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VOL. 51 NO. 46 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., TUESDAY, FEB, 23, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS UN WRITTEN LAW HIS DEFENCE IN SHOOTING CASE Wife Says Jealous Husband Whot Shot Boarder Also ;.;y Fired at Her -.--.": PRISONER TELLS OF EVIDENCE for DIVORCE . Hid in Room of Home He Had Left Then Opened - Fire on Other Man Protection of the home undoubted- Yy -will be the defense offered in court by Joim W. Powers, the ? 2 year old oystermas, who last night; shot and Beriously wounded ' Wybert Peters, aged 30, whom he found in his wife's . bedroom at 3 East Main court. Sensational ; confessions from both husband and wife were to-day obtain r ed by the police which tend to show that Powers .'not only attempted -. to murder - the entire family but was compelled jto shoot & dog .whjch at tempted to attache him- j V That Powers was hidden within the . shadow of the building all during the evening, while the police . and neigh bors were searching-" for him, and was twice nearly stepped on by the officers is asserted by the prisoner who was remanded to jail for trial Sat urday; when bonds of $2,500 were not i posted for his release. : - Wybert Peters, the injured man is resting - comfortably at the Bridge port hospital to-day with two pune , tured wounds,.in the "fleshy part of the hip. : One bullet passed completely through the rear extremity of the hip while the -other ; is lodged in the thigh and iae not been found. ' it Powers admits the shooting, alleg ing that he was hidden in. the bedroom- ef .hia' wife and witnessed mfi- . delity that would warrant the attack. ; That, others , in the . family were' the target for . bullets - is. the assertion of Mrs. Powers to ' the police who tells of the domestic scene just before Pow ers' entrance into the kitchen, revol 1 ver iu hand, and , details her escape from a buDet by falling to the ground., Her sister also was fired at, she says but managed to escape by crawftng ' under a table. ', Powers, who ia frail in stature and, weighs but 95 ' pounds was arrested by Officer ; Chapman, a, , watchman on . the : Lewis Oyster Company's docks, ' where he-had sought refuge, after the shooting. ; : He refused to admit the e&ooWos-TWl 'WM found -on hfs person, r. . 'v if4''-- --' -r ' . "According ' to those living in the . houses Powers is alleged : to - have crawled through a window shortly af ter 10 o'clock and to have begun the attack which resulted' in- two bullets entering the body of Peters. . Since the separation of Powers and his wife; and : th$ coming , of , Peters to lire in the same house occupied by her Powers has hung around the Coram- bia ' Yacht vClub quarters. : 'Both, men are employes of the Remington Arms XT. m. c. Co. . ; :." . . The statement , of Mrs. JoJm Pow- era given to the- pollce this morning ar oM follows: , .. -" 'Last night, about 9:45 I was in my kitchen. Howard and-- Edward, my two brothers, and my sister, 'Mildred Hubbard, 12 years , old, -..were also there. My two brothers were on the loanje asleep and Wybert Peters, who boarded with my folks, was In the - kitchen ; shaving; My husband ' came ' Iny through a back i bed-room window with a pistol In his hands and said "hands up!. and nred at Peters. ' I ran out -the bafck door and,I fell aw he fired at me, -.My sister ran- under a table as Ttie fired at her, , Then he ran -after !me.- ran into the . street and he'r&n.away. " I went back mto , the house- and ,tb police came and then they: went" looking for him.- "I was not tiring with my t usba-nd. X am working in' the U. M. Q. plant and he has of ten met me on the way home from the shop and said he would fill me full of shot and my folks also. My brothers are 10 and years old." i ; . : . T-..-V-.. - in a confession, to the police which was somewhat amplified to reporters to-dav Powers, an oysterman.. save.: "I met Maude Hubbard, my. wife, live or six years- ago, An- incident, oc curred which I do not care to relate ' that caused me to leave for Provi dence, R, I, - ' Shortly afterwards warrant was sworn out hero for my arrest and officers same to Rhode Isl " and, but there was not sufficient baslB for the arrest and 'the ease was drop- ped both in Connecticut and "also in anode Island where one was likewise Instituted, -,- Later I earns-down hero, ' got the girl, and eloped with, her . tmiriHtL the wishes of her Barents. We were married .in Bayanne,; N, 3. v "We went to New Haven- and, two or three ears later oejne here to live with her Barents at 22 Pierpont street. We had, little spats whieh her parents egged her-on, KBfl wasted pleasure and I did not apjH-eve of the people ha was sssoaating wsa, , ., - "Peters was a friend of mine and we worked togetner in tne u, jh- u. My wife ieflt me las March, shortly afterwards Instituting diveree . pro- eeedings alleging jn tempera ace said ! intolerable cruelty, I was supposed to appear befors the superior court the second auesaay m uacemoer out did " not do so. I understand that a decree has not been "granted. . "Peters soon appeared on the scene. living t the same house with my wife.. 'I did not know anything about their i-nlatieras until recently wnen my m ' tie five year eld boy told me about hai-B actions when he came, to see me at the Columbia Yacht club where I tine been working, 1 nave sought. for some time, to get evidence of her Infidelity, .last night I' saw them com ing down the street together. They later separated and entered the house, I was hidden m the house before they got there. I was in the bedroom at about 2ft minutes before 7. I saw her parents re to f moving ; picture (OsBtlauad en Bag Tvo? . HOUSE GIVES QUICK DEATH TO CIVIL SERVICE Isbell Bill Rushed Through Over Protests of Thought ful Republicans BRONSON AMENDMENT SHOVED INTO DISCARD Leader Hyde Says Commit tee Has Been ' Cussed and Damned" for Bill 1 ' ; (Special to The Farmer.) . .HArtford, Feb. S3. The bill repeal ing' civil service, was passed 143 to 90, iu the -House to-day. It has al ready passed the Senate. Hartford, Feb. - 2S. Speaker Healy from the rostrum and House Leader Hyde of Manchester i were making Quick work of the civil service law. which the House passed, while Healy was its leader, in 1913. The speak er warned v the members : he would keep them on the job all night, un less they did the work before them. Hyde moved , to Indefinitely postpone" the Bronson amendment, offered by Representative Bronson, Republican, of "Waterbury, which;, was intended to undo the evil of the Isbell bill, which the committee on ' judiciary had, re ported, " and which had - been passed by the senate. ' A . . Rep. Bronsorf said the Republican party would regret : ,their! action if they should adopt the Isbell bill. This view was1 emphasized by" Rep. Shaw of Redding, also a Republican. Rep. Terry of New Haven, Republican, said that, the bill would tiring the Repub lican party into discredit - with the people- .-' - -. i i. - " T" House Leader Hyde opposed recom mitment of the Bronson amendment, with kthe bill, to the committee. He said: -The. committee is sick of the bill. It has been cussed and damned for it, and it wants the' matter settled now. Hyde then made his motion to indefinitely postpone the amend ment, and the motion prevailed. . , Mr. Hyde- of Manchester, Republi can leader, spoke briefly In favor of the majority bill-and immediately af terwards Rep. Hughes, democrat, of Parmington,;, introduced - a - substitute amendment-, which he said proposed foansres in the law that had received the approval of the Connecticut Civil Service Reform association. Xtx 'behalf o : his amendment Mr, Hughes made a stirring - speech. in which he characterized the majority bill as a piece of rank hypocrisy and "insult to the; intelligence and cred ulity of the" people of the state." ' He said the majority bill was a virtual repeal of the present law. Repre sentative Gorman and Representative Taylor, both of Danbury, also spoke against the majority report, declar ing that the 'principles of civil ser vice would be lost to the state were the report adopted and the bill, pass ed. ,.,-r.: -'' "-.' Representative Devlne, of ' Water- bury, Xdmocrat " demanded a yea and nea vote on the adoption of Mr. Hughes timendment " The amend ment was defeated by a strict party vote. ! .;-' " " , The House then took up the con sideration of another lengthy amend ment offered by Representative Bron son of Waterbury. ; . Ofliicials of Gerniany ; Hedge On Demand for j Publicity On Great War ' Berlin. S'eb. ! 28 An inspired state ment in the Kord Xeutsohe Al legmeroe Zeltung replies to demands that the newspapers Je permitted to discuss the war - and discuss what should be done if Germany is viotop ious, i discussion of future peace terms at this time is considered in advisable by political and military leaders, i the article Bays. If adds, however, that at the proper : time. which will !be decided by the; course of military events, - such . discussion will e permissible, -. "When , the . time .comea'5 it L says. the Kovernttient will be thankful, for the support of public opinion and there will be no disposition to prevent the . people "from publicly discussing terms of peace," - Postmaster Greene ; C After Next Monday Charles B". Greene, the newly ap pointed postmaster of this city, will take up his duties on Monday, March 1st, There will be little ceremony oonneeted- with the transferng of the office which Postmaster Marigold has held for the past 17 years to the new incumbant. Inspector T, B. Colvin and Inspector p, J. Rapp, both 'of Boston, will take a general inventory of the office and will prepare a state ment concerning it which will be signed by the retiring postmaster. This with a. few informal instructions will complete the act of the changing of officials. STORK OS HOLIDAY PHGfflP TO COHiBOTOB BTGOTEB5T. Collector of Port and Mrs.,' James Ia MeGovera are receing congratu lations on the Washington's Birthday gift erf A daughter who arrived last evening, Miss MoQovern is bright and bouncing and is quite ready to meet the legion of friends of her pop ular mother and father. CTJMMTVS ADMXBiTSrFRATOR Normati W. Cummins was appoint ed by Judge Miller In the probate court administrator of the estate of his wife, Hilda C. Cummins today. The estate consists of a claim for about $1,509 due from relatives of the deceased. . E. J.'McManus and F. C Basalfk were named appraisers, GARLICK FORCES AMENDMENT OF RETIRING WILL Revised Legislation Gives Protection of Court to Police and Firemen MACHINE JOLTED BY BRIDGEPORTER Original Draft Would Have Left Public Servants At ' ' Mercy 'of Politicians (Special jto The Farmer.)' Hartford, . Feb. 23. Representative CSarlick's protests against the proposed amendment to the y Bridgeport city charter,' relative to police and fire pen sions, have caused consternation among the machine leaders of the city and a. practical redrafting of the pension measures will result. Mr. 5afl-lick's protest, as printed ; in The Parmer some weeks ago, riddled the proposed bill and. pointed out some glaring incongruities. s It Is .understood today that before the bills are assigned for hearing sev eral amendments will' be drafted for presentation ,to the committee. ' All of these amendments deal with matters over which Mr. ' Garlick raised a pro test. - Chief among them is s change that will make, the retirement age after 25 years of - service and after . a member of a department has attained the age of 60. The .original amendment pro vided for retirement after 20 years of service no matter what age a depart ment member "might have obtained. In the . redrafted amendment the right to appeal to the highest court will be restored to members dismissed from the service. In the original bill the right of appeal was limited to the superior court. '.-.'.,' The discretionary powers of the com missioners to discontinue pensions as originally proposed will be changed by amendment. .The commies ionr will be denied this power and pensions will be allowed, unless revoked for certain specific causes. ! - An amendment which la favored by the fire commissioners will Also be pre sented, . whereby a member ; of either department may make voluntary ap plication,' for retirement under- the pension limit when he has attained the age and service limit.' -v The pension amendment', has not been, . asigned for' hearing as yet. It became ' known today that :the : delay was caused through fear" thaC Repre sentative Oarlick might carry his pro test to the original .bills before the committee.. The k changes which are now proposed probably, will, give' the bills smooth sailing before the com mittee so far as the Bridgeport legis lative delegation is concerned, i GUT EVERYTHING BUT VARRENITE IS TAX PROGRAM Board of Apportionment Hopes to Keep Rate at 18 Mills on 1914 List With the purpose of keeping down all possible expenses except those for Warrenite the board - of apportion ment met this afternoon , In. the city hall to fix the city's tax rate for the grand list of 1914. , ' , ; - ' 1 With no provision for the state tax, one mill on the grand list; with only one-half the usual provision for the public school system; and with the slashing of many of the . hitherto pet projects of , the administration, the tax board' hopes to keep the rate to to about 18. mills. ' . -: If the plans of' the present admin istration carry, not only will , the $160,000 contracts be carried out this summer tout contracts for $79,000 for this same kind of pavement will-' Ibe let ; here and probably laid. The board met in the council chamber this afternoon and it was freely pre dieted that in spite of the reductions attempted, the tax rate for the lists of 1914 will -be not less than, 18 mills, this with no allowance for state tax this year and with only a half mill Instead "of the regular one mill school tax, - Xt was predicted . that the board would lop off the $20,000 for sea wall etxtension at Seaside park, the White Way extension and the $12,500 granted for a branch library.. The board will recommend that the city bond for the seawall extension and the branch library- WHEAT PRICES TAKE BIG SLUMP . Chicago, Fteb. 23 -Wheat prices took a big. drop today. May delivery falling nearly five cents a bushel as soon as trading began, selling as low aa $1,55 3-4 as against $1,60 1-2 at the elose on Saturday, July tumbled 4 3-8 to $1.27, Reports of attacks to be made on Constantinople from the north well as on the Dardanelles forts at the south had much to do with : the descent of wheat values. The conse quent possible - quick release of im mense stores of wheat tn , Russia led to decided bearish sentiment here. The world's heavyweight cham pionship bout between Jack Johnson and Jess Willard at Jaurea, on March 4 9, was postponed. . . BOBBINS TRIAL AGAIN DELAYED FOR NEW PLEA Railroad Directors on New Track in Effort to Escape .Federal Court . New York, Feb. 23 The trial set for today to test the validity of the plea of immunity entered by Edward IX Bobbins, attorney for' the New York, New Haven & Hartford "rail road, to the indictment charging him with violation of the Sherman anti trust law, has been . postponed, prob ably . until March 8, it was announc ed today. ' , Mr.- Bobbins, who was indicted with 20 directors and former direc tors of the New Haven, has entered an, amended plea which government counsel are digesting before definite ly arranging a new trial date. The original plea was that Bobbins was immune because he had - previously testified in New Haven matters. The amended ' plea seeks to meet points in an opinion of Federal Judge Grubb holding that Bobbins and other de fendants who had filed similar pleas had automatically waived immunity when they testified. Meantime, the federal grand jury, It was said, would hear further tes timony in the investigation of New Haven affairs which was resumed last week with the object, it is un derstood, of bringing in superseding indictments. DONOVAN SLIGHTLY BETTER FOLLOWING SUDDEN BREAKDOWN Report From National Capi- tal Says Congressman From Connecticut is Improving (Special to The Farmer) Washington, D. C, Feb. 23 Con gressman Jeremiah Donovan Is slight ly Improved today, according to the announcement of his condition made this afternoon. ' - Congressman . Donovan ' has been confined to. his bed for several days with severe organic troubles, brought upon htm by the lack of fresh air an exercise aggravated by . the fact that iie has been constantly attending his -duties- in the capital, without va cation. ' t ' ... -i. , ; ' It -is expected he will leave Wash ington lit. a. few days for some South ern town, where he will recuperate! Arrangements are being made so that he can keep in touch with conditions in. Congress - at the same time.'. CHARGES AGAINST "GEORGE P. SMITH" INCREASING DAILY Police Making Inquiriesthat Are Believed to Be Prov ing ' 'Smith" a Dan gerous Swindler. In the capture of "George P. Smith," alias i"Scott," now believed to be Charles E. W. Adams, a former store keeper of Worcester, Mass., the police believe that they " have caught one oi the most desperate and much-sought swindlers who has operated through out New England for several years.- " Although "the Worcester police have not as yet confirmed the belief that "Smith" la Adams of their city, Police Captain OTay of Worcester Is expect ed in this oity to make the identifica tion, and many lines of lnqniry about the , prisoner were begun today. Be sides being alleged to ' have swindled several confectionery dealers of this oity out of large amounts of. money, by the fraudulent sale of chewing gum, it is believed that Smith may be the man who has recently collected hun dreds of dollars In this and other Con necticut and Massachusetts . cities by the presentation and collection ef bllh owned by retail" dealers, to the large wholesale grocery houses of New Ha ven, Hartford and Boston. Representative of ' the Beechnut Packing , Co. of Canajoharie, N. Y., came to this city today to see if Smith could be identified as the man who previously swindled the concern. His picture will also be shown to local dealers who have paid accounts due large New Haven supply house to an unauthorized collector who made away with the money in an effort to establish his connection with- these frauds. -. "Smith" is now ' believed to have been a chauffeur in Worcester, as well as a store owner, , , WIDOW OP EXPLOSION VICTIM WILL CLAIM COMPENSATION The widow of Domenico Faraoni, the quarryman who was killed by the premature explosion of a blast on the exa cava tion for the new Lakeview home Feb. 5, has notified the city clerk of her intention to claim Work men's compensation. Faraoni had been employed by the city for about 1 0 years. The work of excavating for the cellar of the Lakeview home is being done under the supervision of the board of charities and Faraoni was a oity employe at the time of his death. He is survived by his widow who lives at 2 6 5 Catherine street. AS IRA The famous cathedral at Bheims, which was damaged early in the war, has suffered further serious injury, the French war office announced to day. .The Germans are charg ed with having made a special target of the cathedral during a violent bombardment, of the city and it is' said the, interior of the vaulted roof gave way. The Berlin communication re ports further progress in the Vosges where the Germans have " been taking town after town during"-the last week. The capture, of another town near Muelbach is announced today. ' In the recent battle of the Ma-'' zurian Lakes district in i East ; Prussia which resulted in the ex-' pulsion of the Russians from German soil, 300 cannon, includ ing 10 of , heavy calibre were,' . captured, Berlin states. Another vessel was sunk to- day in the naval war zone es tablished by the decree of the German admiralty. The Norwe gian steamer Begin was sent to OFFICIAL REPORTS ON TOE WAR FRENCH Paris, Feb. 23. At the war office the following statement was given out. "There is nothing of Importance to add to last nighfs communication. West of Hiombaertzdye the enemy made ready to deliver two infantry attacks which coming under our fire could not be carried home. The bombardment of Bheims, reported yesterday evening, was extremely vio lent. : It lasted for a first period of six, followed by a period - of five hours. Fifteen hundred shells were dropped in all quarters of the town. - wha: remains of the cathedral was made a special target and suffered seriously. The interior vaulted roof which had resisted until now, was burst About 20 houses, were fired and 20 civilians killed. "To the east of - the Argonne, be tween Malin court and the Meuse our artillery found a German battery and blew up its ammunition wagons. i ' Along the remaining part of the front there Is nothing to report." , ,. RUSSIAN . Petrograd,' Feb. 23 Repulses of the Austrians and Germans at several points -on, the western battle front are claimed by the Russians in an official communication Issued y .last night. It ' is stated that in eastern Galicia, . southeast of Stanlslau two brigades of Austrians were' driven off with the loss of 1,500 prisoners, in cluding 2 0 , officers and several ma chine guns. The communication follows:- : "Fighting continues on the right bank of the Bobr and the Narew, In isolated engagements. An -encounter of secondary Importance occurred near Grodno on the Lypskov Road in which we attacked the Germans. "The guns of the fortress were used actively and effectively in the fighting in the Ossowetz district. On the road from , Lomza we took Jod wabno after- a fierce combat. -The enemy took the offensive in' consid erable force in the , Przasnysz re gion. ' '.'". ? "We captured several villages on the road .between Racidnz, and Plonsk taking 500 German prisoners on the left bank of the Vistula. "After capturing the heights of Smolnika; east of Lupkow Pass in the Carpathians, our troops repulsed re peated counter-attacks of the Aus trians. who reached a, point within a few paces of our positions but were forced back with heavy losses, "The Germans delivered four1 at tacks against the height of Myto Ko- ziourka on the night of February 20 but were driven back. We had car ried the hill, which was an important part of the enemy's position.. We at tacked the Austrians south of Stanls lau in Eastern Galicia and drove back MOTHER m TEA1EB THE I mi London, Feb. 23. The Norwegian steamer Regin was sunk off Dover this morning by either a submarine or a mine. The c,rew of s22 men were saved. The Regin, which was car rying coal from the Tyne to Bordeaux, sank 10 minutes after she was struck. ' ' ' The Regin is the second Norwegian steamer to encounter a submarine or a mine in the English Channel since Feb. 18 when the German submarine blockade against British ports went into effect. The tank steamship Belridge was torpedo ed by a German submarine off Folkestone last week. She was not, however,. very seriously damaged for after being beach ed at Walmer she later made her way to port. : The Regin was of 1,187 net tonnage, 265 feet long and. was built in 1913. Disaster, has overtaken two other Norwegian steamships in the last few days. The Nordykin went down in the Baltic last week' probably as the result of coming in contact with a. mine or of being torpedoed and the Guba'a freighter,, bound from London to Rotterdam, was sunk Feb. 21 in the North Sea i following a collision, ' LOSS OF EVELYM ........ V ... ACCIDENT SIC ASSUMED BY . HAV the bottom, in the English Chan nel by either a submarine or a mine. ' - -" i ,. . Heavy losses were sustained by the Austrians in the recent fight ing, the Russian general staff announced in a statement claim ing several victories in Galicia. In - northern Poland also, it is said, a successful stand has been made against the German army which drove the Russians from , East Prussia, . These reports are not in . agreement, however, with official communications from Berlin and "Vienna, both of , which tell of reverses suffered by the. Russians and their loss of great numbers of men. , On the , western battlefields : there are no signs of returning activity and apparently neither side desires to take the Initial tive at this time. ' Official announcements show that comparatively small num- hers of men take part in the ac- , tions at various points over the line and apparently these en- - gagements are of merely local significance. ' , two brigades after a combat in which the bayonet sometimes was used. We took here 1,000 prisoners, including 20' officers : and several machine guns." ' - ' BRITISH London, Feb. 2!k The British semi weekly j-eport -on the progress of the fighting on the continent was given out -today and reads as .follows : "The enemy, continues to show con siderable activity; in the neighbor hood of Tpres several attacks and counter-&t tacks have occurred. . At ' 6 o'clock on the morning -of Feb. .,21 the enemy ... exploded an elaborate series of mines which- destroyed one of our trenches. A new line was pre pared a short distance in the rear and immediately occupied. Any attempts at further progress ' have been com pletely frustrated. :''. "Near Givenchy; our Infantry after a successful bombardment, captured a trench of the enemy and blew ' it upl An attempted attack by the ene my, along La Bassee Canal was easily repulsed by our artillery. '.'.'.'' - "To the south of the river .Lys there has been an increase in artillery and rifle fire in which our, troops showed marked ' super lorlty. . -Along the re mainder, of the front there has been nothing more than artillery duels. The thick . weather has handicapped ' the work of aircraft." V- GERMAN Berlin, Feb. 28. The war office to day, gave out '' a report on ' the pro gress of the fighting 'which reads as follows: "In the western arena of the war: the Calais ' fortress was freely I bom barded during the night of Feb. 21,22 with missiles from an airship. . "Yesterday.-the French delivered an attack in the Champagne to the north of Perthes, but each of their advance moves broke down under our fire. At Ailley and Apremont . the French forces were driven back to their posi tions! after ' having first Tn,&&& some minor successes. "In the Vosges the Sattlekopf to the horth of Muelbach has been taken by storm. ' Otherwise, . there has beei nothing of importance to: report on the. western .line, i ' ' ' "In the eastern arena of the fight ing: an" advance attempted by. the Russians with forces quickly gathered together, moved in a northwesterly di rection, resulted in failure. The num ber of cannon taken in the pursuit oi the Russians after the battle of the Mazurian lakes has been increased to over 300 and includes 10 pieces of heavy calibre. - "To the northwest of Ossowetz,north of Lomza and in trie vicinity of Przas nysz the fighting continues; On the Vistula- to the east of Plock we have advanced farther nito the Wyszogred, RWEQIAW IS LOST IM ISH CHUEL DUE A TITER 'Hi i V ' m m m vs President Tells Callers ot Unofficial - Information! That Captain Did Not? Follow Safe Course Map- ped Out for Him Still No Definite Informa- tion As To Fate of the Thirteen Who Rowed For Holland Coast After Ex plosion Washington, Feb. 23. Presi dent Wilson views the sinking1 of the American steamer Eve lyn in the North Sea as a tragic accident, he told callers to-day, and has been unofficially in formed that her captain was not following a safe course laid out for him. He added that warnings had been given that mines were planted in the area in which the Evelyn was sunk. The President indicated ho has not yet determined wheth er replies will be sent to the re cent notes from Germany and Great Britain on the war zones and the use of the American flag. He. said, however, there was nothing in the German or English notes which would cause the United States to change its position. He indi cated that the entire subject was still under . consideration. Unofficially, it has been said it is probable that no replies will be made. ' r " Definite ; information as to the fate of. 13 of the crew of the steamer EJvelyn, blown jp , off th , German coast, , who were reported to have, rowed for the. Holland coast after the vessel -struck, has not yet reached here. The only official .word which has been received is from the Ameri can Consul at Bremen, . who on Sun day night reported the safety of the crew. ' ., ' v .. ' Officials heard today through un official sources that only the captain and fourteen members of the Evelyn's crew had been accounted for. All of the party, except one who died from exposure, were safe- in a hospital at Bremenhaven followingi their vrescue by a Dutch pilot ship. RUSSIAN ARMY, DRIVEN BACK, STANDS AT BAY London. Feb. 23 The Russian 10th army, which according to an official report made by Grand Duke Nicholas, the Russian commander-in-chief in the field, is minus one of its corps as a result of the last big battle in East Prussia, now stands at bay along the, line of the Narew, Bobr and Niemen. rivers within' Russian territory. Then latest Russian official statement re lates numerous isolated engagements: in this region , which may mean that a counter-offensive is now in pro gress but of this fhere is no con firmation. " On the 1 southern flank also the Russians have reported local success es but these are not admitted by Vi enna which claims that all the Rus sian counter-attacks have been re-, pulsed with heavy losses to the Rus sians. Both sides claim, the captura of. many prisoners and while tha fighting has bee without definite re-, suit it is evident that the strug-.' gle for the passes In the mountains has been extremely sanguinary and that the . combats in Galicia have as- sumed a more violent character y Artillery engagements have been. the prevailing feature of the activity! along the western battle front dur-; ing the past 24 hours with the French claiming the destruction of heavy German guns at Lombaertzyde and admitting that the city of Rh pirns again has been violently bombarded. The only activity in the air has been provided by a single Zeppelin airship which dropped bombs on Ca lais yesterday while the only incident of note in connection with the sub marine blockade has been the safety arrival, at Liverpool of the Cunard line steamer Orduna, from New York Feb. 13. Nothing so far hs been heard in England of the two German subma rines overdue at Cuxhaven, concern ing whose safety the Germans are anxious. Landstrum Members In Switzerland Ordered To Come to the Colors Geneva, Feb. 23 Germans up to the age of 48 eligible for service with the Landstrum troops have moved from Switzerland and it is reported here that those living in other neutral countries also, have been directed to Join the colors not later than March 3. Austria likewise has summoned, from neutral countries men of the. Landsturm up to the age of 45. The order affects 2,060 living in Switser-. land.