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3r '-s yf khW -- - Tl IH1 0 Farmer .iiweini VOL. 51 NO. 44 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., SATURDAY, FEB. 20, 1915 PRICE TYO CHITT3 I li Ml i ' A M wu) it1 (sjnr' m)Mi uo)iii. "fir" 'TpTpr rrti MTTTDRI - i s TTTTTTIT TTIAT MUM 11 I V I li1 vikiNi L h) . i 5 1 -v, e i t hwstMWbtm pin will nrr TIIEIVES MAKE BIG HAULS II Um STREET Hawley Hardware Co. Esti . mates Its Loss at From $40G to $5CO DENTAL PARLORS ALSO BURGLARIZED Five Patrolmen On Duty Near "Scene .Questioned at Headquarters ' u The Ha,wley Hardware company store, 1120 Main "street, between Fair field avenue and Elm street was burglarized over night fdr the second time wjthin six months, thieves tak ing' .between $500 and $S00 invaluable machine tools and high speed twist drills.".".' - ,v . '; . This bold attack upon a Main street store has disclosed another and even more mysterious burglary in the same building which .resulted , in - the esti mated loss of about $200 to Ttr. Ed ward J. Leonard of the Naturo Den tists, 112 Main street. The Hawley Hardware store 'wan probably entered sometime during.! yesterday afternoon or evening by, a burglar who bid himself in the 'store and, after all the clerics , had gone home operated at will, - The place has been carefully locked and barred since the previous attempt last September or. October when-about $60 worth of firearms was stolen. 1 -'.'- The ' thief, working behind a desk, ' in he office first emptie a quantiV v. of valuable papers from a russet leather grip - belonging to Joseph EC. Stagg, "president-and -treasurer of the Hawley : Hardware company: He fill ed his "bag -with compasses and micrometers and "6 few twist drills. On the second floor front, which cor responds to the third floor-in the rear, footsteps ..down an unused and dust covered staircase show that he walked down o the second floor of the build ing at 1124 Main street,, which houses the Ailing Rubber company's office on , the. street floor and the Eastern Mil linery company and the Naturo Den- tists on the second floor. ' Unlocking the door from the inside by -means of a turn bolt he walked out upon the street as if he had come from any one of the offices in the building. . - The office and -store were closed at six o'clock last evening" and dis- - covery was not made until the placet was opened today. The presence on , the floor of a quantity of papers be longing to ' President ,Stagg first at tracted attention to the robbery which, "was quickly followed by notification of the loss of stock. So. well have the hardware people control of their stock than an inventory was mads for the police within three hours. This robbery, today caused five po licemen on duty in the vicinity last night to be called to account by Su perintendent Birmingham today. The men are Bennedetti, A. Coughlin, J. . P.: Coughlin, "K Griffin and B. Glen- non These men all aver that no sus picious person was seen in the dis trict during their hours of wach. A pecial policeman, Peabody, employed by the Hardware company to watch the premises, saw nothing suspicious. It was learned .today that another robbery in the building was committed about a week ago which relieved Dr. Leonard of the Naturo Dentists from s about $200,. Though the police have been working on the case no informa tion is available today and Dr. Leon ard refused to state today to reporters where, and when" it occurred. . . The . reticence of all concerned is taken as an indication today that the police are working upon 'Clues that may have. a , - significant bearing upon ;the present case, c This however is denied by Dr. Leonard. "- '.-. , Work by the police , on the robbery . of Silliman & Godfrey's safe at 1119 Broad street, ; which has v been kept . under cover . since . Wednesday last, 1 tends to reveal that the robbery was eitheij done by someone closely con nected with the business or - through carelessness in leaving the safe open permitted a key worker to abstract ; $70 in cash and about "-$600 in checks ' for deposit from the vaults. . The detectives : have found that while a cashier expected . the safe " would be locked by Mr. Silliman, and that head Of the company at first stated that it was locked by him be fore the office was closed, there is a possibility today that Kthe safe was not locked. The uncertainty makes it extremely difficult for detectives to solve the mystery. ( NO CANDIDATES APPEAR FOB FEDERAL EXAMS - No one appeared to take the sched uled civil service examinations for stenographer-typewriter . and ' for fourth class postmaster, which were to. have been held at the city hall this ' tnorning. The local board "of exam- iners consists of William Paul,- Wal lace A. Smith, J. C. Gormley and Ed 'Fagaas, 'Sr. - :'. IXDTIT Federal Prisoners, Unguarded, ; Return - after Seeing Show Leavenworth, Feb. 20 Fifty-five unguarded prisoners from the fed eral prisoii at . Fort Leavenworth came into townjn an electric car last night, formed in- line headed by a hand, marched to a theatre where they gate s minstrel per formance and returned' to the pris on with not a man missing. The party was accompanied only by the .prison chaplain under whose direction . the - performance was given. The prisoner minstrels played to a capacity house and the proceeds of the affair will go to the American Bed Cross. ; MURPHY.-IN - FULL CHARGE OF HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING Former Commissioner, Not Satisfied With. Work, Orders Changes "In order that the new high school may 4e completed by July SI, 1&16, we have decided to 'make a change tn the superintendent of construction on the building," said Richard H. Murphy to day ."William Sh&ughnessy, of Der by, formerly with the Eastern Con struction Co., Is t to replace, Henry Haas, - who., has been - teuperintendent for Durkin, & Laas." , ' Mr. Murphy is manager of the Frank Miller Lumber Co. and was. formerly- a member of the' board of education. A- though. Durkin & Laas have the con tract for the building of the school.,, all , payments since December 6 have been made to Mr. Murphy and only today Assistant City Clerk Frank Braith waite drew, a check for $51,000 in Mr. Murphy's favor, the largest check drawn for construction' work since the building was begun. Why- a change was made . in the matter of . payments Mr. Murphy would not say today. -. . "It is ' not necessary to explain, at this time, was hie answer when ques tioned regarding the matter, i -Early in December . it appears that Durkin & Laas assigned all payments on the high school to Mr. Murphy. ' It will be recalled that soon after work on the new school was begtfh, all the sub contractors brought suits, to recover money due from 'the, genera? contrac tors and attachments were laid against the payments due from the city.' : "Whether the assignments of -future payments was made to Mr. -Murphy in order to protect Durkin" & Laas against the inconvenience caused by these at tachments " or whether the Frank Mil ler Lumber Co. has taken over the high school for completion, could not be learned today. Mr. Murphy denied that the Miller Lumber Co. had any- thing . to do with the assignment to him .of payments on the high school contract..- He said the work was not progress ing as well as itrOUgbJt and that after a conference between members of the board of education; the architect, James G. Rogers, of New York: Dr. Charles W, Deane, superintendent of schools; and the contractors, Durkin & Laas, it had been decided that the work was not progressing rapidly enough under the present management and a change in management was nec essary. , - :: , . Mr. Murphy, admitted that he was handling the finances ill connection with the high schopl and that he re ceived 11 payments from the city and paid all the bills which were presented against the contractors. Mr. Murphy was not a member of the school board when the contract for the high school was made. He is now in absolute charge of the school building. ' ... ' MRS. ANGLE'S TRIAL FOR MANSLAUGHTER AGAIN JSHELD UP Cases of Alleged Qhicken Thieves Hang Fire In , Superior Court There will , be another delay in the trial of Mrs. Helen M. Angle, which was scheduled to begin next Tuesday in the criminal superior court. . ; . : The cases -of Kenneth Searles, the 14-year-old Stamford boy, and his mother,' who are charged with chick en theft, have not yet been finished. Their trial, which has been engaging the attention Of Judge Williams and a jury, has been continued until Tues day afternoon at 2.v ; Mrs. Angle is charged with man slaughter in connection with the death of Waldo R. Ballou, a wealthy Stamford resident. Reports from Stamford say Mrs. Angle is feeling better and will not plead ill health as a further excuse for delay. . STATE DEPT. HAS OFFICIAL TEXTS OF TWO REPLIES German and British Notes Are Under Consideration By U. S. Diplomats VON BERNSTORFF SEES SECRETARY BRYAN Spends Long Time With Of ficials Discussing His . Country's Reply 4 Washington, Feb. .20 The official text of Germany's reply to the Amer ican note on the naval war zone and Great Sri tain's reply to" the1 Ameri can notes on the use of the Ameri can flag and the, Wilhelmina case, all arrived today at the stata depart ment. ' ".:.".-''. ' The German reply, delivered 'by the Berlin foreign ' office three days ago to American ' Ambassador Gerard was at once converted into the diplomatio code and sent to the White . House to 'be- laid (before the President who, however, . had already been Inform ed of its contents by Mr. Gerard and the unofficial text published two days ago. - ' . , . . -With the official text at hand the President and his. advisers will be gin formal consideration of Ger-; many's reply to the warning of - the United States ae-ainst . destruction of ships in the naval warion.. Gener ally the tone of the Genman- note has been regarded as friendly. . '-. Great Britain's reply to the ..repre sentations on the use of the' Ameri can flag- bears - upon the American view of the German reply and the next step in the negotiations with Great Britain is awaited. . . .. . . Count Von Bernstorff, the German ambassador, conferred at the .state de partment with Secretary Bryan and Counsellor Lansing. 1 While neither the ambassador or the American .of ficials indicated the exact subject -of their, talk, the ambassador said he de sired' to : emphasize the view Qf his government that Germany was not to blame for the present situation around the British Isles causing difficulty to neutral -shipping. , He reiterated -his contention that Great 'Britain was re sponsible. . It was said the' American ambassador - presented no new communications.-? jf'. MRS. B OOLONG ASICS ALIMONY . WITH DIVORCE Papers Served On Manufac- turer By His Former Stenographer . s Assistant Manager Herbert Budlong of the American Graphophone Co., whose 'visit on February 10 - to the home of Mrs. Mabel 'Clouse was rude ly interrupted by private ' detectives, has been served with papers in di vorce proceedings brought by May Budlong. ' - She charges - intolerable cruelty and infidelity with ''Jane Doe." Mrs. Budlong also asks for alimony. Although papers were -.- served on Budlong by Deputy .Sheriff -Abriola the suit has not yet been filed in-the superior coui-t. It ' is ..believed that Attorneys DeForest. & Klein, - who re present Mrs. Budlong wiU file the case in time . for the March term. - The marital troubles of the Budlong family were aired recently: in the city court as a result of the invasion of Mrs. Clouse Fairview ' avenue home by detectives. ' These mjen, who re presented a private agency in 'New Haven, were engaged -by Mrs. Bud long to get evidence against her hus band. - - It was believed that he was visiting at the home of .Mrs. Clouse.. When they attempted to .break into the house there was . trouble and a charge- , of breach" of the- peace was preefrred against Mrs. Budlong. This was drop ped last week at the request of Bud long, who said he. did. not want any more publicity. ' Mrs.. Budlong, whose maiden, name was . May Brooks, .was formerly her husband s stenographer. She married him November 30, 1910. BANKRUPTCY COURT. After a hearing in the bankruptcy court this- morning 'in - the case : of Harry Goldstein, a local liquor dealer, it was announced that a dividend of 5 per cent, had been declared. Jn the case . o H. D. Maurer of this cfty a 50 per cent, dividend was declared. 4jt hits a nmimm sinics 1 Nakskov, Denmarkf . 'Feb. 20 The Norwegian steamer Bjarko. struck a mine at 8 o'clock this morning and sank. Her crew was saved. . . - . This is the second disaster to Norwegian vessels 'since the German blockade took effect. The Bjarkoj laden with coal, was on. her way"from Leith to Nakskov. " ; ' - . The tank steamer Belridge, the first Norwegian vessel to meet with disaster after the German decree went into effect, was, torpedoed, yesterday by a submarine near Folkestone and was beached, badly damaged. . , f. ' The Bjarko was a-small vessel, 128 feet long and 286 tons grOSS, ' . In an attempt to force the Dar danelles, - the 'gate " to Constanti nople, France and British war-, ships . began a bombardment of the Turkish' fortifications yester- ; day, .which is being continued to- . ; day. An allied fleet has been at ' the entrance of the DsLrdanelles . 1 for several months and reports from time to time indloated that damage, was done to some "of the Turkish forts. An official state ment Issued In London today ss,y that aeroplanes are co-operating with the warships In the attacks, which -S had "considerable effect.' The present movement la the most -formidable which had been made -in the effort i ta force a - way - through "the Dardanelles. ' ' Aaother 'neutral vessel,, the see- -ond .Norwegian 'steamer to meet - "disaster in the naval war zone es tablished by Germany, has gone . to. the bottom f the North Sea. ' -HV crew.- was, rescued. ' , Fighting ' in France and Bei- . gium apparently is increasing in severity. Today's : official reports from 'Paris and Berlin, show that . the French attempted to break ; through ; the German lines at two points toward. the eastern end and that the Germans made an assault on the. -trenches, of the allies .in Belgium without effecting import ant results in any case. The Ger K SIKLOAIIY OF TODAY'S WAR , K7S ' j OFFICIAL REPORTS ON THE WAR GERMAN Brussels," Feb. 20 The ; official statement given out today toy the German headquarters says: ' "Jn the western, theater of the war; (Strong French forces yesterday at tacked the German positions1 in the Champagne ' region to the north . of Perthes and to the -north 'of Lesmer niles. An attempt to break through the German lines, however, failed. In. some places the , enemy entered into the - advanced German ' trencbes where fighting still continues. Other wise, the enemy was repulsed and suffered heavy- losses. . - "To the north of Verdun a French attack - also was 5. repulsed. ; Near Combres preparations for ' renewed French attacks' were made toy violent artillery 'bombardment. , " ' "Fighting stin continues ' in the Vosges. The Germans stormed Athe enemy's main positions of two Itilo metre on . the heights to the ; west of Ulcerne and also on Reichsakeropf to the west of Muenster. . A battle for the height to the north of Muehbach is going on. - Metserland and Sahder nach have been occupied by the Ger MOTHER IS HELD WITHOUT BAIL FOR MURDER Mrs. Morehouse Collapses After Announcement of Decision Dressed in a blue calico dress, such as are used by hospital nurses, and in a black coat, Mrs. Roger Morehouse was arraigned 4n the city court this morning charged with murder in the first degree, for fhex killing of her in fant child. Her answer, hardly dis cernible, was taken to.be "guilty." i- Under the questioning of ' Assistant Prosecutor John P. Gray, Dr. JV B5. Weldon of the emergency staff testi fied that he -was called to the home on February 9th and had examined the dead child. " He found that it had died from strangulation, a cord being tied tightly about its neck. - It was a new born child and had evidently been alive for the face bore a look of pain TTi ' mans claim the capture s of two towns in the Vosges ; A hew attaack has been begun by the fortified Galician - .city of Przemysl whose resistance of the besiegers month after month has been one of . the striking features -of thei campaign in .the east. The Russians are reported to have' .brought up new heavy guns for the assault. x ' . From English sources It is re- ported that the Russians have formed a- line along the Fruth . river, in Bukowina nnd that a new 'battle is developing, con flicts with recent statements that Austrians had succeeded in clear ing Bukowlna of the Russians. In northern Poland, so far as German - accounts of the fighting show,: the puwuit, of the Russians t is.-- contAjuing;" resulting 'In tho winning of several Polish cities and towns. - London believes. ' however, first rush of the Ger mans into hostile territory, after expelling the Russians . " from Prussia, ha3 been-stayed. - The situation- in the west is as devoid of important changes as has been the case week after , week since the battle of Soissons. A Berlin, military critic' writea that in the. . west the Germans must abandon, their bold warfare ' .for a . time and . restrain them selves to a "steady , holding, on." mans after a battle.' "In the eastern war area: To the southeast o( Kolno the enemv .has been driven back into his advanced position of Lomza. South of Mys zyniec. northeast of Przasnysz and east or Hacionz there have tbeen en gagements of a local character." FRENCH Paris, Feb. 20.- The official state ment issued this afternoon by the French war department saya: . "'In Belgium: The enemy, bombard ed. Nieuport and the dunes. His bat teries were effectively countered .by ours. ' The Germans appear to have employed important forces in yester day's attack - against our trenches - to the east of Ypreg. After; an Intense bombardment . of . our positions -the Germans, atacked with bayonets but were repulsed and our artillery held by its , flre the reserves , which were, to have supported the first line attack. The German losses were very high. "From. thenLys to the Oise and on the . Aisne;. in the region of Berry-Au-Bach," great artillery . activity pre vailed.". . . . ' - .. ..: . not 'Visible in children born dead. - The face was otherwise congested as in cases of strangulation. ' " Mrs. -Mary E. Ayles, the second wit ness, testified as to coming home, 153 Hough avenue, at 2 o clock in the morning and finding Mrs. Morehouse in the attic, where she said the baby had been born. ' ." Instructed by order of the court as to her rights to either testify, or not, Mrs. Morehouse, who seemed lost in her surroundings, declined to take the stand, ,and was Immediately bound over to the superior court without bail. Mrs. Morehouse was. not represented in court by a lawyer and later stated to reporters that she had no money with which to pay for anything. To her friend, Mrs. Ayles, she complained of ' the manner in which every friend had deserted 'her in her hour of need, stating that not even her former hus band had called at the hospital. When the court session was over she had to be assisted by the police ma rram, Mrs. Jack and the probation of cer, Mrs. Burgess. She utterly col lapsed, u Those who knew Mrs. Morehouse in the days when she was well dressed, and .enjoying prosperity, commented today upon the great change in her de meanor. WEATHER FORECAST x Fair tonight and .. Sunday; Fresh northwest winds. MM mm Many of Largest Battleships in Both Navies En gage Forts Continuous Shelling for Day and Night Works Great Havoc With Defenses, Says British Ofiice Work on European Side Silenced, is Report to London. London, Feb. 20- The llied fleets of England and Franco today, delivered a mighty,, blow in an attempt to open the Dar danelles. A continuous bombardment of Turkish forts was in progress for, hours Friday and continues today with redoubled fury ' : . , . . . '. , , -' " - -. . Assisting the battleships of England and France are aero plane squads from both navies." 'First announcement of the bombardment,' which began Fri day, was made in an official ! statement this afternoon by t he Admiralty Office. The text of the announcement follows : -. Admiralty Office Statement "Yesterday- morning at 8-o'clock a1 British fleet of battle-' ships and battle cruisers, accompanied by-flotillas and aided by a strong French squadron.-the whole under the command of Vice-Admiral Carden, began an attack upon the forts at the en trance .to the Dardanelles.- . . - a "The fprts at Gape Helles and Kum" Kale were bombarded i with a deliberate, long range fire. ( Considerable effect was produced on. two of the forts. Two others were frequently hiti but being operi earthworks, it was difficult to- estimate the dam- age.; The forts,, being out-ranged,v were unable to reply to our? fire. . . "At 2:45 q'clock in the afternoon, a portion of the battleship force was ordered to close in "and engage the forts at close; range with their secondary armament. , Forts Engage Battleships . "The forts on both 'sides of, the entrance then opened fire and were engaged at moderate range by the Vengeance, Gorn wallis, Triumph, Suffern and Bouval, supported by the Inflexi ble and the Agamemnon at long range. . -.-'.The -forts on the Europeanlide -wore apparently silence 1. One fort on the Asiatic side was still fij-ing when the operations were suspended, owing to the fading light. ."The action was renewed this' morning after an aerial re connoissance. The , British ships Ark' Royal is in attendance with a number of seaplanes and aeroplanes of theihaval wing." ' SAY FORTS HAVE FALLEN ' - Athens, Feb. 20 It is reported here that the Anglo-French fleet destroyed Turkish forts' on the Asiatic side of the Darda nelles during the bombardment this morning. The-forts of the European side-subsequently ;were, attacked and are still firing. TURKS DENY IIEAY'Y DAMAGE ' Amsterdam, Feb. 20 A despatch from. Constantinople gives the following of ficial statement issued by the Turkish war office: " ' " '"Early Saturday morning British, and French ships re newed their bombardment of the outer forts of the Dardanelles,, firing 400 shots without much. success. One soldier was slight-' ly wounded !by a fragment of stone." , ; "V ENGLAND DELAYS PHOMULGAT'On OF EDICT AGAINST FOODSTUF London, Feh. . 20 The third day of; the German siftomarine blockade -was ,.h.r.ni in -i-lthoiit. ' Great Britain's 1 retaliatory policy declaring all food destined for Uermany .to De -aDsoiuie contraband being definitely promul gated through the foreign-of fice. The British reply to the . American note regarding the .; Wilhelmina incident presages that such action will he taken and, "as the ' document points out, Great -' Britain - hopes when she lakes this step to meet with no objec tion from neutral countries. ;- - , " German movements on the north ern extremity of ;: the- easter battle front hold first place in the military situation, particularly so as Petrograd believes that Field Marshal Von Hin denburg is trying - to flank Warsaw from the north, a task which the Rus sians think is rather daring and fraught with great risks, unless the German commander's forces are ov erwhelming. The first rush of the Germans over the - East - Prussian frontier seems to have spent itself. .The. Germans are SUBMARINES BEING MADE HERE CHARGE - OF VON BERNSTORFF Washington Fb 2 0-r-Germany and Austria, through their ambassadors here, complained to the state depart ment today that submarines were be ing 'built in the United States for Great Britain and shipped in parts to Canada. 1 .....,.. - - i.- In , a statement on. the subject,' the German embassy : said: "The plants 1 of Bethlehem and the Union' Iron works at San Francisco are. according to reliable Informa tion, sendingf the , component parts of submarines, ordered by the ' Brit H 1 I 'V. Jjjj now reported to be locked with Rus sian reinforcements at many points from the Niemen river below ICovno down to the right bank, of the lower Vistula and military 1 experts inrJjn-1 don Bay it is difficult to visualiz-ie. th's position. r - ' - . ' ;The campaign in - the ' Austrian crown land of, Bnkowina continues ' with prospects of developing into a decisive battle on the banks of the river Pruth. , ' ; ' In Galicia : the' "repeated violent Austrian attacks against the Russian, positions in the Carpathian passes have been costly to both sides but . they have left the alignment little changed, : . ' " ' In the west the Germans are ham mering away in an endeavor to re cover lost ground and are reported to be keeping the British troops es-. pecially busy- to the southeast of Tpres in Belgium and elsewhere along their comparatively extended front but, according to French and British -claims, without making ' appreciabls gains. - ". .- - ish government, to Canada. Sub marines for England are also being built at Boston and Seattle. "The attention of the United States department of state has been drawn to these facts by the German and, Austro-Hungarian embassies as be- ing in contradiction . with the lawsi of neutrality.'., . , 1 GERMANS CAPTURE RUSSIAN ARMY FUNDS Amsterdam, Feb. 20 The Germans operating in East Prussia captured a, Russian military treasury containing 250,000 roubles ($125,000) telegraphs! the Maasbode's Berlin correspon-i dents ' 5 I