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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS LAKE CO. FEELS IT'S ON EVE OF GREAT BUSINESS Annual Election of Officers Results in No Change in . , " Organization SEVEN PER CENT. FOR 1STPREFERRED STOCK BANKRUPT DELIA FOUND TO HAVE SWORN FALSELY v . '- y. Referee Banks Refuses To iDischarge Bicycle Dealer ' From Bankruptcy J CREDITORS SCORE - VICTORY IN COURT RIDGE AT DERBY J J Li y i Li l-A L J u uu 0VERH00SAT0NI0 REPORTED UNSAFE mmm Uillions of Dollars Worth of Business in Prospect At " Home and Abroad At the annual meetog of the lake Torpedo Boat Col, yesterday, at which the .present management was re-elect-ed,- there wan e. general -air", of sonfl denee that the concern is on the eve "of ' a year of unexampled prosperity. The company" feels that : its expert knowledge in the manufacture ot sub marines, a product which" involves a high degree of specialization, the great demand for i such a. type of fighting craft will bring it many rich Orders. The following statement of the do ings of the meeting was issued by the company: ; - :- Y'1- " ' - "The Lake .TbrpedSo"' Boat company . "at its "anual meeting for the-: election o fofficers,-"elected, yesterday: - Chair . man, - Fired Brown Whitney,-an Amer ican'' international "" lawyer,-' Washing ton, D. C, president, Herbert 3. Mil ler, late -treasurer IMehl Manufactur ing nf New York: vice-president, Simon Lake, inventor,' Milford, Conn.; treasurer, Frank Miller, president City National bank, Bridgeport, Conn. sec retary and assistant treasarw, C. EL Adams, Bridgeport; v CJonn. 'The man aging director is RC H. M. Robinson. ex-naTal -constructor,- .United- States ,navy, -Ite other directors ' are Leb beus B. MUler, " an ex-director of the Singer company and one of the foun ders of the Babcock : & Wilcox Co., of Elizabeth, N. J.;, Henry J. Miller, pat etn attorney. Singer Co., of Elizabeth, . 3ST. j".; Foster M. Voorhees, ex-governor of New Jersey; .Captain ,C. I- Wallace, Bridgeport. Conn.; and Mercer I. Blond el. patent attorney, Bridgeport, Conn. .. . ' t . -,r :. - ..: - The regular seven -per cent, cumular tive dividend was . declared upon the company's . first preferred stock. : The. company ''is., now expending ovex $40,0)00 upon plant extensions and has tentative plana for farther exten sions, i r " ' 1 .. .-4-' - - - i-"-" "The company . has tn (hand, orders for over $3,300,000 and foreign inquiries for over . 115,000,000, some of which may. be- undertaken, for construction Jn the United St4tes, tn ; the event i certain confidential matters re favorably Bot tled. ' A" ---r-- "This week, one foreign country .ap propriated " '- tor twenty-eight sutaia- : rinea, some of which are authorized to : be built in the ttaited States and prob- a-Dly XXrta will oe aone, wuenever u international law situation is cleared . up. So far as the company knows the present tentative plans of various gov-' ernments call for over two hundred submarines, to ost, say, ow,ne hun dred million dollars. '..'-' ,: i . '' "In . the entire .world ; there are only, about two -submarine companies which, can handle 'this business under existing- conditions. -.',' .,-.. "The senate naval bin, this , week, provided for sixteen coast - defense submarines and five seagoing twenty fflve or more knots submarines ;tb cost about sixteen million dollars..: zl : "The: LaTce company- will not under take anv foreign business which may : Interfere with- supplying this .country whatever" is desired.; . . .; - ."This situation is a most serious one, because the world demand' will' exceed lor several years uie araianie supply . of submarines because the industry is a. specialty in which comparatively, only a feware xperienoed:" - ICE BREAKS UP IN CONN. RIVER FLOOD FEARED Hartford, Feb. 25 With a freshet j of something over eight feet, in the ( Connecticut river and. rising steadily, ! the local weather forecaster received word today that the ice in the north 1 ern stretches of the river, was break -: Ing : up- and would reach this city : some time tomorrow, night or'Satur ' day morning with a probable acceler ated rises in water. Reservoirs were down to less than 500,000 gallons the first of the year" when the city faced a water famine are now nearly filled to capacity. - SPECIAL SESSION if. OF CONGRESS KOW SEEMS PROBABLE Washington, Feb. 25. Possibilities of . an extra session of, the "Senate alone after Mrarch 4 for consideration of treaties and nominations were, being discussed today among administration leaders land while White Bouse offi cials refused ,to say. any thing on the subject it was known that President Wilson is giving it consideration. -, Officials-fear confirmation of the fed eral trade commission will be delayed. The - President, i it was said, has no thought of an ' extra session of . Con gress as .a, whole. Special sessions of the Senate, hitherto have ttoeen to con firm 'nominations of cabinet officers. - There ; will be a regular monthly meeting -of the Odd Fellows'" associa tion board of control, tonight in Odd Fellows"? building. .: President W. T. Meyer will be in the chair. New and routina business is to come before the meeting and action taken on sev matters, of importance. - . Opposed His Release From Obligation Alleging He Gave False. Testimony : Yr ' Y - ' ' ' - ? -Creditors of ' Joseph Delia, who claimed he swore falsely during the recent sensational bankruptcy pro ceedings, won' a victory today when Referee John W, Banks recommend ed that .Delia be denied a discharge from bankruptcy. Referee Banks found- that the first and third ' objec tions against Delia's discharge should be sustained: ,i - C The two charges were , that Delia had made false oath and swore, false ly before the. referee when he denied owing certain bills. Assistant Prose cutor John , P. Gray represented sev eral creditors who opppsed Delia's discharge. .'. . 1 .' ',; -....;..:- , Delia's ease preved, startling.- be cause It was accompanied by charges of blackmail against Ralph '-: Borino and Leonard JMainero and also because of the testimony given at the : bank ruptcy hearings. It was charged that Borino " and "iMainero went' to Delia and promised to fix the case with At torneys Gray and Meltzer for $300.! State Policeman Verilli and Detective Dooley,' who had a '- dictagraph in the next room, heard the conversation and after Mainero and Borino had, taken :? 100 from . Delia they were "lu-rested. ' Delia conducted . a bicycle store in Pembroke street and during the bank ruptcy - proceedings ' his creditors charged that he transferred stock' to his brother, and. also bought goods from firms when he knew he was in solvent. -. .. . EKPECT TO RAISE $10,000 tr: public -OPLIFPCAMPAIall General Committee to Han dle Plan and Scope Per fects Organization v A pubiio welfare campaign in which an , energetio - effort. -; will bo made, to raise $10,000 with which- to meet the 1915 budgets of the "Charity Organization society and the : Hons-' ing Association, starts next 'Monday and ' continues through seven days. A hundred men or more, most :: of them church fe roth erhood members .who will, in this way performa commun ity welfare service, will be, organized in "teams" and during the .campaign will '.'storm the city" for subscrip tions.' . The general - committee completed its organization this morning, ; and It is made up as follows: Chairman, J aines G. Xudlum ; - vice-chairman, David S. Day; treasurer, Frederick Rhbdes; Waldo C. Bryant, Harold B. Converse, E. C. Dana, George C. Ed wards, Rev. H. Xj. Gallaudet; William J. Grippin,- Clarence' W, Foote, ' Wil liam P. Kirk, W. Seymour Lacey, Al bert B.- Davery, Paul Lu Miller, John W. : Meore, Rev. J. B. Nihill, Jacob Nilson, Wilbur A. VSmith, Frank T. Staples, Harrison Q. Streester,' Wil liam ; R. Webster, D: , C. Warner,: Wil liam Webb. Lannes .McPhetridge, of Indianapolis, will direct , the publicity. In a statement issued to the pub lic by the' general committee,. It was said that investigation has shown that the hoards of directors of the Charity Organization Society and Housing Association have for . a year ' been carrying? burdens that are too heavy, the directors uncomplaining doing their' public work from a sense of civio duty. "It is not fair," the 'state ment said, "to , expect the fifty- or more men and women on these two boards to go on with the overload. Since they are acquainted with their plans and have mapped out their pol icies for the future, the best help that can ' be given them is to relieve them of. the task of raising, funds to meet. their budgets for 1915 and this can best be done by appealing to the pub lic for subscriptions. . j. "Both organizations ara now en tering their second year. They have proven their-worth to the whole city. They are doing a much needed work for all Bridgeport, and in going on with it they should not have to be interrupted by the work of seeking subscriptions , from time to time as the treasury gets low, - as they have had to do in the past. There are com paratively few people in Bridgeport who have contributed to the, two or ganizations, whilef every one in the city who is able should give some thing, for everyone is reaping trie benefits." .- ' ; - The general committee , is organiz ing its working forces into ten "teams" of subscription seekers, and a large number of the volunteers will be from church brotherhoods. The first meeting of these workers is to be held next Monday night, at a place yet to be chosen. 1 PRIEST BRAVE IX DEATH! : Paris, Feb. 25. The Rev. Frere Jean Baptlste Jeanmarie, who died of wounds received in the battle of Vrigny Nov. 12, was the 81st of the Redemptorist Brothers killed In this War. "I am not afraid to die ; I shall only regret not to have been able to say mass" were his last words. WEATHER FORECAST Ffeir and colder tonight and Fri- 1 day; fresb west gales. Special Investigating Com mitee Files Findings in ' General Assembly BENNETT SEES NEED OF ACTION AT ONCE Senate Gets Bill to Abolish Banking and Building i and Loan Boards ; (Special to The Farmer.) Hartford, Feb. 25. That the bridge across the Housatonic river between Derby and Sheltoh is unsafe for heavy tmvel nd should- be rebuilt or strengthened, Is the substance of a report, offered in the House today, by a special investigation committee. ' The report, which was referred to ' the committee on roads, bridges and rivers, Included a statement from Highway Commissioner Bennett, who advised- the,( investigators in his ca pacity as an engineer. ' - Mr. Bennett's " report said ' that the bridge is"; in a '.very poor condition, mainly from the j fact that the floor system has rotten away " in several places and also because the bridge is generally subject to extreme vibration from loads passing over' it.: He says that the engineer . who examined the bridge says it - is -, impossible to - say Just how long the bridge will be safe for travel. ' Mr. Bennett says that "he Is constrained to say that the, bridge is unsafe and should be rebuilt or mate rially strengthened. The first of the proposed measures for the consolidation, of . state boards and commissioners . made its appear ance ; in the general assembly today wheri .a favorable report was made by the committee on. banks to the Senate on .the bill to' consolidate the bank commissioners and the building and loan commissioner. The bill provides for a single-headed commision with a salary of $5,000,. appointment to be .by the governor for four years with the advice and consent of the Senate. The disposition of the legislature to permit the present game laws to re main .unchanged was indicated today when the House rejected an unfavor able report on all bills introduced, to change conditions under which wood cock, partridge, quail, snipe and shore blrs"mayb6 bagged.-.t: "':' ; ".:' In the Senate, a - favorable - report was made on Jhe bill to consolidate the Hartford Business Men's associa tion and the Hartford Board of Trade. Other favorable reports In this branch were those on 1)1118 requiring treasur ers of savings banks to publish at least once a year in the local newspapers a list of depositors and their deoosita wnose accounts have not een changed J t,iL,ii, fiv j o , i-3g-ui4Lujig- ine sale of mattresses and pillows, requiring a printed form on . each" to show how made and what it contains and wheth er or not it is "made over." OUCE CHORE BOY,7 IliilERITS FORTUNE ; FROM EMPLOYERS Two Women "Manifest Ap Y. preciation of ' Fairfield Farmers Fidelity : (Special to The Farmer1.) .1 Fairfield, Feb. 25. "Tears of fidel ity in the employ of Mrs. Marv A Lacey, of the Plattsvllle district, have brought a substantial reward to Ed. ward Lu Cullen, a young man now en trusted with the management of the $Lacey farm. 1 . ' -. Under the terms of the will of Mrs. Lacey. who died, aged 99. a few davn ago,. Cullen is to becptne the sole own er of the Lacey farm, and also is to have all but J4.700 of the extensive personal estate of the deceased. Mrs. Lacey death places into pos session of Cullen other property, be queathed to him by, a deceased daugh ter of Mrs. Lacey, the life use - of which had been given to Mrs. Lacey. - Cullen entered, the employ of Mrs. Lacey when he was a small boy. From doing shores about ' the place, he grew into the management" of the farm,' and through his fidelity and consideration for Mrs. Lacey and her daughter, Mrs: Eugenia G. Hallock, he won their lasting friendship. The death of Mrs. Hallock, several years ago, removed the last close relative- of Mrs. Lacey, who, though nearing the century . mark, retained her faculties to a remarkable degree. With almost filial devotion, , Cullen provided, for the, nonagenarian's wants so considerately that she made him her residuary legatee. The Lacey farm Is one of the fin est in Plattsville, situated- on a con spicuous cross roads, with an attrac tive home and substantial outbuild ings. ; Other bequests in the Lacey will are: $2,000 to Alva B Meeker,: of Newtown, son of Bradley-B. and Mary B. Meeker, the latter a deceased niece of the testatrix; $2,000 to Alva B. Meeker's sister, Alice M. Sturges; $200 to a nephew, Theodore. Sherwood, 2,439 Fairfield avenue, Bridgeport; and $500 to the Stratfleld burial as sociation for the maintenance of the burial pots of . the Lacey and Sher wood families. - . . Judge Morris B. Beardsley of Bridgeport who was executor of her daughter's will is executor of fclrs. La cey's will. He qualified in the Fair field , proba.te court under $i5, 000 bond. While the exact value of the' property to come into 1 Cullen's pos session will not be known until ap praisers report an inventory, it is generally believed that- the Lacey es tate will net him not far from $15, 000 and that the previous bequests from Mrs. Hallock amount to sever al thousand. L SUMMARY OF ODAY'S WAR MWS -- Another important victory over the Russians was announc ed today by the German war of fice in the .capture of the Polish ,-city of Przasnysz. The heaviest : fighting in northern Poland since - the expulsion . Of the Russians from East Prussia has occurred in the vicinity of this city. Petrograd has not yet con firmed the report., The French and German official communica tions of "today indicate that the calm oh the western front is un broken. 1 French ' ' attacks in Champaigne - continue - without .. important results. ' A declaration in the House of Commons today by Sir Edward Grey constituted -perhaps the most important de- velopment since the opening of - the war. - The - foreign secretary announced that Great Britain was ' in sympathy ' with Russia's aspiration for access to the sea. . He referred to Russia's hope iof , obtaining Constantinople as a re ' suit of the war with Turkey. The second week; of Germany's submarine campaign opened to day with the loss ' of two more British ships.. The 1 Western Coast and Deptf ord were sunk ' off the English coast either by - mines or torpedoes. v- 1 , e GERMAN Berlin, Feb. 26. The town of Przasnysz, Russian Poland, was yes-' terday taken, by storm by German for ces, according .to the official announce ment given out in Berlin to day.- - The Germans captured' ,10,000 Russian prisoners).' ' -' ' ' The report is dated Feb. 25 and reads as follows: "In . the western, arena, of the war: In Champagne the enemy yesterday continued his desperate efforts which, in spite of the strong forces angageL. Were absolutely withoufrsfcuccesa. Oth erwise there has been nothing of Im portance on the western front." "In the eastern arena: engagments on the Memel, Bobr and Narew rivers continue. . The town of Przasnysz in Russia. Poland. which had been exten sively fortified was stormed yesterday by the east .Prussian , reserves. After sl stubborn fight we were victorious. capturing more than 10,000 prisoners, over 20 cannon, a large number of Manhein guns and ' large Quantity of war materials. :4, - "In ; other , engagements , , fought north of the river Vistula during the past few days we have taken , 5,000 Russian prisoners. .. In Poland south of the "Vistula, tbe Russians advanced to Mogilly which is southeast of Boli mow and occupied this position. Their forces in this movement-outnumbered ours five to one. Otherwise there is nothing of importance to report in thl3 region. It Is characteristic that the commander of the 5 6th - Russian reserve, division, taken prisoner .at Augustowo asked German officers whether it is true that Antwerp was being besieged ,by 1 the Germans and soon would fall." ; When the situation on the western front was explained to this Russian officer he refused to be lieve that the German western artil lery was on French' soil." RUSSIAN ) Petrograd.Feb.25. The escape from a ring of German troops of two regi7 ments of the 92th Russian division who were surrounded during the re treat from East Prussia, is recorded in art official communication given out by the general' staff last night. . It is stated that the Germans are making WOULD KILL WIFE, SELF AND FRIEND Following the discharge of Wybert Peters, 3 East Main Court from the Bridgeport hospital to-day, where he has. been under treatment for bullet wounds inflicted on Monday last by John ' Powers, the police have ascer tained that Powers was insanely jeal ous and intended not only to kill Pe ters and Mrs. Powers, but also intend ed to kill himself. - A letter confessing his jealousy and intended" acts, written to his mother before the commission , of the crime, together with a Revolver, and extra cartridges were to-day found buried beneath an overturned boat ' in the yard of the Powers home on East Main street. '" In statements made to the police to day, Peters told how he had first heard Powers say, "Peters I got; you!' This was followed by a - shot 'which" missed the mark and buried itself in the wall near ' a mirror. Peters ran for a closet and Powers fired twice, the first bullet glancing off his thigh and the second Imbedding Itself in the fleshy part of the hip.. Upon his return home today Pe ters began a search for the revolver and with the aid of two boys, found It buried under the boat. Alongside was a letter, several loaded cartridges and two empty shells. ' The letter later placed in possession., of ' the de tective department is addressed in side, to Power's mother and father in Pnovidence and tells of his marital troubles and his intention of killing y OFFICIAL REPORTS ON TEE WAR j The Deptf ord, a 'small coastal steamer, was sunk off the Eng lish coast by a mine or a torpedo. Previously 10 vessels, seven of -them British, had been sent to the bottom. Germany apparently is preparing to extend the field of these operations for three stib ' marines have been sent to Austria presumably for use in the Adriat- t ic and Mediterranean. Germany's claim to an over whelming victory in Prussia re sulting in the virtual annihilation of the Russian 10th army, is denied categorically by the Rus sian, .general staff. The admis sion is made that two army corps suffered,; heavily during ' the re- treat but the remaining corps are said to have escaped from the ; ' German surrounding " movement. " Efforts Of the Germans to clinch their victory, by striking a deci sive "blow in northern Poland ' are) , leading' to continuous battles all along this section of the front, the outcome of which the Russian staff does not attempt to f ore- -. cast. : Hardly, less intense is the cam-' paign in the Carpathians. The Petrograd announcement claims successes for the Russians, in small engagements. continuous attacks all along the front from the Bobr district at Jedwabno as far as the Vistula in the region of Bodzamow. Minor successes for the Russians in the Carpathians are claim ed as the result of desperate fighting. The communication says: "In the Augustowo forest, two regi ments of the 29th division, who had been surrounded during the retreat broke through the enaenys lines and rejoined our forces. Patrols, of the enemy are attempting to cross to the lght bank of the Niemen. - ''Fighting is becoming ; very intense in the Przasnysz region on the left DanK or, the Vistula. ' "There has been-. desperate fighting east of LupkogfPass in the Carpath ians. ',..-'. "We captured three links of trench es on a height which is almost a precipice. The Germans defended the heights and were all killed or- taken prisoners. ! . "We checked the offensive of Im portant forces, of the enemy at Dollne and Salitch Roads on the right bank or fhe Roszanka. , "We made progress on February 22 in certain engagements of secondary importance against the Turks. In the region of Trans-Tchoruk the" Turks at tempted an advance movement which was repulsed with heavy losses. Y FRENCH Paris,' Feb. 26 At the war office this afternoon ' the following state ment was given out: v - "Near Lombaertzyde our -artillery demolished a blockhouse and some of the enemy's trenches. "In Champagne we have main tained the new position which k we won yesterday. AH of the enemy's counterattacks were .repulsed. Our aviators, threw 60 bombs on railway stations, trains and ""concentration of the enemy. , This , bombardment was very effective. ; a "In the Argonne, at Mas si, the en emy made an , attack which . was checked. Between the Argonne and the Meuse, in ; the Cheppy wood we made further progress. Our heavy artillery destroyed armored shelters. The .enemy was unable to retakes trenches captured by us. "In Loraine near Parroy - there was a skirmish between patrolB, the Germans being put to flight." Mrs. Powers, Peters and himself. In a statement to the police today Peters told how he had been carried to a couch by neighbors after ha had been shot, and expressed himself that Powers would have carried his mur derous plans into effect had it not been for the arrival of those residing in the vicinity after the first shot was fired. POLICEMAN SLAitl Ifl STREET; RIVAL ON FORCE IS HELD Jersey City, N. J., Feb. 25. Charles Hill,, a policeman, was shot and killed on post here today and Victor Cash, another policeman of the same pre cinct, was arrested to await the out come of an investigation into the mur der." Detectives assert that Hill and Cash had been enemies for some time. Hill's body was found lying-- in the Street with five bullet wounds in it. Income Tax Returns Must Be . Filed Not Later Than March 1 But a few more days remain for the filing of the ineome tax returns. All returns must be In the local Internal revenue office in the Federal building not later than March 1,. before clos ing time. . Any forms required in filing may be procured through the mails or by calling at that office. Two sailors of the destroyer Whipple were drowned at San Diego when the rowboat which they man ned was struck by, a propeller of the vessel. . El" I J I B I 4 F. 1 I S I 1 B if 1 I ' 'S3 p. "3 . Small Coastal SteamersAre Mined or Torpedoed1 Off British Coast With Slight Casualties Heavy Battle in Russian Poland Results in ' Capture of 10,000 Prisoners, is Official Claim in Berlin England Plans New Moves Against V "Submarine' War." London, Feb. 25 Two more British merchantmen have; been sunk within the past 24 hours in the German blockade of England. Y'Y" ' Announcement yas made today that the steamer Deptford,: 230 feet long arid 1,208 hjns, was sunk by; a torpedo or mine' in the North Sea off Scarborough yesterday' afternoon! One j sailor was lost, and the rest of the crew of 15 escaped in small ; boats, X - " V '' - The coasting steamer. Western Coast has been sunk in thej English channel, of Bescy1 Head, it was announced today. IIer; crew was saved. It is not known whether the Western Coasti hit a mine or was torpedoed. - , Vessel Goes Down Quickly. The engineer of thevDeptford says he was on duty in .the ; stokehold at the time the explosive in-the torpedo head or mine rent the Deptford in twain. He says' he saw a flash of blue flame shoot up from the bottom of the! ship and through her deck, r The force of the explosion threw himdown violently; and stunned him. He managed to reach the deck,' however, as the vessej was heeling and just as the lifeboat was being launched It was the carpenter of the'Deptford who lost his life..', ". YY. Y" V '"'Y' ' Y , After hours in an open and leaking boat irr a snowstorm which caused them to suffer acutely1 the men say they signalled a steamer but no notice was taken of their appeal. . Later, how ever, thy encountered the steamer Fulgens which picked them up. and . brought them Jnto South Shields. Some members of the, crew say they saw the wake of a submarine after the Deptford was struck. TEN THOUSAND RUSSIANS TAKEN PRISONERS : IN POLAND BATTLE v :' ; -V: ..-' ; " . y" r ' - ' . V Berlin, Feb. 25 Ten thousand Russians were captured yes terday'by the German forces in the town of Przasnysz, , Russian Poland, according to an official-statement issued here today. - The town, which -had been strongly fortified, fell after a terrific bombardment and charge by j.he Prussian reserves. According to the official statement, in addition to 10,000 prisoners, there, were captured twenty cannon and a number .of other field pieces. . Y 0 , , , ', ENGLAND CONSIDERS NEW MOVES IN ANSWER TO "SUBMARINE WAR" London, Feb. 25 The proposals Of Washington to- Great Britain and Germany, which in London are as sumed to embrace the abandonment of Germany's self -declared war zone and the. adoption toy the belligerents of some definite policy regarding foodstuffs to the civilian populations, have noticeably Quickened the public interest both in this country and In Germany In this delicate diplomat-' ic situation. ' The British press, aff a. general thing, , is restrained in tone but the average Englishman plainly resents what he considers a hint at the at tempt to interfere with , the block ade. In the meanwhile ancl; in spite of the sinking of four more Brit ish merchantmen, involving the loss of four lives, ' Great Britain still holds "off from declaring ,)!bod de stined to Germany to be contraband. It is believed that if this step .is taken it -will be postponed until the American proposal has Jbeein dis cussed at length. Just what this proposal is the pub lic neither here noi; in Berlin is aware. Its only information lias been gleaned from the meagre and qualified despatch from Washington. There would seem to be -- no doubt, however, that Great Britain will re serve the right to declare food to -be contraband at any time she deems it necessary, especially as Germany's socalled blockade has been enforced with all the power Germany has at her command for a week past. How the British cabinet feels about this matter would appear to have have been plainly indicated by the statement made by Foreign Secretary Grey, -Premier Asquith and Forst Lord of the Admiralty Churchill, all of whpm have more than hinted that drastic retaliatory measures might be expected at any moment. Now that the Russians have made a stand on their own soil the fighting in the eastern arena' of the . war is resolving itself into a mass of. con tradictory statements and counter claims. The German claims of a victory In Russian Poland are cir cumstantial and detailed. The Rus sians denials, while emphatic, are sweeping and general. ' It would appear from despatches reaching London that at the present moment neither the Austrians nor the Germans are making headway any where in the line from the Baltic to the" Carpathians, British observers are calling attention to the fact that there apparently has been nb decisive, battle at the northern extremity of the line to prove whether the report ed German advance will be lasting or not. - . WAR IN EAST BRINGS ' CONFLICTING CLAIMS Petrograd, Feb. 2 5. The Germans aDoear to have concentrated large forces near Przasnysz which is now the center of their attack in the re gion of the Vistula. The action about OsSpwetz, which had been the chief point of attack by the Germans is be coming less intense. Serious fight ing also is reported from further to the north at Shtabin and Yastersemb, points between Grodno and- Augus towo but there is little information concerning the character of these ac tions. - According to official comment, the Germans have - exaggerated the mag nitude of their victories along the East Prussian front and from the Russian viewpoint the fighting - in northern Poland "is only now begin ning." " " " The rear of the Aust.ro -Germ a. n lines touches Rumania. The line of communication is maintained not from the flanks being parallel with the Car pathians. It is reported that the city of Wyszogrod, on the , Vistula, has been damaged seriously by German shells. ' . BRITISH NAVAL AVIATOR London, Feb. 25 Flight Lieut. ta.v.oou O. Downing-, of the Royal Navy Flying Corps, was killed today in a" fall from a biplane during a flight at the central flying school. DOG, PRISONER. MAKES ESCAPE. Paris, Feb. 25. Among the ambu .. pont to the front recently: by Madame Kresser, president of the , . .' Xo -Society, was "True" a, French shepherd, who was captured by "the Germans and kept in captiv ity several waaks. He managed to escape and find his way back to his kennel in Paris, a distance of over 100 , miles. ' . OFFICERS SEE WAR "MOVIES." "Vienna, Feb. 25.' Moving pictures , taken at the battle fronts are being collected and shown before generals and staff officers of the Austrian and Hungarian armies. The Austrian war, ministry has set apart quarters in the building housing the,ordinary war ar- i chiyes for the films. , These later will . form a part of the curriculum of the,; War Academy. PRESIDENT FAVORS BUYING OF JEFFERSON'S MANSION Washington, Feb. 2 5. President! Wilson to-day sent a letter to Senator ! Kern and Rep. Underwood favorinar -the passage of the resolution pen;,: in Congress for the purchase oJ -. ticello, the home of Thomas J efferscsti. .