German press. The Berlin Post states that "men and freight not only on British ships but un- . der a neutral flag are doomed to sink." , i ' Official VIEW S OF World's War QEBUAir Berlin, ' Feb. 5. The German army Headquarters staff today gave out the following statement: ' "On the whole western front aside from an Isolated French attack on the German positions to the northwest of Perthes, when was unusuccessful,only artllery duels took place. "On the East Prussian frontier re viewed Russain attacks to the south -of Memel river were repulsed. "Strong -Kussan attacks against the positions recently taken by the Ger mans to the east of Bolimow '(east of Lowicz) were- equally unsuccessful. We have taken prisoners in thstft vicin ity since Feb. 1, 26 officers and about 6,000 men'." v ; FRENCH Paris," Feb. . 5. The French war of fice this afternoon gave out the re port on 'the progress of the fighting as follows: . ' v "In Belgium, German aviators yes terday showed great activity. The an nouncement given .out last . night re ported the ; occupation of a trench of the enemy to the west from Arras to Lille. This trench was a cause of an noyance to . the troops occupying the positions won by us several days ago to the east of this road. ' Consequent ly, we blew it up with a mine and im mediately afterwards a detachment of Zouaves and our light African infan try installed itself securely in, the con quered positions.; 'All the Germans in the trench thus occupied were either killed or taken prisoner. "- s ' . "Our artillery silenced the batteries of the enemy at a point near Adlnfor (to the south of Arras) near Pozieres (northeast of Albert) near Ham (north west of Perrone) as well as in the sec tor of Pailly (south of Noyon)." RUSSIAN Petrograd, Feb. 5 The. general staff of the Russian army under date of Feb. S has issued a. report of the fighting which reads as follows: "In East Prussia we are making progressing by fighting our way along both ' banks of the river Schesehupp, in the vicinity of Ladehne, to the east of Tilsit. On the left bank . of . the Vistula the fighting between Borjimow and Wola Szydlowiecka has continued with extraordinary ferocity. The enemy has brought into the engage- i ment compact masses of men. In the endeavor to penetrate our front the Germans have here introduced into a sector of 10 versts (about six miles) no fewer than seven divisions, sup planted By - one hundred " batteries of artillery. Certain divisions advanced on a front only one Verst wide.: "In the Carpathians the fighting continues along the front which is be tween, the Dukla Pass and Mt Wysz kow. We advanced at a point near Svidnik, in the valley of the river Labortch, moving in the direction of Oujck. We took 2,000 prisoners and 10 machine guns. "At Mt. Toukholka and at Mt Be skid our troops during the last few days have been confronting the ene my with a desperate-oresistance. They accepted no less than 10 engagements at the pokxt of the bayonet. On Feb. 3 we resolved to withdraw our sol diers from the mountain positions to other, positions previously selected and organized by us. The offensive strength of the enemy in this vicinity is" very considerable. Washington Fears for Safety of American Ship ping in Naval War Zone England May Re taliate By Declaring Foodstuffs Are Contra band of War International Laws Make No Provision To Cover Problem. , GERMANY ISSUES Berlin, Feb, 5 The chief admiral of the staff of the Ger man navy has issued the following official communication: "England is on the eve of shipping numerous troops and large quantities of war material to Krance. Against these Eng lish transports ive will proceed with all the means of warfafe at our; disposal. ' ; ' 'Neutral shipping is earnestly cautioned against approach ing the northern or the western coasts of France as in the wa ters such vessels would run the serious danger of being con founded with ships whose purposes are warlike." . C.. .Washington," Feb.' 5 Germany's declaration of a naval war zone around G.reat Britain and ..Ireland, ' including the Englis h Channel and the northern passage by the Shetland Inlands, is regarded here as one of the most serious developments of U; war. -'v ..';'-" '- , ''-, .'".-'''- It was regarded as highly' possible, for one thing, thuL it would hasten the movement begun by the Latin-American coun tries for a speedy conference of neutral states to devise means to reduce losses to neutral commerce to a minimum. : lNo Protest From United States At first there were some intimations in administration cir cles that it might be the subject of a protest by the United States but the official view developed that there was little or- no ground for that and it was recalled that no protest, was made when the North Sea was strewn with mines. ; Sweden, Norway, Denmark and .Holland have repeatedly addressed the state department here to secure American back ing for measures to relieve distress in their own commerce and the latest German proclamation is expected to cause a redoubled effort of all the neutrals for measures to protect themselves. Counsellor Lans iri;, of h state de- partmfeht,, took Secretary-, Bryan's chair at the cabinet meeting today In the latter's absence. ; . 'V :';"; .-Neither the state department " nor the German embassy had received the latest "Berlin admiralty statement to day and it Was stated at the German embassy that the Berlin foreign of fice probably would deliver copies to diplomatic representatives In Berlin and regard that notice as sufficient Yesterday's proclamation is an exten sion of a former one delivered by Am bassador Gerard, applying to the north and west coasts of France." No ' Precedent 61 Lawa. . . ' : There is no precedent . in dealing with the question because heretofore- submarines have played ' no im portant part in warfare and ' all of the rules of international law are en framed with specjal reference to ordi nary ships. The ordinary proceed ings are taking prizes and dealing with merchant ships of an enemy Which it is not , feasible " to take as prizes are clearly , set out and estab lished by long usage. The merchant men must be. halted, boarded and either made prize or sunk. But in the latter case, crew and passengers must be taken off. - ; 1 While it was noted that the procla mation was directed against "enemy ships" and "" applies to neutral ships only, when the attacks "were meant for enemy ships" through suspicion of misuse of neutral flags, officials ex pressed grave concern over the im plied threat to sink merchant vessels, probably without warning or taking off non-combatants, ' During consid eration of the subject by the state de partment, .American mariners will probably be warned and to enter for bidden waters at their own risk. ... England May, Retaliate. - The notice from the British govern ment that it is contemplating retalia tion against German trade has given rise to much speculation on the part of officials as to what the British have in mind. Although it has been denied that any official . declaration that food supplies are contraband has been issued, it is believed , that the British notice forecasts the speedy is sue of some such declaration. - " In addition to this trying to cut off Germany's food supply by water, it is believed to be possible that the British may make the blow more se vere by prohibiting the transportation nf rntton to Germany. Cotton is a nf nome forms or smoiceiess powder as well as the high explosive . ENGLAND STIRRED BY ANNOUNCEMENT OF GERMANY'S BLOCKADE OF COASTS . London, Feb. 5 Although refer-1 ring sarcastically to Germany's threat ! to bottle up . the British Isles by means : of submarines as a "paper blockade," England is stirred today by this latest development in the ma--' rine situation as she seldom has been since the outbreak of hostilities. The press unanimously subprdin ates all other war news, not excepting the Turkish attempt ? to cross the Suez Canal, to give prominence to the despatches from Berlin while the for eign office . statement following quickly the publication of the Ger man decree indicates that the ; gov ernment authorities take the German threat as one requiring a prompt1 counter stroke. As the statement says, the authorities are considering "more stringent . measures against German trade." . . ; - The ministers are treating the sub ject as of particular urgency and a full official statement as to the at titude of Great Britain - should be NEW WARNING guncotton used in the war., heads of torpedoes and submarine mixi7 .1. Aside from depriving Germany of that nec essary article, the . British. enforce ment of such an order would deal a heavy blow to the German textile factories which are now Just begin ning to receive almost a normal sup ply from the United States. State department officials indicated that the German proclamation was analogous In their minds to the strew ing of mines in the North Sea and a similar announcement by Great Brit ain that neutral shipping - might be imperilled there. Officials See No Threat. Officials did not view the . German proclamation, as a threat to destroy neutral ships If found in the war zone but as a warning that all ships enter ed there at their own risk. The statement in the German pro clamation that there is in existence a British order to its fleet permitting them to use neutral flags may draw forth an inquiry from the United States although Great Britain has, in connection with recent submarine raids charged that neutral vessels were used as bases.. While the German proclanation is being carefully considered at the state department, officials manifested much interest as to the probable effect of the announcement on the movement of American ships bearing munitions and contraband of war to the allies. While such vessels probably will be convoyed from the French or English ports by warships of the allies, the rules of the international law provide that a neutral vessel cannot be de stroyed until taken to a prize court and duly condemned. London View of Case.' ' Under the , declaration of London, however, a neutral -vessel which is cer tain to be condemned as a prize, may be destroyed by a belligerent waraliip if taking her into port would impair the success of the warship's opera tions. Before the vessel is destroyed. all the persons on board must be placed in safety and the captor must later establish that he acted in the face of necessity. , Otherwise, com pensation to the injured shipper fol lows. , Until a specific case of destruction of an American ship in the new war zone develops, it was regarded as moat unlikely that any protest would be made by the United States although further inquiries as to the exact boundaries of the prohibited water I areas are expected to be made. forthcoming shortly. The German press, in the mean time, hails this newly announced pol icy of the navy with great satisfac tion. The comments received in London today indicate that the news papers consider sufficient the warn ing to neutral ships that the waters surrounding the British Isles are to be considered a military area after Feb. 18, and that ships attempting passage outside of the channels specif fied do so at their own risk. "POMPOUS DECREE," SAYS BRITISH PRESS London, Feb. 5 "The pompous de cree threatening sudden death to all who venture to approach the British coasts adds nothing to what our ene my has done or has attempted to ri since the -beginning of the war," says: Continued on Page 2.