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BRIDGEPORT, CONN.,MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1?15 SLOT MACHINES PLAYED IN CITY COURT SESSION Judge Permits Demonstra tion; Profits Used for , Police Fund , FINDS VIOLATION OP STATUTE IN DEVICE Nineteen Prisoners Forfeit Bonds of $10 Test Case - Is Hade of Rawley The state police cases against keepers of slot machines, operated tor gum and giving checks, exchange able for drinks or' othes merchan dise,, were tried rthis morning Jin the r-itv nmirt 'and resulted In the ma chines being played in open court ,r nmoomitnr and 'attorney- Sor the benefit of the Police Sick a ar TifTl - t Declaring that the element of rhuncs involved -was- similar to that in policy playing' and that the 'ma chines caused many men of .families nften to lose their entire pay, J uage Coughlin held that their - effect was bad and that' they , should foe sup acA in this community. He fined ithnrt Bore. saloon-keeper of 102 - Bank street,- a test case, $200 and costs, hut later permitted the - sub stitution of another saloon-keeper in nlae of Borg. .after it had been agreed that the same evidence would x oTiceded. and reducing tne doiiuh - of 19 other prominent . saloon . and hotel keepers from J 5 0 to J 1 0, per mitted them to forfeit to the court. J. J. Eawley, the saloonkeeper who substituted in place of Borg. appealed t-h r-oea which ' will be hotly con tested in the court ofi common pleas. The' cases tried - this morning resulted from the stato police raids in this city of Feb. s 3, when. tne ioa lowing ' places ; were entered and one machine In each confiscated, .tn- pro . T,HotAr In each nlace ibeing1 arrest ed: - - ' " - - ' National CafR. William Nelson, pro prietor, . 6 9 7 , Water street; iamo a JVTcDonousrhs. . 988 East' Main street Atlantic i hotel 687; .Water street, -Fv-dtvHolr Walker's. 699 East Main otrsot- PI ;PietusiemI CBS'S, , 753 East Main street: Orville & Mortorfa, 165 State -street ; Patrick " Crowe's, x 246 State street: Lee Brothers cafe, .278 State street; Albert Berg's, 102 Bank treeti,,' J. W. Connor's, 44 , Bank street; J. J. Stapleton's, 1296 Main; John. Farreirs, " 1S12 Main street; , J. J. Rawleys, 1566 Main- street; Flan agan's, 291 ' Middle street; ' Aaoipn FortunatTs, ,192 Middle street; Thos. - Csrr's place,- Broad . and tat: H; J. Weltner's, 218 Cannon Cannon street; - Fred Schuesslers cafe, 6 Fairfield ayemie; cafe. Fairfield avenue; Exchange Amazon William Trooe'R 1250 Femurose street The case began, this, morning before Judge. Coughlin, Assistant -frosecut. ing Attorney John P. Gray represent ing the state, and Judge l Elmore S. Banks -the defendants. One ma chine, that taken from Berg's sa lncm. was xlaced in evidence. -' It was characterized- as a regular pun ' ing machine in that no distribution of gun was made. ., Bronek Fisaer, of Hartford, employed' by ; the state police - in, securing evidence in this . city, -testified that on' January 1 at noon he had put a (five cent piece Into the 1 machine and got nothing. On a second' nickel he said he got two checks. . Louis Stmoncim, also of Hartford, ,nd likewise employed by the state police. - testified that he , had put -in two nickels and then - bought three checks from the bartender and that he got nothing. - He saw . Fisher play. ' J '',"-.' Rowe Wheeler, state policeman, testified to confiscating the machine which he identified by number in the city court. The police testified that it had not been disturbed and that it with others had been -locked in- a police cell awaiting the trial to day. - ; For the defense. Attorney : Banks claimed . that the machine would de liver goods at all times and showed Continued oti Page Two) Sues Vaudevillian : ' For Money Spent to , Make Wife Actress - Thomas' Ray, a vaudeville sharp Shooter -wl.o gave an imitation of Wil liam Tell by shooting from a lady's head at Poll's the latter half of last week, fell into the Olutches of Deputy Sheriff Wieler just as he was about to go on for the second show Saturday night..- . Mrs. Frank W. Shea of "New Haven, the lady who holds pipes in her mouth and otherwise acted as a human tar- sret, had given notice that she intended to quit and her husband sued Ray for ISO. " Shea claimed he had advanced Ray $80 for which the sharpshooter Swas to teaeh Mrs. -Shea the rudiments' of tne vaudeville business.- v ' ; He took Mrs. Shea as a partner and for three . weeks they 1 elevated tho vaudeville stage, winning much ap plause and considerable money. Dur ing the engagement here a misunder standing arose and Mrs. Shea gave no tice that she would no longer work with Ray. ' . i Her husband wanted the money he had advanced for her instruction hut Ttay refused the demand. Hn declared he had spent almost $80 for Mrs. Shea's costumes and for ammunition used in rehearsing her. . When -Sheriff. Wieler arrived behind the scenes ami attached Ray s stage -equipment the sharp shooter was considerably Sistur.bed Abut he was allowed to go on with his act and later a bond was furnished for the release of his property. The et'it is returnable to the Nsw Haven city court. All the parties live in the Elm City. . WILL PROBE SHIP BILL LOBBYING, BY SENATE ORDER Washington, Seb. " 15 Investi gation of all charges of Influences at work for and against the admin istration ship bill wasordered today toy the Senate. Administration' Democrats and filibustering Republicans unani mously voted for a resolution to look into charges of lobbying toy the socolled shipping trust" and to inquire into negotiations of the ad ministration Officials to buy belli gerent ships. . TAX LIKELY TO BE 19 MILLS, IS PREDICTION Permanent Rate Fixed Feb. 23 Hard Task Awaits Tax Board That the tax rate will be at least 18 mills for 'those who pay in both dis tricts and 11 or 12 mils 'for -those who pay in theFirst district only is. the opinion of several large property own ers and operators in real estate. Their opinions are based on the kiown in crease in valuations made by the as sessor and also . on . the - requisitions which' the- various boards have : filed I - i l- a. 1 3 . n n n I Jt .JZr,7 ?T " Z XZ lJ3? .y?r W"I k" rr". JT. . .... . r . i filed it is. likely that the rate will be more than 19 mills. , : ' Before the board of apportionment makes the permanent rate its : various sub-committees :will have private ses sions and . there will be considerable paring from the appropriations to get the rate below that : of 1913 which was 19.2 in both districts. The permanent rates will be Hxed at meeting on -Feb. 23. John T; King, William B. ' (Seeley, president of the board of apportionment, and J. Alex H. BobiEfJon,- city clerk and chairman Of the Republican towns committee, were In oonsultLtion today over . th tax--rate -but they would not disclose what they discussed. GDLDEil HILL ST. APARTMEHT HOUSE It- was reported ,' today that, the Crest apartment house at 2i03 Golden Hill street .owned by Architect Fred erick A. .Cooper, has been sold.to Charles Williams, formerly steward of-, tha - Trtv.A maw wwa.v.w4a tor will transform pie apartment uuwm iiiLw a. iu(mtu"ii notei. -; i ' Williams has been, identified with! the hotel ibusiaess for a long timet and is well Qualified to conduct a noBieiry. -, . , xae ueiieves . tne location is , ideal for a , hotel as it is in- f.rtn center of the city and at the same time is situated In -a ouiet street. The Crest was orieinallv in tm 1 (S ' a. ihahelra. n.nortmont - km ibut latelv some . of its nnortmArsta huTA beeiiT rented 'for lie-Jit hnnao. keeping . . y : -- ... The Tnimlinn nrlr. t m.m to. v bftr. , S20.000 ' . althonrt in-ww Cooper could not -be located today to. confirm' this fact.- ..;'.. , WIFE ILL,HE STOLE TO TtAISE MONEY TO REACH HER BEDSD3E Orland .D.. Davis, thirty years old of 130 West 104th street. New York, told Judge Coughlin in police '- court today that he stole a ' camera from order,' to .raise money to get to New Tork where his- wife; is in delicate health. Davis tried to sell the cam era at " a- drug store and the' police were called. ..His case was continued i ., n v. Names ' Legislative Committee After the IeS"islation IS T.Ta ( ubiaiuiuuu JJ3 inouc Mayor Wilson : today named Alder men Whitney, Blakeslee, Cole and Walker as a committee -on legislative matters anad - , charter amendments that are to come before: the general assembly. His appointments , at this late date were severely criticised by some officials in the city hall today because already one important char ter amendment, that of dividing the city into two tax districts, has pass ed both branches of the general as sembly after a hearing before . the committee on cities and , boroughs. Other important. - charter changes have been discussed by legislators and are ready for committee reports. WESTPORT HOTEL MAN IN COURT AFTER HIS AUTO RUNS DOWN 'MAN J. M.-Levy, proprietor of the Con-ipo Inn at Westport appeared in the city court this morning to stand trial ior having struck Andrew Tomasky, aged 36, living at 106 Garden street,', as the latter stepped- in iront or Levy s car at the corner of State street and Fair-, field avenue last Saturday nignt. Tomasky, who was sent to the .Bridgeport hospital with lacerations of the scalp, shock and possible inter nal injuries is reported to-day as rest ing comfortably and on the road to re- UDon Ills own recosniKance. GOL N.H. HEFT IN AUTO SV1ASH IN iyiAISTREr Railroad Man's Limousine Damaged In Collision With' Leo C. McElroy v DAMP PAVEMENT TO BLAME FOR MISHAP "Both. Motorists Go to Police Headquarters--; Court - to Fix Damages? , Col. N. H. Heft, retired railroad man, and pioneer- in the scheme or electrifying steam railroads, figured in a sensational automobile collision at wall and Main streets, this forenoon. In which Col. Heft and his chauffeur, and Leo C. McElroy of the Elm Auto Co., and Burr M. Coley. a hat mer chant, the two latter- occupying , an- Col. Heft and McElroy, th latter driving a five passenger Studebaker of the Elm Auto Co. went to police headquarters to lodge charges against one another. After, discussing the mishap before-Captain John H. Regan ,o, t- drnn at headquarters they decided to- drop the criminal phase of the mishap and to look to the courts to fix the respon sibility for the damage. ,' . - McElroy was-driving north in Main Btreet when Hol. Heft's larere Marmon limousine appeared: in jihat thorough- . j I A. 1 T 11 , ,-UI"1"i4 ' I., Jir; r ZZ Bt0" thOUt he ,5 'ff "-c u , many peaestrians awmiou. mo viosu, i tne lert siae 01 tne neti. cur wm uu- ly marred and, bent. 11 steering gear too, was damaged. - - The Studebaker car, though light er and smaller thanithe Marmon. -escaped unscathed. McElroy was able to proceed to police headquarters witn a patrolman. Jieifs car i was - so badly damaged that it was unable to ! move under its own power.- ., j. . Coh Heft was in charge of the elec trical department, of the -New Haven road several, years. He was Instru mental in effecting the change of the old horse car 'system of Bridgeport into an electric road-. - He resides at 695 Park avenue.' ' McElroy' Is "see. iretary of the Elm Auto Co- VJlLLIfti.lS HIRES L-fi it 1 1-11 I U I iwll I MURDER CHARGE Bridgeport Man ACCUSed'Ol -- - : Cage's Death Confers . " With. C. H. ShapirO Isaac N. Williams of this city, who is held in the Litchfield county Jail on the' charge ofr murdering County Com missioner Hubert Case m Barkham- stead last month; has retained Attor neys Shapiro & Shapiro to defend him. Attorney Charles Shapiro if that firm spent yesterday afternoon in corrfer ence with Williams at the Litchfield county jail. The accused maintains his innocence Attorney . Shapiro, when seen' today. admitted that he had been retained. From what I learned in my talk with Williams yesterday," he said, "the ev idence against Williams is purely cir light for his frdom cumstantial. We ' will ' make a , hard Williams' trial is assigned for the April term of th Litchfield county criminal superior court. It .will take at least two weesk and Attorney Shap iro is anxious to have it finished' with in' that time as he plans to start on a l" It has been learned that Williams was studying to become a railroad brakeman at the time Case was mur dered. Mrs. Williams is employed in vvesi sLfaxi aroro ami mo wjcura aura The murder of County 'Commissioner Case created one of the biggest sen sations in -the criminal annals of the state. It was found that the dead man had been struck down by a crow- bax- Williams was captured in Pough- - - . WHAmrm rrnm that city and from Wlnsted will be intro duced by Williams, Attorney Shapiro (stated Gill Expected Here Ta Begin New Duties Former Tax Assessor Lawrence J. Gill who has been employed in the department of Commerce at Wash ington, D. C, is expected to return to Bridgeport tomorrow or Wednes day. Mr. Gill will have headquarters I ln the Federal building and will eon- duct the manufacturers census which is to be taken in Fairfield county. Mayor Will Open Auto Show At Armory Mayor. Wirson will officially open the Automobile show . at the armory tonight at 8 o'clock. He will be ac companied by Mrs. Wilson and Judge and Mrs. Henry C. Stevenson. After ward the mayor and his party will at tend the annual ' . ball of Bridgeport chapter, Knights of Columbus., WEATHER FORECAST Rain tonight; Tuesday cloudy and COOler: Stroiiq South ' I WII1GS. AGED WOMAN'S PLEA FOR DOPE FIEND IS VAIN Bent and Gray, Mother Tearfully Begs City Court Judge to Be Lenient. ALLEGED PURVEYOR OF DRUGS SENTENCED Prisoners " Claim to Have Bought Big Stock in An ticipation of Shortage. With tears' streaming down her kind ly old face, Mrs. Mary Dowd, of New Haven,, told Judge Wilder, in i Jolice court today, that jails and . sanita riums couldn't break her boy, Iehnis, of the habitual use of cocaine. Den nis; who is ' thirty, was arrested yes terday with James Devine, alias "Jim my the Barber," also of New Haven. for violation of the state law relative to narcotics. Eiach had several hun dred grains of , cocaine in his posses """ J' ". and Dooley. Mrs. Dowd is silver-haired and close to sixty years of age. , Her plea to Judge Coughlin was most pitiful.. She . 1 ,, , . 1 , t.-w. n ,, tne drusr habit, and she tearfuUy toeg- ged for leniency in his behalf. i Dowd himself was also placed on the j stand. K confessed, to being a drug fiend; said he had been arrested before for violation of jthe state law on nar cotics. 'I had to get the stuff," he-cried as he burst into tears. "The federal law Marh lsoI edTtock upf ? bought 350 grains -of the dope and had Jt Vriti, wne t waa arrested.- ; ,.T,- "I've been Jailed and sent to sanitar- I Hums, but I can't be cured of the I must have the stuff." Judge Coughlin thought1 he would give the Jail cure a final trial and sen tenced Dowd to six months in "the county JaiL , Dowd and his mother I wept ibitterly , when sentence was passed. : ' "Jimmy, the Barber," got off a bit luckier. It wis his first offense and ne drew a aentence of tnree months in Jail. " He said he, too,, was stocking up against" the federal? law. and admitted having a vast supply of cocaine on his person when he was arrested. .Prosecutor DeLarrey' asked "Jimmy" .if h was'an agent for "dope- and Jimmy" denied this. - "How comes-it, then, that you had a letter in your pocket from" a New Ha-" van woman, asking for-her supply of the -drug?" the prosecutor asked. ' 'Jimmy.' said - he could - never figure out -why the woman, wrote him in such a vein, -because he ,"he didn't even know her." r V ' He said he got . the drug from a man named Cox residing-in New . Haven. I H-has a wife, and three children re- I elding in the Elm City. ' . The charge .of breach of the peace against F. E. Squires, 27, of New Lon don, who -was arrested in connection with, the "dope" raid, was soiled. - ,-- REPUBLICANS IN SENATE WILL KEEP UP FIGHT I House Will Pass Bill To morrow, But Senate Op position Remains Washin gton, Feb. 1 5 The fight to break up . the . Republican filibuster- in the Senate against the administration ship purchase bill was continued to day. The Democratic leaders were determined, when the. Senate met to vigorously press for an amendment to the rules which would limit debate. Success in this, however, which is in accordance with the . party caucus agreement, appeared doubtful inas much as Democratic Senators are far from being, unanimous on- the pro posal. . - - - In the meantime, on the House side. the Democratic leaders are complet ing arrangements for a caucus. The plan - is to pass the bill as amended I tomorrow "under a special rule limit- ing debate to six hours Passage of .the bill virtually is as sured. Regardless of the House ac tion. Republican Senators say they will keep up their fight against the shipping bill indefinitely. LIGHTED CIGAR CAUSES DANGEROUS FIREJN CAPITAL Blazing Gasoline From Oil Truck In Collision Runs v . Into Cellars Hartford, Feb. 15. Following, the collision of . an oil tank motor truck and an - electric truck on Pleasant street mil to-aay somebody threw a lighted cigar -into the stream of gaso line Sowing down the -gutter and start ed a conflagration that did much dam. age and presented a dangerous situa tion for a time. . . Flames leaped 20 to 30 feet into tne air ana . paint , on v houses was scorched, and windows . broken for hundreds of yards and in some cases the .fiery stream found its way into cellars. . '-. . . : The police -are looking for the man who started the blaze with his cigar, The Italian government appropriat ed $34,000,000 for military expenses.. USES! ACTO ; SUM11ARY OF TODAY'S WAR NEWS The German government, in a note presented to-day to. the state department at . Washington, an nounced its willingness to con sider receding from its intention of attacking British merchantmen provided Great Britain would de- ' sist from efforts to prevent food- : stuffs from reaching the civil pop ulation of Germany. The Ger man plan, this note sets forth, is " in retaliation for what is termed Great Britain's violation of inter- -national law by attempting to cut off food; supplies of non-combat- ants. , ' David Lloyd-George, British . , chancellor of the exchequer, esti mated the cost of war to the al lies at $10,000,000,000. He said Great Britain . could, finance-the war for five years out of the pro-( , ceeds of 4 her investments abroad. German troops are advancing rapidly everywhere in East Prua- sia;' the Berlin war office says in , its' statement to-day. In north ern Poland ' also considerable ' gains .are reported. Petrograd military, . commentatories y assert that Russia will gain an advan- tage by falling back to her .own territory by depriving Germany of the use, of the railroads which she", employed effectively in ' trans porting troops along the frnt - 'When the fighting wason German ' soil. '-- ' '. " -.. .-i. - " i In French' Lorraine the Ger ' mans achieved a local victory, oCt cupying positions which the allies' were able to recover only in part by a - counter-attack. , Trench warfare - continues with varying degrees of -intensity elsewhere OFFICIAL REPORTS ON TEE WAR I FUEITCH Paris, Feb 15 The French war of fice this afternoon gave out a re port' on the progress of the war which reads as follows: 'In Belgium yesterday (the German bombardment or our trenches was uninterrupted.:; -( From the dunes heavy, artillery, inflictfed damage on the enemy. - We occupied' for a dis?- tenee of about 250 yards a German trench' along the roadway from Be- thune to La Bassee. 'Yesterday there were very, spirit ed artillery exchanges in the vicinity of Lens around Albrt, between the Avre and the Oise. in the suhurbs of Soissons at Verneuil,' northeast of Vailly. In the Argonne, in the di rection of Bagatilla ' and Maria The re se the fighting goes on with, energy from trench , to trench tout there have ibeeh no movements of infan try. ; ''.'" ' " -'' " ''v' v "Between the Argonne and" the Meuse an attempt at attack 'by ' the German forces at a point between the -village, of Malancourt and tne forest of the same name was prompt ly repulsed.; , "In the - vosges, tne offensive movement which began along the two banks of the river Lauch was not pursued on the south bank. The enemy bomharded our positions on the -north bank of this stream. The Germans are being held in check by us in -front of our advanced line at Laneenfeldkopf. In the forest of Rempach. French troops on skiis have executed a very brilliant coun TEN BILLION COST OF WAR TO ALLIES London, Feb. 15 In a statement explanatory of the arrangement made at the recent conference between the 1 finance ministers of France and Bus- sia and himself in Paris, David Lloyd George told the House of Commons this" afternoon that . the expenditures of the allies on, the war would be two billion pounds sterling (-10,000,000,- 000 of which Great Britain was spend ing more money than Were her two allies. The present war, Mr. Lloyd George said, was the most expensive in material,, men and money that ' had ever been waged. Great Britain, the chancellor of the exchequer told the House of Com mons, , could finance the war for five years out of the proceeds of her in vestments abroad. France was able to do so for about two or three years with sometmng to spare. Russia, he said, although .prodigiously rich in natural resources, was in a different position. Mr. Lloyd George said it was decid ed at the conference of the finance ministers in Paris not to issue a joint loan. . Flooded Rivers Pound Walls of St. Peter's Rome, Feb. 15 The flood waters in the streets around St. Peter's have risen to a height of four feet and eleven inches. Several walls have collapsed but without, serious conse- qtience. along the front and both French and German war offices in to day's communications, - claim, small victories. '-'' After a long period of inactiv ity in the fighting hetween Aus tria and" Montenegro has been resumed. An Austrian fleet h&s bombarded the Montenegrin port of Antivari, and Austrian aero- -planes attacked ' with machine guns the palace in which were King Nicholse and other mem bers of the Montenegrin royal family. '" . ' Of the great struggle in Poland, . Galicia and Bukowina, there is " little new information. A de- - oisive' 'battle in; northern Poland is looked for whea the retreat- ' ing Russians ' reach positions on which "tley decide to make their stand. - In Bukowina another important contest is in progress. The -.long-drawn struggle- in ' the Carpathians shows no sign of approaching an ' endv' - Both the Austrian and the Russian war offices claim victories along , this front. German newspapers continue to comment on the American notes, some of them taking tha stand that this country's repre sentations to Great' Britain are. less vigorous than those to Ger many. It is asserted that the fault is England's. " , A Rome newspaper states that Prince Von Buelow, German, am bassador to Italy, . will , shortly, make proposals for 'the' interven tion of Italy in the war on the . side of Germany in return f or territorial" concessions. . : ter-attack against the German posi tions on the sides of the mountain at this poinO--""Yesterday afternoon a heavy snowstorm blew t over this lo cality. . GERMAN Berlin, v Feb. 15 By wireless to Sayville, N..; Y. -The- war office issued the following statement today: "South of Ypres, near St. Eloy, the Germans took about 900 - metres of the enemy's positions. Counter-at tacks were Without success. "Equally unsuccessful was the ene my's attack, in the district southwest of La 15fessee. - Several dozens of prisoners were taken. by the Ger mans. .'; .-'.'-.-'"'. . VAn ' advanced trench which the Germans lost on Feb. 2 near Sudel kopf was taken" 'back.-: The Germans drove the enemy out of Senzern," in the Lauch, valley '(Alsace). Rempach was evacuated by the enemy. "North of Tilsit (East Prussia) the enemy was driven out of Piktuponen and pushed in tho direction of Tau roggen. On both sides of the fron tier, in the eastern lake district, en gagements are in progress with ; the retreating enemy. German troops are advancing rapidly everywhere. "German detachments ' marched on the Kolno district" against the enemy advancing "beyond Lomza. "In the Vistu1 district the Ger mans gained further ground and oc cupied . Raciowz. In previous ; en gagements besides a number of pris oners six guns were taken. , WAR BULLBTTNS. Cettlnje,! Feb. 15 The Austrian fleet on Sunday morning made a sor tie from the Gulf of Cattaro and be gan -the bombardment ' of the port of Antivari, Montenegro. . Petrograd, Feb. 15 'Emperor Nich olas today returned to Tsarskoe-Selo from - a visit to tne itussian army headquarters at the front. . London, Feb. 15 The issue of 10 million pounds sterling ($60,000,000) of Russian treasury bills has so at tracted 'bankers and insurance houses and the applications having been so large, - that the lists were , closed ' at noon today Instead of being kept open until next Tuesday, as' was the or iginal intention. ,' ' Cettlnje, Feb. 15 The members of the royal family of Montenegro were subjected yesterday in their residence at Rieka to machine gun fire from two Austrian aeroplanes. Rieka is a village -near Lake Sutari, .where the royal family passes tne winter. K-ing Nicholas, the Queen - and Princess watched the aerial raiders from their palace windows. Several of the bul lets fired from the aeroplanes fell near them. London, Feb. 16 -In a statement to the- House of Commons today, Winston Spencer Churchill, first Lord of tho Admiralty, intimated that fur ther action would toe taken by the allies to prevent the importation of foodstuffs in neutral ships to Ger many. . .' . . . Washington, Feb. 15. Russia will not give pilotage for cotton ships through' the bine fields at Libau, Ri val or Riga, according to a cablegram from Ambassador Marye at PetrogradJ The only practical way for - cotton shipments to Russia, " the American minister reported, appears to be eith er via Vladivostok or Norwegian ports and overland. Governor George A. Carlson' of Col orado, Is seriously ill at his home from pneumonia. ' L3 lI MM j J j L -bl Li V-J Ambassador Von Bernstorff Tells State Department of ' r His Country's Attitude On Protest From America Awaits Word As to Great Britain's Future Plans. Free Passage for All Food stuffs Wanted By Ger many If Submarine Block ade Is to Be liaised Heavy Fighting In East ern and Western War Areas Grips Europe. Washington, ' Feb. 15 Count Von Bernstorff, ' the German ambassador -today presented to the state department a; note from his government announc ing that Germany stands ready to consider receding from its announced intention of attack ing British merchantmen if Great Britain will" withdraw its efforts to prevent foodstuffs from going to Germany for the civilian population. 4 V " -' Not-Retaliatory Measure The note " declares thatt, Germany's plan, to attack British merchantmen was a retaliatory measure adopted because of th alleged violation of th international law by Great Bri tain in trying to starve the non-com batant- population of Germany, and that the latter government is ready to withdraw from its purpose" as ex pressed in the nival war K jiie decree, as far as it appl'jsd to 'merchant ves- - sels, as soon as- Great Britain, either of its own volition or as a resuit of representations from the' neutrals, ex presses a willingness to return to tho usual practices of international law on the question of foodstuffs. The German note adds that the Berlin government has information that English merchant vessels are be ing armed and have orders to sail in groups for protection anad further that they would try to sink subma rines.- It declares there was now no question of searching them but the result would be that the German ships would fight them because they are held to be warships. Warning to Neutrals' I The note declares further that Great Britain, according to the in formation of Germany, intended to use neutral flags and that, therefore, neutral shipping would be in danger in . the war aone. ,- It was urged, therefore, that neutral shipping ob serve the request of Germany and go around the north of Scotland, in the course which had been declared outside of the war zone; It was stated that the note, re ceived by the ambassador today from , his foreign office -aftd promptly car ried by him personally to the stste department, was not a reply to tho recent American note to Germany in. regard 1 the war zone decree. A. more comprehensive and detailed re ply to that communication is expect- ' ed soon although it was not known of ficially here when it might be look ed for. . . ' - Todays note from Germany, it waa pointed out, constitutes a sort of in termediary reply, possibly presented to this: government because of the fact that the date when the war zone de cree dgpes into effect, Feb. 18, is so close at hand. BRITISH SHU, BOUND- , Jj'JttciiH. u. s, airs jii.m-.. London, Feb. -15 -The : British., steamer Wavelet, 1,918 tons. Captain Cole, Pensacola,' Fla., Jan. 15, via Newport News, Jan. 23, f or - Leith, Scotland, encountered a mine in the British Channel and was badly damaged..;-: The skipper, by prompt ac tion, succeeded in beaching his steamer near Deal. A small boat from the Wavelet carrying the. first officer and a num--ber" of the crew left the ship when it, appeared as if she would founder. The -boat was capsized in the heavy seas and all - the men in it wera drowned. . . DIPLOMATIC NOTES . TrfcTTT ATT T TJT fT t i.XvJ LA J- Jlula LiUIN SJ Jx "i London, Feb. 15,-VThe threatened submarine blockade of ports of the British Isles is still an absorbing topic of discussion for English newspapers and the English people and, judging from despatches reaching here from the continent, Germany is equally in terested. The fact that James W. Gerard, th American ambassador, has been re quested . to meet Emperor William at once in the eastern battle front is tak en to mean in London that Berlin probably will maka- a prompt reply to the American note to Germany. Ger man comment on the situation which has arisen since Germany declared a war zone around the British Isles in sists that Washington should prevent the use of the American flag- by Great Britain and a strict observation of the declaration of London as the- hps- ffiiflranfftft fnr the' safptv r.f A .i;.- shipping. At the same time, the Germtirs Continued on Par?, 2.