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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY FEB. 10, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS AMEN DMENT FOR ISBELL iRIPPERBILt Prepared By Representative Stoddardand Offered By Senator Purcell MERGER PLAN TO BE RUSHED THROUGH Bill to Investigate Brewery . ' Ownership of Saloons Derailed ' (Social to Farmer.) Hartford, Feb. 10 In the Senate today Senator Purcell presented an amendment to the majority report on the civil service, measure which. ; was Introduce yesterday. It is under stood the amendment was drafted by Representative Stoddard. , (Dem.), ' a member .of the judiciarycommittee. candidate shall be eligible for a state office, who has been convicted of a crime within seven years of the date of his application, or who" Js addicted to the use of intoxicants or drugs, or who has been removed for cause from the state service. , v The amendment further f provides that -there shall .be no exemptions to that part of "the - present law which requires competitive tests for civil ser vice " positions. ': The approval of- the civil service commission, under the Purcell amendment, would not be re quired for the removal for cause of arv employe. -'-!' . .-t -'--r t ".'.'- ; The final paragraph of "the amend ment provides that undue political activity ;, shall: t : constitute sufficient cause for the removal of any civil service employe, from office V Kelly's "Request" Bill Aimed at Brewing Interest (Special to The, Farmer.) - Hartford, Feb 10. Through a mis take In reference to committee there came to the attention of the . house to ' day,' a bill fathered by Certain retail liquor dealers ;. at ' - Bridgeport, which, will bo of statewlde ; interest. : ' . ,,, . .The bill introduced by.. request, by Pie p. Kelly, authorizes the speaker of the house r to appoint, a commit tee ' of six representatives to investi gate the ownership of retail saloons by breweries; , , ..'''' ? -, The bill was introduced during the final rush preceding January 28, the time limit for the presentation of new business. . According to the clerk. of the lionise an error in stamping an en dorsement upon the bill sent it to the committee , on education. The senate also, in the press of last, day business concurred in. this , reference. In the house to-day the committee on education returned the bill, and a corrected reference to the committee on excise was .made.- - y .. Rep. Kelly said that' the bill was in troduced by him at the -request of cer tain retail liquor' dealers in Bridge port. He does not know to -what ex tent they wish the proposed investiga tion to go, or what disposition might be mftde of the committee's finding. . Consolidation Opposed. (Special to The. Farmer.) . . Hartford,-Feb. - 10. Senator Mead, chairman iOf the committee -on . cit ies 'and boroughs, presented in the senate, to-day, a favorable report on the Bridgeport charter amendment re vising the taxing district lines. .The hearing was held on the amendment yesterday and some opposition devel oped from first district taxpayers. Sent Mead explained that immediate action on he rjeport is desired, be cause ' the amendment affecting the making up of the municipal budget. The measure was ordered printed, and will come up for action to-morrow. Pbtot Ttatnfll Kill. ' "' '"' (Special, to The Farmer.) '' Hartford, Feb. 10- John McBlroy, representing the Bridgeport letter car riers, and Wallace A. Smith, repre senting other, civil service employes in Bridgeport, appeared to-day before the committee on federal relations at a. hearing on Sen.' Purcell's resolution endorsing the Hamill bill, now before Congress, for the pensioning of civil service employes. Sen. Comley of : Bridgeport Is chairman of this com mittee. - In addition to the Bridgeport speak ers' a number of representatives of other associations of federal employes throughout this state also endorsed the Hamill bill. - . Praise tor Bennett. j . (Special to the Farmer.) - Hartford, Feb.. 10 Senator Bartlett, chairman of the conanittee on execu tive - nominatipnsi presented to the senate today a favorable report on the resolution confirming Charles J. Ben nett as state highway commissioner. The resolution was passed unanimous ly. - - Senator " Bartlett spoke of the high degree of efficiency obtained in the- highway department, under Com-f- ussioner Bennett. ) ' . Asks for . Citizenship. ( Special to the Farmer. ) Hartford, Feb. 10--Before the com mittee on forfeited rights there was a hearing, this afternoon, upon the petition - of Daniel ' 3. IMllon, - of Bridgeport, asking the restoration of his rights as an - elector. Harbormaster- Garry Paddock appeared in the - Interests of Dillon, whose rights were forfeited- through his conviction of a crime in connection with a prize fight in Stratford, two years ago. Representative Ivan, Morehouse, who as prosecuting attorney for the town of Stratford appeared against Diilion, also . appeared before the committee today and asked that Dillion's rights be restored. (Continued ' on Page Two) - GERARD DISTURBED BY THEATRE ROWDY Berlin, Feb. 10. While Ambassador Gerard and a party from the American embassy were attending a theatre last night they were greatly annoyed by a man in the au,dvence who protested because they' were speaking English. "When this man was informed that his remarks were directed against the American ambassador he began a loud and violent tirade against the United States for permitting the exportation Of arms.. .. ;; v ADMINISTRATION STANDS FIRM IN SHIP DEADLOCK Senators Break Down Under Strains of Record Break- 4 ' ing Session c WILSON'S COHORTS THWART OPPOSITION Kitchin and the President In Conference at White House Washington, " Feb. . 10. Deadlocked over -President Wilson's ship bill in a I continuous session .wiuvu caucdus jj many hours anyT other -of which there is record, the Senate today showed no sign of an end to the legislative strug gle. . C'i. - :, ' v- . , - -- At lO o'clock this morning the con tinuous session had lasted 46 hours. Senator' Townsend, Republican, had relieved Senator Sherman " who had been talking since 1 a. m., opening the day's assault on the shipping hill from the Republican side.' While Mr. Town send spoke fresh forces on both sides of the chamber relieved ; the tired, ( heavy-eyed senators who had stood guard, through the night.- ; ; - . Many senators had begun to break under the physical strain of the fight. Senator Penrose , was compelled last night to go to his hotel "Under care of a physician.- Others were forced by physical exhaustion to retire to -their homes; but plans of Senate , leaders were made to rush them back on short notice should their votes be needed. -, Twjce during the night "the- Republi cans and allied Democrats of the op position vainly soHght to : adjourn the Senate but admmistratioh lines held flrmlyi.' ; 'Majority Leader Kern assert ed, early in the-- day that there , would be no let up until-the pending ques tion at least, could be put to a vote. The pending: question still remains on a motion of Senator Fletcher to recom mit the bill . with instructions for its immediate 1 amendment and return to the Senate, .." v - . -.- ' f Meanwhile, , means for forcing . the shipping.' bill through were discussed by President -. Wilson i at conferences with Majority . Leader Underwood of the House and Representatie Kitchin, who , is to succeed Mr. Underwood as House .leader after March 4. The President's suggestion to the House leaders was that the Senate shipping bill might be attached as an amend ment to-the Weeks bill, already passed by the Senate, -providing for the .use of naval vessels in carrying mails and freight. The Weeks bill is now before the House i naval affairs committee. The President, it was understood, had not finally determined .to" press this idea but it is said to have support of several Republican leaders. Mr. KHxrhin went to the White House primarily to take up. with; the Pres ident the .views of members of the ways and means commitee that there should be no extra, session of. Con- CORONER PROBING DEATH OR THOMAS' BURfIS Oil RAILROAD Whether Thomas Burns, a - brake man on 'a freight train fell off his train at Sandy Hook last Saturday af ternoon and sustained injuries which caused - death or - whether he was caught, and crushed between another -train on the - siding there Is what Coroner Phfelan is trying to detertnine at Sandy "Hook today. The coroner had a number of railroad employes including the station master before him. ' . - 4 i ... . He has previously interviewed .mem bers of he traijn crew with whom Burns worked .but has not found any one who saw 1 Burns hurt. ' The un fortunate, brakeman died at the . Dan bury hospital soon after he was taken there. He was unmarried, and 25 years' of, age. ' -. - . . v Coroner Phelan is awaiting a report from E. W. Winchester of New Ha ven regarding the killing of - Frank JJigori at Stamford recently. Llgori who was a "barber of Glendale, was shocked to death by electricity as he attempted to board a train at Stam ford.. When the Coroner j-eceixes ex pert Winchester's report lie will make his finding . on the case. . Mr. Win chester was employed by the state to investigate. r V. POSTPONE LINCOLN DAY OBSERVA1TCE Members of Franklin Bartlett camp. No. 11," Sons of Veterans, have post poned their Lincoln Day observance from last night until Friday evening, Febraury 19. .' The entertainment will ibe held, in G. A. R. hall with plenty of good music and speaking. Members of Ellas Howe post, No. a, G. A. R. have been Invited, also -Nathaniel W. Bishop camp. United . Spanish War Veterans, and other patriotic societies. Friends of the members have also been invited. The entertainment will begin at eight o'clock. :":. ' .'-'... The Bank of England sold 307,000 of foreign.- coin, the destination of which was not made public. DE CASTELLANE LOSES SUIT IN VATICAN COURT Action for Annulment of His Marriage Fails In Rota Tribunal"; a SUIT WAS BASED ON HER ALLEGED THREAT Former Anna Gould, Now Duchess of Tallyrand, Retains Children Paris, Feb. 10. The- Rota Tribunal has rejected Count Boni De . Castel lane's suit for the annulment of his marriage to Anna Gould, now the Duches of ' Tallyrand, according to a special despatch from Rome. Argu ments in the third trial of the case were -closed yesterday after which the court announced its decision. '--. . Count De Castellane's appeal to the Vatican courts for the annulment of his marriage to Anna Gould has been pending since 1910. Under the ec clesiastic judicial system before a re ligious marriage is annulled the case must be heard three times by the Rota Tribunal, each time by three different judges and two decisions must, favor a contestant before the judgment is final. In the Castellane case the pres ent Duchess of Tallyrand has won two of these decisions. If the Count had been successful in obtaining . annulment of the religious marriage he would have been enabled to marry again. .- Under -the French law he would have obtained posses sion of their three children who were given into the custody of their mother when she secured a divorce in the Paris courts on Nov. 14, 1906. ; . De Castellane based his . petition largely upon affidavits made by Prince Del Drago and Jean De Castellane, the Count's brother, who declared the then Miss Gould invalidated the relig ious marriage by declaring to them a quarter , of an hour before the cere mony was performed that she intend ed to. divorce her husband if ever he were unfaithful to her. : . Anna Gould, daughter of the late Jay Gould, was' married to Count JDe Castellane In New Xork City on March 4, 1896. , "- , "V '',, : ' After i her divorce from him she married Prince Helie De Sagan on July 7, 10.8, a,nd became, the Duchess of Tallyrand- when; her. husband sucn ceeded to the title upon the death of his father in Paris, Feb 21 1810. . CUSTODY OF HELEN JUDD'S SOU CAUSE OF COURT DISPUTE Mrs. Margaret Gilson of West Ha ven seeks . the custody i of - Clarence Earl Judd, the two and a, half year old son of Mrs.- Nellie Watson Judd who was killed at West Haven , one night in December, ISIS, when a ra pidly moving trolley car "struck an automobile which -John L. ' Somers, the Broad street painting contractor, was driving. . Judd, who lives at 7S Park Terrace, is the natural guardian of his-son. Mrs. Gilson had adopted Mrs. Judd when she was a little girl and Mrs. Judd had lived with her un til her marriage.- Mrs. Gilson alleges that Judd is an unfit person to care for his son and she desires the cus tody of, the child. Detective Ser geant Cronan, Police Sergeants Ram sey 'and Flood and Patrolman Bray were before Judge-Miller in the pro bate court yesterday afternoon to tes tify that Judd is . not a fit person to care for his child. - - - . Before , the "accident in ..which the child's mother was killed, Judd - and his wife were living apart and she had "the custody of the child. Since the death of -the mother, Judd has had the 'custody. He desiresvto keep the boy with him- ' He was -represented in the court by Attorney James H. O'Rourke. - - , , , - ..Judge Miller after hearing the testimony-, of the policemen adjourned the hearing until next Tuesday when (Mrs. Gilson will be given an, oppor tunity to present other witnesses and Judd will also be heard. Hall Favored for , - New Haven Judgeship Hartford, Feb. 10 The New Haven Judgeship contest heand yesterday was reported by the committee today, a resolution in favor of George E. Hall, going into the Senate and being tabled for the calendar while in the House unfavorable reports- were made on resolutions in behalf of Samuel E. Hoyt and L. ; Erwin Jacobs. The Jacobs resolution was rejected while that for Mr. Hoyt was tabled by re quest. The Senate concurred with the House in electing Fred J.v. Brown and Charles H. Smith ; commissioners of New London county. ' In the House, ; resolutions appoint ing Wesley O'Hearn judge and F. Harris Warner associate Judge at Middletown to fill vacancies were re ceived, adopted "and the resolutions sent to the Senate . under suspension of the rules. r ;. - ' Other favorable reports, on judge ship resolutions were- in, behalf of Judges Pearne and Warner, for the regular. term at Middletown; ' J. Butler Merwin at New Milford; A. M. Brown, at Grlswold ; Fred P. Lamar judge and A. S. Chever, deputy judge at Groton. Announcement was made in the House that the New Haven Republi can caucus on the county commission- ership set for tomorrow had -been postponed until Tuesday owing to ill pess among the county delegation. From the House calendar resolutions appointing James R. Mead judge at Greenwich, ft. C. Stoddard judge and N. S. Buckingham deputy judge at Milford were adopted. . GOVERNOR OFFERS $1,000 REWARD FOR DOURLE MURDERERS Hartford, Feb. 10 Gov. Tlol- comb said this afternoon that he would authorize on the part of the state the offering of a reward of $1,000 for the apprehension of the murderers of the Jlev. Joseph Ze-j bris and his housekeeper, Miss Iva Gilmanaitts, in New Britain some time Monday night. " Two individ uals in New Britain offer $100 each ' . " , . ,. v : : J MASSEY SLAIN IN REVENGE FOR ALLEGED INSULT That Is Grist of Confession Made By Domestic In His Home' WIFE, BRTDGEPORTER, HURRIES TO TORONTO Automobile Man's v Death Came On Steps of Home Newsboy Is Witness (Special to The Farmer.) Toronto, Feb. 10. That Charles A. Massey, a, former employe of the Lo comobile Co. of America of Brigeport, was slain by a domestic in his home in revenge for attempted advances is the giat of a confession made by Car rie 'Davis,' the 18 years old girl now held by the Dominion authorities for murder..' ... . . i" t. '. Massey, a former Bridgeporter, died almost instantly on the-steps of his own home, . where the shooting took place Monday evening. v H3s wife, in Hartford, Conn., when the tragedy oc curred, is now here. She was a. Bridge port gin, Knoaa vanaergruu -x-neir little eon also is here; - Massey was the son of the late C. Albert Massey, formerly vice-president and general manager - of the, .Massey Manufaoturing company. - He resided at 169 Walmer road. When 1 arrested the . girl . gave her reason as. .revenge for alleged approaches made, to her by her victim, . Mrs. Massey .has been absent in Hartford, Conn., but arrived In this city last night. ,; '. Massey was 32 years .of . age and a salesman for the York Motor Car com pany of this city. He had walked down Walmer road from Dupont street shortly 'before six - o'clock Monday night and was .just about In his house when the girl confronted him at the threshold pf the door, pistol in hand. She flred two shots,- the first missing and the second entering the left breast. Massey turned but he got no .-further than the ,. adjoining house when he sank to the ground. He was carried into a neighbor's" house and a doctor who was passing attempted to minis ter to him but the attempt was fruit less for he expired less than ten min utes later from the effects of the bullet which -had pierced near to the heart. . Carrie Davis was later arrested in her room on the, top floor by the police who had : been summoned by neigh bors, and was charged with Massey's murder. There was but one eye-wit ness to the tragedy, a newsboy who had called, to leave c a paper at ; the nouse ana collect some money from the family. . The servant girl had told him that no one was home and he left. He had gone but a short distance when he heard a shot and turning around saw Massey at the foot of the steps. The girl at this moment stepped from the doorway and flred again. Massey fell to the sidewalk and the girl re entered the, house. . 'When the police arrived they found the fourteen-iyear-old son of the Mas-, seys in the basement of the dwelling! xxe Knew noxmng or tne airair. As the sergeant of police walked upstairs through the house the Davis girl called to( him to come upstairs. He told her to come down which she did with the revolver still in her hand. She relin quished it without a murmur of pro test and accompanied the police to de tective headquarters where she Is said to have made a full and startling con fession. " This the police refuse to dis close. . The. girl Is said to have come from England with her sister about two years ago last May. Most of the time since, she has worked in the Massey house as a domestic. The motive for the crime is still a mystery, for as far as can be learned she-was treated well and harbored no grudge. Massey was a member of the Royal Canadian yacht club, and Is survived, bv one brother and several sisters living in Torontp. 4 , ; $6,000 Legacy Waits ' For Robert Meara If He'll Declare Himself If a brother of Robert Meara or O'Meara who was born in Ireland about 70 years ago and who came to this country about 35 years ago, is stil living in Bridgeport, his declining years will be made happier with a $6,000 legacy.. Robert Meara. or O'Meara Is dead and has left that sum in cash. Attorney John J. Dwyer who has an office at 7 Wall street, New York, Is. searching for the brother who is the sole heir. He has asked Mayor Wilson to locate him if he is in Bridgeport. WEATHER FORECAST Fair tonight and Thursday; warmer Thursday. Moderate variable winds. i PRIEST PERHAPS WAS TORTURED BY MURDERERS Had Received Letter. De manding Big Sum to Be, Left On Lonely Road STATE POLICE WORK ON DOUBLE MURDER New Haven Holds Four Pris oners Upon Suspicion 3 of Complicity New Britain,- Feb. 10---With appar ently little tangible to work on the police : today continued their efforts to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of Rev. Joseph Zebris, pastor of St. Andrew's Lithuanian Roman Catholic church here, and his house keeper, Miss Iva E. Gilmanaitis. The body -of the priest and his house keeper weue found in the rectory yes terday when neighbors investigated the .non-appearance of the clergy man for mass. " The autopsy begun by Dr. Philip D. Bruce of Hartford, last night, un der direction of Coroner J. Gilbert Calhoun, was expected to be resum ed today. n. So far as it has gone it has shown that Father Zebris was shot four times in the body, two bul lets entering over the heart one in the side and one in the back. The housekeeper was strangled , in her room in the attic, apparently after a desperate struggle as indicated by the disorder of the room and her gar ments. ) The police early today found a gold watch in a pocket of one of the coats of the slain priest. A gold filled watch was also found in a cabinet and in another part of the house four, gold chased candlesticks and a valu able crucifix. The finding of these articles the : police think tends to show that while the house was ran sacked the search .was not as thor ough as appearances would indicate and strengthens the story that some other motive than robbery may have prompted the crimes. -' Though it now - appears that the Sunday collection was, banked Mon day,' as usual, the cash in the house may have been large in amount, for Miss Gilson, as the housekeeper, was usually known, often took care of money for- parishioners. "' Against the robbery theory Is set the fact that blackmailing letters had been received by Father Zebris. -In April, 19 13, he received a demand for $11,000, from "anarchists", as the writers of the letter called them selves. The priest ridiculed ,the let ter from ; his pulpit, but reported it to the police. ' , Whether there was , a renewal of this demand cannot be said, now that the priest ' is dead. But It is" cert tain that within the last week Father Zebris, who was Sonly fifty-two and robust, told parishioners that if "any thing happened" he hoped the under taker who does most of the work in St. Andrew's parish would -have charge of his funeral. v .. . The coldness of , a'schoolroom caus .ed the discovery of the murder. Fath er Zebris went every morning to the parochial school, directly behind the rectory. Miss Gllman had charge of its fires. ; . , - This morning the building was so cold that Miss Anne Gulauskas, - a teacher, iwent to the rectory to see why. All the doors - were b locked. Through an unfastened window she sent a pupil. Jle let her in: In the -parlor at the front of the house she found - the body of the priest. . Miss Gulauskas . opened the front door and shrieked for help. Mrs. Frederick Oschnetder, who lives next door, answered her. summons. , : ' Patrolman Herbert Lyons ;arrived next. After Informing Headquarters he searched the house, and found' Miss 'Oilman's body. 1 ' Father Zebris lay - on his back, with his feet .-almost on the thres hold to the hall.,, - His 'arms were outstretched and his hands clenched. Miss Oilman lay in an almost simi lar position in the attic. She had locked herself In but , the door had been forced witft. an icepick. A bullet had seared her right, forearm but Strangulation had caused death. Just beneath the jaws a strand of twine had been twisted close. Be neath were two pieces of clothesline, cut from -a rafter of the attic. i The police think the murderer was admitted to the house by Miss Gil- man, as she would admit any caller. After summoning the priest, she, went back to the rear of the house. Father Zebris met his visitor at the door of the parlor. He was . about ,.to close the church, for over his red house shoes he had drawn a-pair of rub bers, and on a chair by the door was his overcoat. At the sound of the shots Miss Gil man, it is supposed, came from the rear and, seeing what had taken place, fled upstairs. Most puzzling is the fact that no neighbor heard any noise. The Schneider house is less than twenty feet from the rectory, and- all about the church, houses stand close to gether. Most of the families were awake until nearly midnight. Apparently the murderer went through the school yard to Dwight street. After this he might have made his way back to Stanley street. where he could have caught a street car to Hartford. '- Father Zebris really organized St. Andrews- xne congregation occu pies a handsome church that cost $100,000. It was dedicated in 1911, The rectory is an eight-room frame house. Dissension attended a change in parish administration-after the new church was built. Until that time a committee had been in charge of affairs but Father Zebris appointed three trustees. However, these men said today that in the last year things had mooved with the utmost smooth ness. - The letter sent to Father Zebris Continued- on Page 2. Summary OF THE War News A battle wh'ch the Russian war office described as without precedent in history has occur red in Galicia in the course of the campaign for the mastery of the mountain- region which screens northern Hungary from Russia. In a single day 'the German troops charged 22 times on a Russian position. They . made their- charges .up. a. hill in the face of artillery fire. Twice they gained possession of the heights but according to the Rus- s, sian statement they were finally driven out with bayonets.. The , losses are described as "exces sively heavy." There is no ' infor mation on this . phase of the sit uation from German or Austrian sources. , . i In the recent attack of the Germans on the Warsaw front the Russian statement says, their losses amounted to "tens of thou sands." : The battle of the Carpathians, which is to decide whether the Russians will be able to force a way over , the mountains and in vade Hungary or will be driven back to the northward apparent ly is as far from a decision as at any time since the .Austrians, with their reinforcements of . ' Germans, launched the attack. Each of the opposing .armies has won its s minor victories but neither has been able to gain' sufficient headway to place the other definitely ,, on the defensive.- The correspondent of a Berlin newspaper states that no speedy ; successes must . be ex pected as, movements .are slow on account of the heavy snow in which the operations are being carried out and the .most that can be looked for by Germany is the forcing back of the Russians step by step. 4 Although' the Russian forces along the Warsaw front have un dertaken an attack they appar ently have been no more suc cessful than were the Germans in their last onslaught, v y So far as has been reported, there is no important shifting of positions.. In y northern Poland another battle is under way with the issue still undecided. . . , The Russian Duma adopted a . resolution . expressing the . pur pose" of carrying on the war un til the peace of Europe was as sured on terms - satisfactory to ' Russia. - .-..'.- i - It is reported from Geneva that another Zeppelin ' has been lost. ' It is ; said to have been., wrecked in a storm during a flight over the North Sea."! , Another instance of the use' of the American flag by a British steamer was reportedtoday by ' passengers on the. Cunarder Or duna when it arrived at New York 'from Liverpool. : The Or duna is said to 'have flown the American flag' for nearly .24 hours while crossing the Irish "Sea. - Official VIEWS OF World's War GERMAN Berlin, 'Feb. 10 Army headquart ers Issued the following statement to day: ' ' . ' "With the exception of minor suc cesses for our troops in the Argonne and on the west slope of the "Vosges, near Ban-De-Sapt and in the Hirzbach wood there is nothing to report from the western theatre of war; "Isolated fighting on, the eastern Prussian frontier developed 'at some points , into greater engagements which are progressing normally. "In Poland, on the . right, and. left bands-, of the "Vistula the situation is unchanged." ' , " " FRENCH Paris, Feb. 10 The French report on the progress of the fighting given out in Paris this afternoon, read's as follows: "The day of February 9 virtually saw only artillery engagements along the front. At some places along the. fron tthis fighting was fairly spirited, particularly on the Aisne and in Champagne. Only one infantry en gagement and this of little importance has been reported. It occurred in Lorraine, to the northeast of Manon viller, where one of our detachments drove back some outposts of the ene my on to the town of Leintry." ; RUSSIAN Fetrograd, Feb. 10. The general staff of the Russian army has given out an official statement as follows: "The Germans, who gradually had been concentrating in East Prussia with fresh troops began a series of en ergetic reconnoissance and on Feb. 7 opened offensive operations with con siderable forces, in the district be tween Horzele and Johannisburg. They undertook at the same time active op erations on both wings of their front in East . Prussia. In the vicinity of Lasdehnen, to the east of Tilsit. Fol lowing this encounter our cavalry moved forward in the direction of Sier pec, traveling over the road to Rypin. "On the left bank of the Vistula during the day, of Feb. 9, the enemy showed no signs of activity. "Judging from the: corpses aband oned by the Germans in front of our positions, they would appear to have lost, in dead and wounded several tens of thousands of men in the six days' fighting in front of Borjimow, Goumine and Wola Szydlowicka. "In the Carpathians the righting con tinued in the vicinity of Bartfield and Svidnik. The enemy here undertook active operations but they did not thus continue and they finally retired, leav ing prisoners in our hands. In the vicinity of Mount Loupkow we con tinued our purspit of the enemy and Continued on Page 2. Vessel Reaches New York Harbor With Story of Fly ing of Old Glory for Long: Time Protection for American Passengers Is Reason Advanced to In quirers. Balkans Offer Most, Fertile Field for Speculation In. Today's Developments iu the Various War Arenas State Department Gets Gerard's Delayed Memor andum On War Zona Around Great Britain. New York, Feb. 10.- Passengers on the'Cunard line British steamer Or- duna, which arrived here. to-day fronx England, said that the steamer flew the American flag for nearly 24 hours on Jan. 31 while passing through the Irish Sea. The Stars and Stripes, they said, were hoisted on. "Sunday about. an hour after the Orduna left Liver pool and not hauled down until early Monday morning. The Orduna - was scheduled to sail from Liverpool on Saturday, Jan. 3,0, but did not depart until 10:30 o'clocii the next morning. . Passengers heard that the reason for the delay was that a German submarine was hovering in the vicinity. .. 'The American flag was raised, they said, shortly after the Or duna cleared the Mersey. The steam ship touched at Queenstown the same day and was flying the stars and stripes when she entered and left the harbor,, they said. - " . The explanation which, the passen gers said, they received from some' of the Orduna's under-offlcers was that tkie American flag had bsen raised for the purpose of protecting the Axneri can citizens among the 240 passen gers aboard. H. T. Strong, of this city, and James Fordg of Lynn, Mass., were two of the passengers who said they would vouch over their names that the American flag was flown by the ship. They said it was not until she had cleared the Irish Sea that it was hauled down. Captain Thomas M Taylor, com -mander of the Orduna, refused to dis cuss the matter, .saying that he was under orders from the British admi ralty not to talk. The other officer s; also were silent. - Warring Nations Turn ' Eyes to the Balkans London, Feb. 10 The Balkan bat- tlefront completely overshadows the western, fighting line 1 today as the center of interest in the military op erations. The Teutonic allies evi dently,, are making desperate efforts to advance especially in the region of Galicia to the south of.Przmysl and, Lemberg - where' attempts have been, made 'to gain- positions by sheer weight of numbers. The general of fensive movement of the Austro-Ger- man forces along the Carpathian mountains has been successful at the eastern end, of the range where , the Russians are retreating into Buko wina (but London military experts are of the opinioki that the Austrians -must forge ahead a long way in, this direction, before they can hope to af fect the general Russian position. - The vital point is Dukla Pass, where a short advance by the Russians would compel the Austrians 'to, look: anxiously to. their communications. At present the battle in that region, has all the aspects of a draw. - The most sanguinary fighting, according to Russian - reports, took place, in the Carpathian mountains where the Ger mans attempted to cross Tukholka Pass. The Teutons attacked in mass formation - several ranks deep and igained the heights occupied by the Russians only to be 'forced back by desperate counter attacks. 3oth sides must have suffered terrible losses in. this hand-to-hand battle. A German report states that heavy artillery actions .are in progress in the. Carpathians and that an ad vance is . being made on Bukowina where the important town of Wama has been occupied by the Austro-Ger-man forces. Some whispers of a demand for peace commission for the Teutonic al lies in the form of reports of a So cialist speech in .the Prussian . Diet declaring that the people want peace and a petition is said to have been sent to - Baron Burian, the Austro Hungarian minister of foreign affairs, some Hungarian deputies demanding that steps be taken to end the war. The American steamship Wilhei mina, which arrived at Falmouth last night with a cargo of foodstuffs from New Xork for Germany, promises to become as great a mystery ship as the cotton laden steamer Dacia. The Wilhelmina is anchored in Falmouth harbor but nothing is vouchsafed by the British authorities concerning the fater of her cargo. - - CHILD SUCCUMBS AFTER COASTING .INTO RIVEK Baltic,, Conn., Feb. 10. Antoinette Gadue, aged 4, slid with her sled into the Shetucket river here to-day. She was rescued after being carried Sown stream for a short distance but died ooon o itor Vicin rr fa L art frmi- V, n . . .- ter.