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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS ADQUINISTRATIOH CHEATS TUTU RE T.O-KEER-:.PRESEMTa .-t;TJtX-"WltHi'K 18 PILLS Enormous Increase In, Ex penses of Running the City During the Wilson Administration Are Dis . closed In Budget Prepar ed By Board of Appor tionments . . WORKING- CAPITAL, OF AUIOST GONE Seeley's Vote Alone Saved City's Educational Jje . paxtment From Being En tirely Ignored He Tells Mayor V" His - Vote Was Cast By Mistake. When the Board of Appor -tionment and ,' Taxation ' con cluded its 'work, last night, it had, by strenuous - paring-, by the appropriation of half of the city's working capital, by the elimination of . an appropria tion for the state tax and ' by cutting the one mill school tax in two,' succeeded in getting theUax- for 1914' to 18 mills, divided 7.8 to the .'First., District and 10.2, to the,Second distript. The "budget totalled 82,531, 769.31; an increase of $386,S0O over the budget of 1911j when Mayor Wilson first took office. Over -the protest of City .Auditor Bernard IV Keating, the city's work ing capita! was cut in two, so that the city must let Jta bills run, or re sort to borrowing- to meet them when th ejsrwuer,; ,sfa5fc!reas '-suc-t ceeding administrations had left the sum ;pf $38,000 unimpaired , for , this purpose. -v," ' '? ' '. - Every energy of,- the a-dmlnistra -Hon was bent to obtaining money for street repairs, which, hitbjerto- ;has been a soft word for Warrenito, and the school tax was-sacrificed to make tliis appropriation, possible. The school' tax would have .been entirety repealed had it not been for the vote of William E. Seeley, who broke a tie in favor of granting: the appropriation- When reproached -by the mayor jf or his. vote, Mr,- Seeley said he- supposed he was voting the ether way. '.'.".. ' ":' .- '; These appropriations are divided- as follows: Firsts district,. $1,148,831.42 less .estimated1 receipts First district, -$895,181.42; 'Second district appro priations, $1,383,437.89,. less estimated receipts Second district, $233,037.50. For the-First district a tax of 7.8 mills will raise $897,267.71, which is a. surplus of $2,138.29. In-th'e Second district the' tax of 10.2 will raise'l,-' 160,600.08 which will give a surplus of $10,199.69 more than is required. The total surplus will be $12,335.38. Appropriations in every department were sacrificed in order to , give the 'administration more money for War- tax for schools was cut to half a mill. Mayor . Wilson strove hardily to have it eliminated altogether. But the ap propriation stayed in by the vote 1 of William B..: Seeley, president of' .the board. Mr. Seeley when upbraided by the mayor after the meeting for vot ing for the school tax said that he got his signals mixed and that he under stood -he was : voting to cut the, ap propriation out. i The appropriation of $12,500 for a branch of the public library was cut also. .Max J .Buechler tried to have, the half mill tax : cut out from the de partment of public works, but his ef forts were unavailing. 1 Mr. Buech ler said the -street department has been extravagantly and wa3tefully conducted for;, the past year despite the- many thousands of dollars . spent on' the streets. City Attorney Comley set tSo board right as to when "Warrenite is not Warrenite.""; v. He told the board he did not think that monr appropriat ed for "macadam repairs" could be used to' lay bituminous macadam. "It has been known ' that- such items as automobile repairs, . stationery, etc., have been taken from'm'acadam re Continued on" Page Two) " GOEIUOR RESIGNS CITY JOB TO MAKE ROOM FbjRAI!OTHER Republican , Worker, Who Enters Capitol Position, Leaves Appraisal Board Arthur F. Conner, president -of the board of. appraisal of benefits and damages, resigned ; his position to day. ' - - ' ' - - Mr. Connor -will-- succeed ' Max Co hen as assistant : to the- secretary of state, March 1. He was in the, Capi tol today "learning the ropes." .. His term as president of the board of appraisal . win noi expire until Jan uary 1. Mr, Connor's resignation will make room for the reward of one of the many applicants for recognition from the administration. "The appraisal board members receive $900 peryear for three years. : THREE YEARS OF . , MUNICIPAL WASTE Vl EXTRAVAGANCE Tax rate '18 mills. , No provision for state tax, schools cut " to . half mill, city's working balance cut in two. --" .'. Total budget $2,531,000. Represents an .increase in yearly expense of running city . of $586,000, since Mayr or Wilson took office, i In the same period the municipal debt has increas ed by $1,464,000. v j ; During the present year the debt is to be. further in creased by $1,400,000. ' - Total debt increase, issued or provided for $2,864,000. U. 11. G. MAKE CO. TO RIFLED IN NEW PLANT Bridgeport Arms' Co. May Be Name of New Branch of Ammunition Works Riflles and bayonets will be v mum factured in Bridgeport,, beginning this spring, according to plans being con sidered, by.the , highest; officials. ,pf,.the. Kemington Arms-U m. . c..jo., ox ,uua city and Ilion, NV T. y ' - 7-, A ;separate r plant, cbntrolled how ever, by the same OfCiciais,' will- be- es tablished here, i is . believed, under the jhame . of the' Bridgeport - Arms Co. Iuring,the lajst few months begin nings were -made on the construction of several .one-story; buildings on Bos ton avenue, the last one of which was staked out last. week. Work is beint, rushed -on ; them and .. by .the time spring arrives it is-expected they will be completed and ready for use.Then the . bayonet 'and much of thi rifle manufacture, now carried on in llibn, will-be transferred to -Bridgeport, it 13 expected. -: V--r ''r: ; Since early last autumn the trade of the RemiH gton Arms-U. M. : C. Co. has iifcreased; greatly and consequent ly -their shipments are ; greater than ever before. "The proximity of Bridge port to New York, to -which most oi th shipments are made," makes f it more-desirable as a point of manufae ture than Ilion. - More efficiency and greater speed' may be developed. Ac cordingly, it isyunderstood, arrange ments are being made to make rifles and " bayonets here,'' instead of in , the 3few York state plant i ' . " , v ' ,Works Manager Frank ;O.Hoagiand, of the local plant,' was asked - today concerning the plans, but he was un able, to give any information on.th subject, he fsaid, as it was a . matter being considered by' officials higher than himself. He could merely affirm that'such a, thing is being considered. He refused to -give an opinion on the reason' for the change of name, , but said that the buildings on Boston ave nue are the ones designated. BTJBGLARS, AGED NINE AND TEN, SENT AWAY; PARENTS ARE BLAMED Nicholas Killian, aged 9 and . Stan ley Cadenzo, aged 10, diminutive boys were arraigned in the city court today charged with burglary of the ; Grand Five and Ten Cent Store, State street. They were apprehended by Patrolmen Flood and Hirshk late last night, while' attempting to enter a rear door of the store with a key they had stol en the night previous by breaking a window in the rear door. In court today Probation Officer Simpson who has had them in charge on several previons . occasions stated that they were incorrigible and Judge Wilder sent them to the Connecticut School for Boys. . - '- In discussing the case today, Capt. George Arnold held the pair up as an example of the hardest problems society today has to f aee. Blame for their plight and waywardness was placed., squarely upon .the parents' shoulders. - - . Prosecuting Attorney DeLaney commenting- upon the case said it was one of the saddest brought to his attention in some time, and again called atten tion to the need for a law making, the parents responsible for such direlic-t-ion of parental duty. "A bill," said the prosecutor, . "is now before the general assembly which will" put a stop eventually to much of the crime shown today by youths, and should be passed." WEATHER FORECAST Itam tonJg;ht; Thursday partly eloudy and " cooler; increasing? south winds, shifting to west tonight. . SPEGTACTULAR FIRE NEARLY DESTROYS CLARK'S GARAGE AND VALUABLE AUTOMOBILES Damage Approximating $40,000 Done in' Two Alarm Blaze Neglect To ; Turn in Alarm To ';..' Save Cars Two Men Burned Escaping From Building.- A spectacular two alarm lire, break ing" out shortly after the noon hour, today partly - gutted the three-story brick garage in the Logan building at 1710 Main street, owned by the Arthur L. Clark company. Two employes, Howard Bodurtha, 110 .Berkshire aves nue, and George Krausman of. Strat ford, were slightly injured by burns and falling glass. ..' v " The damage to the new building is estimated at between $5,000 and $7, 000, fully insured. The : loss of 15 cars on the top floor, held at owners risk is believed to be about $12,000 and the loss of equipment and prop erty of the Clark company is- believed to'be in the neighborhood of . $5,000. There is additional loss by heat and .water to several cars on the second floor,": which has j not been estimated but. will' not be more than $5,000, probably fully insured. . The origin of the fire which started in the noreast corner, of the top floor, is unknown as-Clark, who appeared on the scene after the alarms, had been rung in refused to .talk or permit any of his employes to discuss the facts. He was greatly - unnerved by the dis astrous fire. It is believed however," that it may have-- happened through the carelessness of some employe. The first fact known concerning the fire is the action of Howard Bodurtha, foreman' on- the top floor, and living at 110 Berkshire , avenue, - who was heard to cry "Fire!" At that time other employes saw a blaze about machines being repaired on the top floor, among .which was a large Franklin car owned by Charles Logan. The names spread with amazing rap idity, and the two or three of tlje 1 or 15 mechanics and helpers about the building, who were oh ; the top floor, rushed for safety down the stair case. An attempt to push cars on the big elevator " was .fruitless for the flames - swept "the -entire- roof mush rooming downwards ' . Bodurtha is said to have been the last to leave. ' He ' is reported to have said that there was only one fire, ex tinguisher upon the to floor. 'which he is known to have yalikntly. used. until his right hand was so severely burned that he required assistance in a nearby pharmacy. ', ' 'That total loss of nearly 30 cars stored on the seicond floor is hot recorded, is said to be due to the fact that someone pulled the elevator flush with the - top floor and that though the roof burned completely off, two inch blocks and additional heavy oak -flooring kept . thei flames confined to the top of the tfuilding, except in spots. It is estimated that more than $100,000 worth of .' cars were stored on the second floor. They were damaged by excessive heat and water. On the ground floor, were six or eight cars, which were wheeled to safety outside the garage. V .- Witnesses, who wore upon the scene as the blaze became visible up on the outside said there was a series of - explosions on the top floor,-which probably resulted from thet expanded air and gasoline ' in the -tires and tanks of the four cars under repair on the' top floor. ' . y One of the features that may later be inquired into by the fire "depart ment is the assertion of firemen, liv ing in the vicinity and passing upon car at the time, 'that the entire top floor was enveloped in blaze and yet the alarm ofrfire, had to be turn ed in by members of the fire de partment. ' v , V John T. . O'Connor, assistant master mechanic of the fire department was apparently the - first person outside of the garage staff, to- know of the blaze. He was leaving his home, 38 North Washington avenue, which is directly opposite! the rear of the Lo gan Brothers building when happen ing to look up, he found the entire roof in flames. Fire - was belching from windows on the North Washing ton avenue side as well as on the south side of the building. Employes of the garage were rushing from the building with ears. " O'Connor' called' to the men that the top of the building was on fire and rushed to box 836 at Main street and Washington avenue, where he pulled the first alarm. : Apparatus from Engine Co. 5, En gine4, truck 2 and No. 1 chemical arrived after the first bell ' alarm at 12:03 . o'clock; . A second , alarm., at 12:07 called No. 1 Engine company to the scene. The second alarm was pulled by Chief Mooney as soon as he reached the spot, for it was evident that the building would be doomed unless heroic measures were taken to save it. . O'Connor says that as soon as he had pulled the alarm he heard ex plosions which seemed to come from the top floor. ' , . v This statement is also corroborated by Capt. B. B-eilly of Engine Co. 1, who was. passing in ' front of the building in a North Main street trol ley car. Capt. Reilly said today to reporters that he happened to glance through the car windows and was sur prised to see tha whole top floor in a blaze. lie jumped ' from ' the car and ran towards the signal box when he found O'Connor returning. At that time the men were, rushing from the building and explosion after ex plosion could "be distinctly heard for a long distance from the building. - Both firemen' rushed into the build ing to find that they could not get above the second ' floor. After assur ing themselves' that all the employes were safe they aided in saving books and papers from the office, where three clerks were employed. It was not more than ten minutes after the fire was discovered , that parts of the elevator shaft, housing and the rof fell ; in. It looked for a time as if the cornices, both on the Main street and North Washington avenue fronts of the building would fall into the street. Strict police lines however, were established under the direction of , Captain John Redgate and a platoon of men - who were quickly rushed to the spot frbm all available posts. ' ; Uppn the arrival of the engines called by a second alarm . at 12:07 o'clock, Chief Mooney distributed three lines of hose on Main street from Engine Company 1. On North Washington avenue two lines of hose were pouring water" on the building from Engine Company 4 and at Bull's Head No. 6 ran. one line to the scene. All these shot a deluge of -Water upon the top -and second floors in such , a manner as to keep thfo fire from de scending the staircase, of elevator shaft. ' '". . ,r . -,' - The blaze was a spectacular I one, and attracted hundreds from all sec tions of, the city, where the two alarms were heard and the rising column of, 'black smoke was plainly visible. -,--..-' - Among the employes working on the Jtop , floor at the time of the , fire was George Krausman of Stratford, who has 'been employ edih- the build ing only , two days. . He managed to" make- his escape in safety between burning cars and had reached , the sidewalk when falling glass cut him1 severely on - the right hand, nearly severing his ' thumb. He was given emergency treatment by clerks in the employ of J. A, Leverty. ' v Arthur- L. Clark, was in another section of the city at the time. He quickly, motored to the scene and be gan an investigation of the cause of the lire. His first action was to gather his employes together and ad vise therrf not to give any accounts. Later' he stated for publication that he had occupied the building ap proximately one year. It was built especially for him by "Logan Broth ers. t He did not know the value of the cars stored in his. place, for. he stated, some of them had been re-1 moved diiring the morning. -".-,'--.. James, Charles.- arid v Theodore . E. Logan were aleo on theC, spot. Charles -Logan, said he had lost a - Franklin car which, had just been completely repaired this morning and which he would:- have taken -out before sight. The building was fully covered by in surance, . one' "of the .brothers assert ed. The building, built of brick, has a frontage on both Main street and North ' Washington avenue of about 75 feet while the depth is about 125 feet. ' ' The Arthur . Clarke com pany has the -agency for Buick cars in this city.' . - .' , - . - '; Following is Bodurtha's .statement,, made , with ' his bandaged hand held against his breast while watching -the fire: ''I can't' tell how .-it started. I Was "working on a car when there was a puff of flame that-seemed to "light up the . whole top floor. . Then every thing seemed, to toe 'blazing at once. I got hold of - the fire extinguisher 'but the blaze had too mupch-headway." On the wall at the entrance to the el evator, well Is. this sign: "All cars stored, at owners' risk., Not responsi ble -in case of firW . . , ' It.is not thought that any one of the 30 cars stored on .'the second floor will be extensively damaged although much water dripped on them from the floor above. . Among the cars stored there are the , Buick and Franklin models and; the . Franklin "' truck I which were part of Mr. Clark's exhibits at the Bridgeport automobile show last week. . - - ,, ' Chief Mooney warmly complimented his men for their efficient work, es pecially those v men who handled the lines of hose in the blazing top, floor. POLICE COMRADES ACCOMPANY FALLON FUNERAL CORTEGE Two platoons of ' police in command of Captains Redgate and John Regan, solemnly marched through the center of the oity this morning before the casket which contained the body of their late comrade, John- Fallon, es-. corting it as far as the Stratford ave nue bridge on its way to St. Michael's cemetery. ; With Sergeants James , Walker and John McGirr, the escort was composed of: Policemen C. Campana, J. Corri gan, ' S. MicCuIlough, McCarthy, P. Burns, McGovern, Flynn, Rogers, Con nary, Miller, E. Wheeler, Schulz, Lund berg, P. Campana, Malone, Herb, Keough, T. - Griffin, J. P. Coughlin, Bolger, Tailey, Weller, Kraft' and Mc Guire. '-' Hundreds who had known John Fal lon, whose 5 death occurred - Monday morning at the age of 72 years, attend ed the funeral services at 8:30 o'clock this morning from his late residence, Tl Harral avenue, and from St- Augus tine's church at 9 o'clock. , Schmidt's solemn high mass" was sung by Rev. James B.' Nlhill, assisted by Rev. J. J. Kennedy - as deacon and Rev. Edward V. Murray as sub-deacon. . A quartet composed - of Mrs. F. J. Kelly, . Miss Aurelia Berger, J. J. Ken nedy and A. , F. Brisbois sang "Pie J esu, 'at the offertory, and after the mass, Miss Berger sang 'Beautiful Land On High." ; - The floral offerings were unusually beautiful and numerous, and attested the great esteem with which the de ceased policeman was held. -The pall bearers were Eugene Birming ham, superintendent of police. Captain William Anderson, Lieutenant Quinli van, Doorman James Hatpin,' Police man James H. Sulivai and Court Offi cer Christopher Finnegan. Father Nihill read the committal service at the grave.- ' I SUMMARY OF TODAY'S WAR NEWS - Another British steamer has been sent to the bottom by a Ger man submarine within" the war . zone established by the decree of, the German admiralty. The Oak by was torpedoed off Rye but her crew was rescued. The loss of . . the Oakby apparently was men tioned in a despatch from Lydd, , Eng;,' last night though her name was not announced. ' i In the fighting around Prazas nysz, northern. Poland, which has become the storm center of. the eastern campaign, 1,200 Russians have been captured, the German war office announced today. Rus- . sian forces succeeded in effecting a passage of the Bobr river at two , places but in one of the resultant engagements . are said to have . been driven back. ' On the western front there has .been fighting in Champagne and - the Vosges. Today's official com munication - from Berlin states ' i that several violent attacks made : by the French' were repulsed. ' : Along the East Prussian bor der, in northern Poland, sonie of the fiercest engagement, of the -campaign in the east are taking .' place. An official statement from Petrograd reported that in these battles villages .changed, hands several times. Three Ger man attacks on Przasnysz where OFFICIAL HEPOETS ON TEE WAR 1 GERMAN ' Berlin, Feb. : 24.- The ' offlcial report on the progress of the war given out in Berlin today says the Russians, have ! succeeded ' "in crossing the Bobr river in northern Poland in two places. "In the western -theatre or war: Near Perthes, In Champagne, French infan try divisions yesterday made an at tack ori , several places. "Violent hand-to-hand fighting took place., which ev erywhere resulted in. faver o-tlie Ger mans. The enemy . suffered - heavy losses and was -driven back to his po sitions. ' .', . , "-"" ..,-'' v "In , the Vosges, Germah - attaoks against Sulzern and MueEbach, east of Stosweier, made progress. In the en gagements during the last few days we made 500 prisoners. , ' . . "Otherwise, nothing important has occurred on the western front. " "Eastern theatre of , war: A new Russian advance from r Grodno was easily repulsed. 'Southeast of Angus tow the Russians .crossed the Bobr riv er in - two . places. Near Sstabin they have already been driven bacli. Near Kraznyborg, the - engagement contin ues. - ' -'- , 1 : '..'.". 1 '-: ' . ..'.,-; '. "Near Przasnyszf 1,200 Russians were made prisoners and two cannon were taken. A Russian night attack east of Skiernieweice was repulsed." - COMLEY BALKS AT ENDORSEMENT OF PENSION MEASURE Argues That Hamill Bill Does Not Give All Federal Employes Same Show - Special to The Farmer.) , Hartford,- Feb. 24. Senator Wil-, liam . H. Comley, Jr., of Bridgeport started a long "debate on the propos ed endorsemnet , of the Hamill bill, which is, before Congress, to-day, when he expressed himself as not, fa voring the. measure. The Hamill 'bill is a measure relating to the pensions of government civil service employes.' "Extravagant and unwise," is the way Senator Couiley termed the bill. He said it singled out certain men for pensions and that the proper policy Is to give an equal opportunity to all employes. - . s Before ; the debate, Senator Magee read the preamble, which testified that the Senate is In' accordance with the Hamill bill. , , It was the suggestion of Senator Parcel! of Hartford, that the meas ure be made the order of the day;" to morrow at 11:45 o'clock, after Sena tor ' Magee objected to the bill on the ground that adoption of the preamble means that Connecticut will be placed on record as favoring the bill. , The . Hamill bill has been approv ed by postal employes and others. At the hearing held recently, several Bridgeport men appeared in favor of the bill. , - The Senate tabled, after a long dis cussion, the bill regulating the pracr tice of professional nursing. A feat ure of the bill is that the term of service necessary before a nurse may be admitted to registry, is reduced from eight to five years by a clause in the measure.. The ,bill was re cently given a hearing and several Bridgeport physicians and others ap peared at the committee meeting.- The amendment of Senator Bishell, striking out the clause that requires candidates for trained nursing to have one year of high school training or the equivalent thereof, was tabled with the bill. ... House Passes Act Giving Privileges to New Country Club " (Special to The Farmer.) -Hartford, Feb.'; 24. The act amend ing the charter of the Country club of Fairfield was ipassed in the House to the conflict is sharpest, are said to have been repulsed. A Ber- -lin despatch states that it is re-, ported ,there that "further ob stacles have arisen" to prevent an "invasion of Russia. The correspondent of p. Paris newspaper- estimates that the Germans lost 50,000 men in the fighting in the north. - ' In the Carpathians the series of, detached battles ' continues 1,1 with no sign of a conclusion. " The ' Russian . war office " announced that .Austrian attacks at , several points were repulsed with losses for the attacking forces which are described as enormous. It is claimed that, during the last month more than 48,000 Aus trians have 'been captured. It was announced officially' in Berlin that a British transport ' had been sunk off Beachy Head, Eng. " The location and time given make it probable, however, that the Berlin . announcement' has reference to the sinking of 'the n'aval collier which was made known last, night. ' A report from French sources , is that the Rumanian army will take the field in April. The Ru manian minister to London, ac . cording to this unconfirmed ' statement, will shortly presenx to. the , British government a com- . munication to this effect. RUSSIAN Petrograd, Feb. 24 The desperate resistance offered by the' 20th corps of the Russian army to the advance of the Germans in East' Prussia after it had been cut off from the lOtharmy corps, is described in an official com munication issued' here last - night. The report is based upon information received from various ipdividuals be longing to this- corps who. managed to -escape. The Russians .fclaim that althoughr tfiese trdoys. wer surround ed by a German army in the territdry between Goldap and Suwalki, they In tagonists. They repelled 'ttacks on flicted heavy, losses upon their an four ' fronts "until- their strength was completely, exhausted.'' - ' , FRENCH Paris, Feb. 24 The Trench -war office this afternoon gaVe out a re port - on thei progress of the fight ing which reads as follows: - . -, "With the exception' of a few suc cessful actions on' the' part , of our troops,. near Auberide-Sur-Suippe, nothing ' of importance has occurred since the giving out of communica tion of last night. We " have made further progress to tha north of Perthes." ;. - . , , ". - ' ' - . .; , day after an extended debate. One of the arguments presented for the adop tion of the amendment declared that the . Cpuntry club members plan to transform an ' unsightly mud .flat on the, Southport beach, into a beautiful tract of park land., ., r "The amendment gives the club the right to dredge about 1,700 feet of wa terfront, presumably for a steam yacht and sailing vessel haven.. Representa tive Sturges of Westport asked if the privileges of the public to dig clams, swim, and boat, would 'be curtailed by the grant of the amendment, and Rep resentative - Clitus K. King replied in the negative. . Representative Stoddard of .Woodbridge volunteered that the amendment appeared to toe establish ing special privileges. Representative Huxlord of Stamford explained that there was no objection at the hearing before the committee.;. ; ' The House passed a measure relat ing to the time of levying taxes in Mil ford and Stratford,- and a bill estab lish a department of finances in" Mil ford was approved. . EXCISE BATTLE AT CAPITOL TO OPEN MARCH 9 ' (Special to The Farmer.) Hartford, Feb. 24 The time of the hearings before the excise committee was announced this afternoon. About 30 bills have been introduced, which relate to excise matters, the chief of which is one limiting the number of licenses to J 1,000 and raising the fee for a license. Two1 days will be devoted to public hearings, Those favoring Jthe matters before the committee will appear March 9 and those opposed, March 10. . ' .. The comtnittee on the consolidation of state commissions and reorganizing public health laws, is holding a hear ing this afternoon in relation to, the state police, barbers' examinations and embalmers' examinations. Michael Finnell of Bridgeport was at the Cap itol today as a member f the legis lative committee of ,the Barbers' un ion, jto oppose the abolition of the bar bers' examinations. , Before the "committee on forfeited rights this afternoon, a hearing will be given the. petitions for reinstate ment of Percy L. Johnson, Alexander L. Gilmore, James Sinclair, and Ed ward Lamontaine. A Bridgeport dele gation is present, : ! The judiciary committee will hear Sidney W. Challenger of Bridgeport, this afternoon on a bill prohibiting baseball pools. The bill provides for a heavy penalty for violation of the proposed law. . , Second American Vessel, Like First, Is Victim of : Folly of Skipper In Neg lecting to Follow Instruc tions As to Hazard of Course. Germany Issues New Advica As to Shipping In the War Zone, That Craft May Not Be Needlessly Exposed to Dangers. London, Feb. 24. -The Brit ish steamer Oakby was torpe doed by a German submarine off Rye yesterday. ISer crew was rescued by a fisbing smack' and landed at Ramsgate to-day. London, Ffeb. 24. The offi cial bureau announced this af ternoon that the Clan Manen augh ton,, an armed merchant cruiser, is missing. The vessel was last heard from Feb. 3 and it is feared that she has beeui lost. , ' An unsuccessful search has been made and wreckage sup posed , to be portions of this . ship has been recovered. The last signal rafpiyed from the 'Clan"M: -A -'was made in th ; eu.; ....or :t of Feb. 3 and it is feared, t,. -T o was lost during the bad v. er. ,' '. Two hundred and eighty-.' fl& bjlieved to .havev-lqsi ti, . lives when the Clan . Aiaxie naughton went down. - Berlin, Feb. 24 Official announce ment was made last night that the British transport No. 192 was sunk by a German submarine off Beachy Head at .4:45 - o'clock, yesterday af ternoon. - A despatch last night from New haven, .England, stated that 18 mem bers of .the crew of th Cardiff steam er' Brahkstome Chine, a government collier, had ''landed there and an nounced . the sinking of their vessel either by a. mine or a torpedo in the English Channel 20 miles , south east of Beachy Head, about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Ths proba bly is the vessel to which the Berlin announcement refers. - Washington, Feb. 24. Official no tice of the sinking of the American steamer Carib was received at the , state department in this message from American Minister Van Dyke .at The Hague: . "Carib' reported . sunk in North Sea . outside route prescribed by Germany's instructions." : , London, Feb. 24 What with sub- ; marines and mines, the situation in the waters surrounding Great Britain , continues to furnish fresh develop- , ments involving ships of neutrals in. , both Europe 'and America. A second ! American steamer Carib has gone to the bottom of the North Sea with a valuable cargo of cotton and two Bri tish steamers have been torpedoed in. Wxe last 24 hours. As a precaution England has closed the entrance to the Irish, Channel excepting a narro ,v strip near the coast in which naviga tion will be permitted only in day light. , These restrictions are pattern ed after those enforced in the English, Channel some time ago. The Scandinavian countries, of which Norway already has lost four ships, are trying hard to , find some solution of the problem, but so far without result although it is purposed tentatively to provide some sort of a naval convoy for their craft. The matter is to be discussed further. The crew of the American steamer, Carib, which was sunk by a mine is reported from German sources to , have been saved but the whereabouts of the sailors is a mystery. It was reported, also, that part of ( the crew of the American steamer ! Evelyn, sunk by a mine off the Ger man coast, was being taken to Hoi-1 land. There are indications that the al lied fleets in the Mediterranean ore attacking the forts along the Darda nelles in earnest. Though no details have been received relative to the; re cent bombardment, the statement of the British admiralty referring to "the interruption of operations" on account of weather conditions, indi cates that the fleet i3 still standing by awaiting favorable opportunity to , renew the action. Germany is still celebrating Field Marshal Von Hindenburg's advance over the Russian frontier from Ea.pt Prussia, but official statements claim no marked progress since the Rus sians fell back on' their fortified line. In certain districts of East I'russia formerly held by the Russian invad ers, German civilians have been no- : tified to return to their homes. Master Pmnibors Are Convicted Of Violation of the Sherman Law Des Moines, "la., Feb. 24. Thirty six master plumbers who have be on on trial here since February 10 it- charges of violating the Shermin ; trust law, were convicted by a ritrv ! j the federal district court toiMtv. Jur7t John C. Pollock will pass Kntecn i later, "