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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 1915 PRICE TWO C HIGHEST COURT, IN FAR iAC13ING DECISION, PUTS BnrWAM. AOniTT WODFEOC Supreme Tribunal Holds That Courts Have lTo Au thority to lieview Facta Arrived at In Compensa tion Commissioners' Deci sions, --x ' - Five Dollar Uinimum Is Up held As Constitutional In ' Opinion "Which Liberally 1 Defines Term "Partial De- ",. pendency." : - rr'-y.r-::-"-'' ' "-'-"' -.- ----- The, Supreme r. Court has handed down a decision on the compensation law, which de clares that the courts have no Jurisdiction to retry questions rors of law, or; unlawful pro ceedings on-the. part of' the commissioner. By this. liberal . decision, reached by applying the prin ciples proper to the construction- of- a remdial statute, ; the compensation -act is preserved from i the possibility that deci sion under it may be made the subject of indefinite litigation, by the coniplete retrial of the case. The decision j of the oonrt .makes a . liberal definition as to what oon etltui.tes dependency, and strengthens the rwnf"' possibilities of the act. The weekly minimum of $5 is sus tetsad u a proper payment to the de pendent In the case. The court al most seeras to imply that if this min imum is open' to objection, it is be cause it is: so small. The court uses this language.: TJe General Assraoibly has thus In tsxrUcii tr-reis matte tlie-- miUrmuu- weekly payment aa ao . ooamt of death from injuries, flaw 4oCars.- Cestui derations cf, ?u t- ,' JSo policy dictated the adoption of tills minlmiim ; its wisdor 1 is' v no oar concern. "A Tntntmura , might he adopted whtoli would . . plainly violate the conti lullonal - rights of property? that ofojec : Hon has not been, and cannot be made to this provision-" , . John Powers, employed by th Ho- killed at his employment, j Commis sioner G aorga B. Chandler ; awarded . compensation to a partial ' depen dent." ' The award was confirmed by Judg Bennett in the trial court, and is now confirmed by the.--." supremo court. , The decision follows: . . f thu DECISION Appeal from the Ami tag and award of Hon. G-eorga B.' Chandler, ,- Oom penaation Commissioner for the First District, to the Superior ' Conrt in Hartfonl "county, and tried to the iceurt, Bermett" "J-'i " facts found and Judg ment rendered, dismissing the appeal, and appeal by the respondent. Hotel Bond Company ( for errors in the rul ings of .the court. No error. ; 3Pfc.Jl.Jp Pond and Ralph O. Well for the appellant (respondent).,- Charles Welles Gross for tie ap pellee (claimant) -; ,. , '- Wheeler. . J,- The respondent" dnly-took its "Ap peal" to the - Superior Court, from a finding vand" award made by a. com missioner under the Workmen's Com jJensation Act of 1913. Its appeal to . this court from the Judgment 'of the Superior court raises the questions, whether the trial court erred (1 in hoiding that it had no Jurisdiction to retry issues of fact but only to revise errors ot law or xm lawful proceedlngrs on the part of the commiasioner, ( 2 ) in holding that the commissioner did not. unlawfully find that the claimant was a partial de pendent, (3) in holding; that the com missioner acted lawfully in awarding weekly compensation of flva dollars - for three hundred and twelve weefcs on account of the death of John J, Powers. . - The first question' whether on ap peal to the Superior Court the case is to be tried de novo -is .one of very great consequence to the workman and to the employer,. . It is also of large consequence to the state, for -we are told ;by counsel that daring the short period of the existence of the Act upwards of 18, 000 cases have, been settled, or dis posed of under the Act, :. The Act neither defines the scope of the appeal nor fixes thevproce dure. W must ascertain this from "a construction of section 27, which gives the appeal., but that of neces sity compels a ' search of all ' of the provisions of the Act and an. '-understanding- of its spirit and an appre ciation of its origin and purposes. The modern theory of the law of torts makes the fault of the owner a prerequisite to a -recovery of dam-ag-ers by an injured workman. Workmen's Compensation Acts such as ours are founded upon the theory of a contract existing between workman and employer,, an implied consideration - of which is provision for compensation- for injury to the workman arising- in the course of his .employment and not through his in tentional off willful misconduct, i Sfeult is the foundation of the tort siif'ion; compensation for the injury regardless of the faul of the Com pensation Acts, The principle of the Act i new in c lt laws. Tiie statute is remedial in (Continued on Page Two.) CABARET QUEEN, IN STYLISH TOGS, IS BEFORE CITY COURT Young Girl Begs for Cliance to Earn Honest Living ' In Burlesque ' -l- "What am I to do? I want work," tearfully asked . 18-year-old Rita Hedges, known as the. "Queen of the Cabarets," this morning when she was arraigned in city court chambers be fore Judge Frank. L. Wilder, and the Judge had been cautioning her about her associations. ' Is a burlesque jshow 'a good place for a girl like yoji to work?" asked Judge Wilder. "Well, .it's honest work," Rita" cried in response. ' ' Rita was arrested yesterday after noon by Detective Sergeant Peter Hall on- the , charge of Incorrigibility. : It was alleged she. had left; this city without consulting her mother and had Joined a -burlesque troupe in Spring field, -Mass.-;-whither she is said to have been attracted by a young man- -. ' With her handsome features set off by a becoming hat,, and ' modishly dressed in a swagger "steamer rug coat,' the cabaret queen was arraigned before Judge Wilder today to answer to the charge. It had been complained by her relatives that she had left this city for the reasons above stated, and although warned by a "Bridgeport friend not to go, but to return to her home, she Would not heed the advice. "Why, they pushed me off the porch one morning when I begged to bo takentin protested the girL "I came home In a taxi cab It was 2 o'clock in the morning and they wouldn't let me in. I was pushed back into the cab from which I came." .- Rita is the daughter - of Addis Hedges, a widow, living with Mrs. George Schetmoef of Drew place. She had been away from home a year. Police say - the 1 alleigation is made that she was involved in the theft of a ring from a man known -as Hudson, who took-ter to an outing in Rivir cliffe last September. Detective Hall found the ring -in her Main street boarding house. The police have seen hecr much, as a frequenter of cabarets Judge Wilder didn't ' want to send her home against her will, in view of the stories she told, and he wanted to assist her to make a reformation in her mode of life. Accordingly she will be sent to - the "Florence Crittenden mission home in , New Haven. WANT DELAIIEY TO REMAIN KJ CHARGE , OF GRAND RAPIDS Thousands of Creditors Thus :" May.Avoid Necessity of , . ; . Double Hearings In order to save expense for the 8,000 creditors of the' Grand Rapids Furniture 'Co., an effort is' being made to ' have Prosecutor A. L. DeLane- continue as receiver and not have a-trustee' appointed. If this proce dure., is followed it will be necessary to hold only two hearings and thereby mucn or tn legal red tape would toe avoided. - - - - , . . ' CouSsel for tha company u-e now engaged in preparing:.. -a compromise offer of settlement which will be sub mitted to the creditors soon! ( This meaiis a large amount of clerical work as each creditor must sign an agreement and there are thousands In this and other cities to be, reached. Names of creditors are being received every day in the bankruptcy court but fha list Is hot complete yet. , In case all creditors do not send agree ments, a number' representing the ma jority of the . claims are sufficient. POLICE FIND UNLOCKED DOOHS IN CENTER OF BURGLARIZED DISTRICT "What ean you expect?, aslc the police of Bridgeport. .During the last few days men on the beats have found at least" a score of unlocked doors in t'. e business section- of the city. During -the burglar scare and es pecially since then, police have assid uously tried doors, of buildings in .the districts frequented by burglars. They claim to have found a score of open doors. , . . . Warning was issued recently to merchants and others to keep their doors rocked at night. Despite the warning, it is said, the habit is in creasing, ;,:. - PREPARE BEACH CHURCH FOR SUMMER SERVICES Bt. Gabriel's church at Walnut beach is being remodeled and redec orated for the summer season. Im provements are being made to the, in terior of the structure, Masses will be , held there during the summer, by Rev- P. H. . McClean of Milford. The church will probably open in May. RAmROAD RATES SUSPENDED Washington,- Feb. 27. The inter state commerce commission today sus pended until June 29 proposed- in creases in rates , by central and west ern railroads on r glucose and. corn syrup in carloads from Chicago and other central points to eastern seat board and interior' eastern points. POLICE CLAIM LETTER SHOWS MURDER PACT Powers Held for Superior t Court for Attempt to Murder Peters LETTER SHOWS PRE NUPTIAL AGREEMENT Each Promised to Kill the Other In Event of Failure to Keep Faith That John W. Powers of 61 East Main street and Mrs. Powers,-- whom he has tried to kill, had a murder pact,' formed before the marriage, is said by the police to be indicated by the contents of the letter Powers wrote when he intended to kill him self, his wife and Wybert Peters, a friend of his wife.'-. r Powers was ; arraigned in the city court this morning and bound over to the superior , court under bonds of $10,000. The charge was, made more serious against him, as It was' changed from "assault with intent to kill," to "assault with intent v to murder." The case will be heard In the May term. , Powers was arrested last ' Sunday evening after he had shot at his wife and Peters, r who was in the same house, at S East Main court. He al leged that Peters had come between him and his wife. .j - The letter written by Powers and found hidden under a rowboat in ,the back yard of the home, shown his in tentions. ' It is interspersed with bit ter aspersions on Peters.' - The sub jects are discussed in a rambling man ner,, and show touches of lack of men tal poise. x ..'One reference in the letter is Be lieved by - the police to show that Powers and his wife made a murder pact In the. early days of their acquain tance. The text of the letter ioiiows; ' "Dear Mother, ." Father ; and Friends: I am sorry that this has got to happen. But I have been drove to it- ; Yon cannot blame me. My wife has left me Just for the sake of others. She would . not have left 1 ma if it 'had' not " been, for others. We would have ' been: all right if they left us alone. - But her mother and father, 1 : Bert Peters. They took her ' '-to board in their house, and done i all Ijb. their power to make, things T bad. He is a god part to blame and her mother and father; This - Petrs must have paid to have us - separated. "Her father would not j i spend five cents to see a baloon - bust, and everyone -knows it . I . hope I can get her mother and V' ' father and 'myself and wife and ' this - : Peters together- 1 - ' - will kill them all. I hope all my ; : friends will give my little boy -a uplift in this world,' for he was not the fault of this. I love my . boy and my wife and the very - ground they walk on. If it were not for this 'fool. They charge r me with intemperance, but if ' there is anyone that can drink -any more boose than this Peters, I would like to . know where they are. ' I have- went through for him and they all know it And aha might-' as well go through with me for- this of a Bert . .Peters will never have her. "When we married we pfom- . ised if there was anything hap- - - .-peried we would never . marry , again, and she brefke her promise. . I said I would kill her and she -, said, the same to me. But I feel . , happy that - God will forgive me, and all my friends for I was drove to it I loved her ' or : I would not of done it and my boy, -and for him insurance,- it" is in my wife's name, but I wish they. would . give it to my mother, or father, and not to her It is $S50 so bidding you all goodbye, hop ing I will be forgiven. Love to all and my little boy. Hoping he will get - along in this world, i Kisses to him. (Robert Emmet , Powers.) ' ' ' "JOHN A. POWERS." Powers was arraigned before Judge Wilder this morning in the city court and the only ; witnesses against him were Peters, who was shot twice in the hips by Peters, and Dr. E. B. Weldon, the ambulance surgeen, who testified as to the nature of the wounds Peters suffered.' -. ; - - . , . .. . Powers was not put on the stand by Joidge Wilder, who advised him that he had better tell his story in the su perior court, where no past state ments would come against him. ; The seriousness of the crime with Which Powers is charged caused a change on the (curt dockets, from in tent to kill to Intent to murder. Pow ers pleaded not guilty. Mrs. Powers attended the hearing, but was apparently disinterested in her husband's case. She was fashion ably attired. , ' "CAPTURED" , RUSSIANS YET ' BUSY ON BATTLE FRONT London, Feb. $7.. A despatch to the . Times from Fetrograd says that information has been received in th Russan capital that several units be longing to the 20th corps, which was surrounded by the Germans in the re-' treat from East Prussa, still are fight ing stubbornly and probably will be able to rejoin the Russian army. . PUT BAN ON PUBUCATJON OF PRICES OF SECURITIES Berlin, Feb. 27. Explanatory de tails have been issued regarding the Bundesrath's prohibition of the pub lication of the prices oft securities or variations in them. . The order ' was designed, it is explained, to check un wholesome speculation and was not due in any sense to unsatisfactory market prices which are said to com pare very favorably with those of fop eign paper. Foreign securities 'quota tions may still be printed. Approval of measures taken by the German, government to conserve the food , supply, was expressed at 2 So cialist mass suitings in Berlin. SPECIAL PANEL OF JUR-OEEN IS DRAWN FOR ANGLE TRIAL A special panel of jurors for the trial of Mrs. Helen M.' Angle, the Stamford woman charged with man slaughter in connection with the death of wealthy Waldo R. Ballou, was drawn to-day in the criminal super ior court. The Jurors are summon ed for Wednesday as1 the frequently postponed trial will not be started on Tuesday as intended. The trial of Samuel Sattler, charged with robbing local society women, will require the attention of Judge .Williams end a Jury Tuesday. The jurors drawn are: James B. Hartley, Mark Nagle, E. H. Oliver, and Joseph Ferrera of this city; John H. Cobb and William H. Hanford, Fairfteld; Daniel Nichols and Leander J. Wheeler, Huntington; Stiles Clark, and C. H. Edwards, Monroe; F. B. Lake, M. F. Keating and Edward Egan, Newtown; William H. Fryer and Homer W; Porter, Stratford; L. A. Hawley and Arthur Jones, Trum bull: John H. Gault, E. C. Nash and B. L. Toquet, Westport. ' Girl Who Shot and . Killed Former Bidgeport Man Bays She Acted' In Defense of Honor1 Crowd Cheers iVerdict. ' j Special to The Farmer.) Toronto, Feb. 2t. While throngs in the court room cheered and threw hats in the air, Carrie Davies, an at tractive domestic fainted at the glad news that a jury had vindicated her of the charge of murdering her em ployer. C. A. Massey,' a former Bridge porter, whom she shot to death on his own doorstep on Feb. 8. Miss Davies' defense was' that Massey- had made improper overtures to her, and that, being alone with him at the Toronto home, she feared ha was about to renew his attentions. - . Massey was thf Tson of the; late Al bert Massey, formerly vice-president of the Massey Mfg. Co., Toronto, and at the time of his death his home was With his wife and! little son, at 169 Walmer Road, this -city, . , , . His wife, who was formerly Miss Rhoda. . .Vandergrift, of " Bridgeport, Conn., was visiting in Hartford, and was in a moving picture theatre with Mr. and Mrs. Richard McAuliffe, also former 'Bridgeporters, when news of the tragedy reached her. She prompt ly retur ned to Montreal., i ' f , ' Massey met his wife when 'he Wis employed in the Locomobile Co. She resided in Maple street, .Bridgeport, and has a large acquaintance in that city.- .. -..." -. .';:,. The trial of Miss Davies was highly sensational. The man she shot came of an , old Toronto family, and was a member, of the largest yachting and athletic clubs of this section, including, the .-Royal . Canadian Xacht club4 The court room was thronged : for several days in anticipation of the finding of the jury's verdict. - - . Miss Davies made an excellent wit ness. . She, retained wonderful compla cency as she . related the : incidents of the shooting. Frankly admitting fir ing the fatal shots, she insisted .that she had. killed her employer to protect her honor. The jury listened with rapt attention and the court room was tense all through her testimony. ;' ; ., V This afternoon when , the Jury . re-t turned its verdict, the sudden shock was more than Miss Davies vcould bear and whila spectators cheered she was carried from the room, in a dead faint. - j . . , . . : Carrie Davies is but 18 years old. She .came from England with her sis ter, two years ago, and " since then has been almost continuously in the Massey home. ,- A stepmother "of Mrs. Massey, Mrs. " Carrie. E. "Vandergrift lives in Bridgeport with her brother, Henry Cram, at 45 William street. . Clerg3naaan's Daughter Sued for, Divorce By ' Resident 6f Bridgeport vRuth Goodsell Werner, daugher of Rev. K. B. Goodsell, a South Killingly clergyman, has been sued for divorce by Martin Werner of this city. Infi delity is alleged and Charles Thomp son of this city is named as co-respondent. The parties were married February 8, 1908. Papers in the action, which is returnable to the March term of the superior court, .were served by Deputy Sheriff Wieler. i . APPEAL RENEWAL OF LICENSE FOR NORTH END SALOONKEEPER An appeal from the county commis sioners' decision in allowing a renew al of a liquor license to Samuel Dia mond,, of 446 Grand street, was filed today in . the superior, court Patrick Burns, one of the . North End resi dents ,,- who . remonstrated against granting the renewal, took the ap peal. It was claimed that Diamond originally , Obtained his transfer ' to Grand street because the application read Grant instead of Grand street. GERMAN ALCOHOIi SUPPLY LOW Berlin, Feb. 2 7. Germany's supply of alcohol is so far below the demand that the so called "Spirits Central" organization which primarily supplied the army's needs, has announced that it will be compelled to limit sharply deliveries of brandy and spirits for other purposes, especially for drink stay El is ra ara na rr? r?s rrsa P ! j I 0) I ! V 3 ' ' 'ar lit ia -)a DROP BLACKMAIL CHARGE AGAINST DELIA PRISONERS Mainero and Borino, Arrest ed On Merchant's Story, , Go Free DELIA GETS BACK $100 MARKED BILLS Creditors Await Federal Authorities' Action In . Perjury Case It was learned today that the. cases of Leonard Mainero and Ralph Bor ino, charged with, conspiracy with at tempt to blackmail, have, been nolled by State's Attorney Homer S. Cum cmingsv The $100 in marked bills which Borino - and Mainero are said to have demanded from Joseph Delia in the much discussed bankruptcy case j were returned to Delia by State Policeman ; Frank "Viriddi , yesterday. The reason given for the. -.nolle is the recent decision of Referee John W. Banks, who denied Delia a mo tion for a discharge from bankruptcy because the .court found that Delia swore falsely during the proceedings. It was thought that this decision dis credited Delia's charge against Mai nero and Borino. Delia appeared at the criminal su perior court to get his $100 but State Policeman Virelli refused to "return the -money until he had been notified by the officials that the cases would be nolled. , " He was : informed by Assist-' ant - State's Attorney Carter that it would be all right to give Delia his money. The arrest of Borino and Mainero resultedf from the tangle in the, busi ness affairs of Delia, who conducted a . bicycle store in ' Pembroke . street. It was alleged that they promised to fix things for Delia for $300 and $100 in marked bills was afterward found on them by the police.. iVt consequence, of Referees" Banks' recision It ' is reported -that the "Fed eral authorities may take some ac tion against Delia for perjury. MOTHER. FI!!DS TWO YEARS OLD CHILD BURHIHG TO DEATH . v- ,. -, ..... . - t. ' .. . ; - .. Death in Frightful Form Overtakes t- Westport La borer's Little Daughter (Special , to The Farmer) Westport, Feb, 27 Two. year-old Argola Carmen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carmen of Saugatuck, met a" horrible death last night when she played with fire in the kitchen,, of her home. She was almost roasted alive. '-' v ' ,- Early last evening, Argola was left in the kitchen by her. mother while the latter attended to .some work up stairs in the house. The mother de scended not long afterward, and she found her: child lying on the .floor, with dying flames about her. . ' Dr. Frank McLaury was called and he 1 had - the child removed to the Norwalk hospital. She was not dead but in two hours she succumbed to her hums, -without having regained consciousness. . . r I Argola was the most terribly burn ed living child ever admitted, to, the Norwalk - hospital, according to'' the hospital surgeons Her ears were burned off 'and nothing but the soc kets remained of her eyes. ' Only where her shoes protected her ; feet and where a piece of flannel was on her neck, was her skin" unburned. Medical Examiner F. H. Hunting ton of Norwalk viewed the body. and pronounced the death accidental. ; Carmen is a laborer in Saugatuck. Three weeks exactly, before ths date of the accident to Argola, ; Samuel, aged seven died. , There are two oth er boys and one girl in the. family. WESTERN PACIFIC RAILWAY TO SEEK A RECEIVER SOON tNew York, Feb. 27. Application for a receiver for the western Pacific Railway will be made after the railway will have defaulted the Interest on its first mortgage bonds due March 1, ac cording to announcement' made today after a meeting of the directors of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad com pany which controls the Western Pa cific: The proceedings, ,it was said, would be of a friendly nature. .This method, it was said, -had been decided upon as the best course to pursue in . adjusting the company's financial difficulties and ''its relations with the Denver & Rio Grande. Bankers representing security hold ers of the two properties were to meet this afternoon to discuss 'the situation. It was said that after the meeting a statement would be issued in their be half, t. Moulin Rouge, Center Of Paris Night Life, Is Swept By Flames Paris, Feb. 27 The Moulin Rouge, well known as a center of the night life of Paris, caught fire early today. The entire fire department of the cen ter of Paris was called out in an en deavor to put out the flames. ' WEATHER FORECAST Fair tonight and Sunday, strong northwest winds. nnr? lid law aa Summary . OF THE War News The efforts of the German and Austrian armies to rumple both ends of the long Russian front are reported ' to-day, to have been checked. Petrograd states - that the German drive at Warsaw from the north has been counter ed. . .' 'V - ' . .. ' ; . , . On the western front there had been -no change. German aero planes made a raid on positions of the allies near Nieuport and a French aeronaut dropped bombs on Metz. ' ' - Anbtheo British merchantman is re-ported to have been torpe .doed. by a . submarine in the En glish- channel. A French war ship has gone to the assistance of the vessel," the; identity of whish has not been established. A Paris despatch says that the ' French press is unanimous in its .... opposition to the informal propo sals of the. United States to Great Britain and. Germany concerning the admission of food su plies to belligerent nations for the civil population and the .cessation of submarine attacks on merchant men. Great Britaint allies also are said . to have advised, her that they favor the policy of cut ting off , supplies from Germany. Clashes between , the factions favoring the opposing war eon " tinue to create disturbances in Italy and the plan of the gov- .' eminent to suppress public meet ings for the discussion of : this question v. led to a turbulent scene in , parliament yesterday. Premier Salandra, who on more -1 than one occasion previously de fined Italy's policy as armed, and -watchful neutrality, said Jn ad dressing parliament that he rid not know whether the nation was destined to march to war. Warships of the Anglo-French fleet are reported to have pene trated the Dardanelles after sil encing the : outer-forts and the removal off -mines is under way preparatory to an attempt at a further advance toward Constan tintrpQeu - An Athens despatch repeats the statement that the Sultan has made plans for a has ty departure . f rom - Constantino- pie. ' - - - - v - The great 'battle in Poland is still to be decided, although the latest . xeports indicate that the -German, rush from East Prus sia ! has been checked. - Official - i VIEWS OF - ';'; World's War GERMAN Berlin, Feb. 27 The war office report of today follows: , "In Champagne yesterday and last night there w.ere; renewed strong French . attacks. i . Fighting in some places still contin ues ; otherwise the attacks were repulsed. "North of Verdun the Germans at tacked a portion of the French posi tion. Fighting . still continues. ' "Along the- rest of the-western front nothing important has. occur red.. ' . . i "fn the eastern theatre, near Grod no and south of Przasynsz new Rus sian forces appeared and began at tacks. On the Skroda, south of Kol no, 1,100 Russians were mado pris oners:' . V f "To the left of the Vistula there were no developments of import ance." ;-, - FRENCH Paris, Feb. 27 -The war office this afternoon gave out the . following statement: "There is no change to report in the - situation, from the"" sea, to .the Aisne. v - "In Champagne nothing has de veloped, since yesterday's . communi cation. ..V, ' ''"-.' " -. - "Our artillery in the Argonne ex ploded an ammunition ' depot near Bt Rupert. In the wood near-Mel-lncourt between the Argonne and the Mease, the: enemy again sprayed one of our advanced trenches with burn ing liquid, necessitating the aban donment of the trench, the occupants of which ' were seriously burned. A counter-attack resulted in losses in flicted on the Germans. The region of Verdun, and on the heights "of the Meusa our ; heavy artillery wrecked some German guns, exploded about twenty ammunition wagons, and an nihilated a detaehmentttnd destroy ed an entire camp. - "in the Boise Brueil the battle con tinues to our advantage." Allies Pass Dardanelles Athens, Feb. 17 An allied fleet aggregating 40 warships today pene trated the Dardanelles Straits as far as Hortari and within range of Forte Intepe, on the Asiatic side, according to reliable information reaching here today. , ' IB r Two Killed When G-erniaiu Air Fleet Makes TJns:;.- , pected Attack Behind En emy's Lines French lie- : ply With Aeroplane 0 ally On German Barracks ati Metz, In Lorraine. British Merchant Ship Tor pedoed In English Chan nel, and French Destroyer! Rushes to Her Aid Aus trian Advance In Eastern - Theatre of War Reported Checked By Russians. -Paris, Feb. 27-r-A squadron , of German, aeroplanes lias ; bombarded the district behind: Nieuport., An,roffieial Hote given . out1-here today says that only two casualties were ri- ! ported, a woman and. an old man having been either injur ed or killed. . The note also state's that a French- aviator dropped throe bombs on the German barracks at Metz Lorraine.' ;. British Ship Torpedoed Dieppe, France, Feb.- 27 It is reported here that a British merchant ship has been torpe doed in the English Channel off- Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme. A French torpedo boat des troyer has gone out from Di eppe to the assistance of the British ship. PETROCRABREPORT3 GERMAN REPimOES " Petrograd, Fob. 27 The German infantry forces are being thrust baclc across the river Niemen In northern Poland and the Russian General Staff believes that another German plan of attack upon Warsaw has been countered successfully. ' Relationship is divided between the stubborn : effort of the. Hermans to cut railroad communication to tha north from Warsaw and the coinci dent resumption to pronounced ac tivity near Borjimow on the! central Poland front west of Warsaw. To quote the opinion .of a staff officer as deduced from these operations by the Germans at. widely separately centers;-;.: . . . Evidently, the Germans intend to push forward and again in the cen ter." "For this purpose they need re inforcements of troops on the Bor jimow front. In the Kovno district activity is diminishing.' Hence it is evident that the Germans are again using their" perfect railway system to throw over -troops from Kovno to ward Borjimow. Thanks to the watchfulness of otii commands and to the energy of "our troops the ef forts of the enemy have been fu tiles.? -. ; -- ' . s' This officer added that even if the Germans plan had succeeded, tha achievement would .have influenced the Russian position at ; Borjimow so long as the other railroad lines from Warsaw to the front remained in commission. He said . further that the success which the Russians are reported to have gained at Przasynsz had uncovered the German,, right flank, operating at Ossowetz, where the artillery engagement still remain ed undecided. . FRENCH SHIP PASSES PARDANNET.T.ES FORTS I London, Feb. 27. A. fleet composed j of British and French warships con- : tinues to-day to hammer away at the i doorway of ,. the Dardanelles, the strait which closes Russia's rich gran ery to .countries that need wheat and the very real necessity of releasing the huge supply of, wheat which Rus sia has on the shores of the Black Sea causes the general belief that the present attack', on the . Dardanelles forts is a serious undertaking and not merely meant for a demonstration. Official announcements declare that after the reduction of the four outer Dardanelles forts.mine sweepers went to work within the , straits under the protection of the ( guhs of the fleet while-unofficial despatches from Ath ens and Rome assert that . at least one French warship. actually has pen etrated the passage. Germany remains - silent regarding her share in the.' military operations both in the east jBnd in the west while Austria-Hungary declares that Aus trian and German forces are holding their own in the Carpathians and in eastern Galicia; Petrograd, less reticent, announces a repulse of German attacks in north Poland with heavy losses, As a re sult of the desperate fighting of the past few days the Russian general Staff claims to have forced back the Germans along a front of 25 miles in the. Przasnysz region. The impression is growing in Eng land that the German advance i -t East Prussia is due mainly to politi cal' and' economic- motives and that: Continued' on Pm-o a.