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VOL. 51 NO. 35
Prepared By Representative
Stoddardand Offered By
Senator Purcell
Bill to Investigate Brewery
. ' Ownership of Saloons
' (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
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) -
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
Senators Break Down Under
Strains of Record Break- 4
' ing Session c
Kitchin and the President In
Conference at White
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-
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.
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.
Action for Annulment of His
Marriage Fails In Rota
Tribunal"; a
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. .
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. .
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
That Is Grist of Confession
Made By Domestic In
His Home'
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.
Fair tonight and Thursday;
warmer Thursday. Moderate
variable winds. i
Had Received Letter. De
manding Big Sum to Be,
Left On Lonely Road
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
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.
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
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. -
World's War
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." ' , " "
Paris, Feb. 10 The French report
on the progress of the fighting given
out in Paris this afternoon, read's as
"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."
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
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. - -
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
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