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VOL. 51 NO. 54
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1915
price two cuir
; SSS. ANpLE 1
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OF
Lccused Woman Feels Able For First Time Now
to Undergo Physical Strain of Gross Exami
nation in Sensational Stamford Mystery. ;
PHYSICIAN -.REFUTE - .IDEA -'
OF BALLOU'S ELAyiNG SHOCK
itholoical Discussion is Chief Feature of To
day's Testimony Whole Truckload of Ex
hibits Brought to . County Court House by
Stamford Police Chief.
' ilr Helen M. Anscle. oi trial for manslaughter in con-'
nection " with the de&ih of Waldo R. Ballou, of Stamford, will
Kke the '-witness stand in her own defense. . ' ' '
This statement was made today to The Farmer by Judge
I G Downs, chief counsel for the defense, as the trial entered
its second session. in the Superior-court' her? today - . '
It has been a question whether Mrs. Angle's health would
iillow her to undergo the ordeal of the 'witness chair. Today,
Juda Downs said to a. Farmer reporter: , ' - : '
"Mrs. Angle" will tell her own story to the jury. She feels ;
equal to the physical strain that.it will entail and is anxious
to tell her side of the case." ' , .
Mrs. Angle was at her counsel's side again today, advis
er jn the conduct of the case. While outwardly composed
ie was steeling herself for,the ordeal that she is Soon to face
i i taking "the witness stand. ' ; ' ' "'
! As .Mrs. Angle "went to the; cloak
j .om in the sheriffs office at the
court house this noon, she was greeted'
s fectionately ty Mrs. F. P. Towne,
wife of the "wealthy Stamford member
of the firm of Yale &. Tosne. ' Plat
hard," urged Mrs. ,Towne, ""everytbi ag
will come out all right,"
i Mrs. Angle isased, Mrs. - Tcwne and
both -were visibly affected. '-
That Ballon, did not sufter from
heart failure or , apoplexy prior to" re
ceiving the fracture of- the ' skull
which killed him was the testimony
t-f -several physicians called by the
State in today's session .of the; Su
perior court here. ' ',
rr. Bruce S. Weaver, a. pathological .
ti ;,.irt i,t r-fiw Tork,' who" conduct-id
i he first', autopsy shortly after - Bal
lou's death; Dr. George Sherill, med
ical examiner for Stamford; and Dr.
Samuel Pierson, who also witnessed
the autopsy, today, testified that the
heart and brain were -normal, disclose
ing neither cardiac - nor apoplectic
p'lmeiits. . . -
A possible Hue of defenses had been
set up yesterday when the results of
the second autopsy,- held in. a ceme
tery tool house at Winchendon, Mass..
revealed the-fact that the heart a. id
brain were missing a-t that ' timet
Koth of these organs, it was held hy
the counsel for Mrs. Angle, were
F-ntial Itl determining whether Bal
lon had suffered an apoplectic . . or
heart attack, oa-uang a fall which re
sulted in the fatal skull fracture,-To-day,
the disclosures-of the first au
topsy, when the heart and brain were
removed and dissected, were recited
Yiv the several physicians called Ty
lis state. -
Their testimony, in "effect, was that
the skull fracture and. internal hem
OTThaga caused Ballou's -death; that
t e suffered from neither apoplexy
nor heart failure, prior to' receiving
i'hs blow which caused his death..
Mrs. Angle, attired in -the same
tailored black , suit, silver-buckled
shoes and large hat which she wore
yesterday, again today advised ' with
her counsel during- the progress of the
trial. .. - "f
A re-arrangement of seats in front
.'of the bench, brought Mrs. Angle and
her wealthy father, Leonard Blondell,
directly behind the counsel for the de
fense. Mrs. Angle-had a. better vi-aw
ri the witness stand, and herself was
In full "view of everyjuryman. . i
' As the several physicians told : of
the autopsies and described : the in
juries that caused Ballou's death, Mrs.
Angle showed the greatest composure.
Her lips -firmly pressed together, she
f eldoro lifted her eyes from the -witness
on the stand, and then only to
whisper a word to her counsel. -
The court room was again crowded;
and there were many women among
the spectators. Because of . cramped
conditions, all 'but attorneys and re
porters were excluded : frond within
the rail..' ' - " .? ' - . ... . ..
The day was. set for the examina
tion of physicians and engineers, and
for the accumulation -of a mass of
technical evidence.
Chief of Police8 Brennan, of Stam
ford, who will appear as a witness,
has had transferred to -Bridgesport a
trurkload of exhibits that will be in
1 nduced by the State. These were
brought to the courthouse in' a mo
tor van.
Dr. Charle Ii. B. Meade, of
lamford, was the first wttness at tov
day's session. Dr. Meade was pres
ent at the autopsy performed at w:n
chendon, Mass., by Jr. Schultze -who
rified at yesterday's 'session.- m
Dr. Meade - described - the skuirl
fracture and contusions found on Ba.1
lou's body. . He designated, on his
own heaxl, the point . where the im
pact which fractured Ballou's skull
had beer given, : He described ' the
minor contusions on the head, legs
pnd' irm, - and said that, aside from
the skull fracture, , there . were ..no
broken bones found. Dr. Meade cor
roborated Dr. Schultze's testimony
that the heart and brain were missing
pt the autopsy in Winchendon..
Dr. Mead said there were no s.p
irerit i-:juries to the palms of the
ids.- - -
On. cross-examination. Dr. Meade
'J it was possiblei to determine
fther "F-allou had suffered an apep
Tlo Efroke, despite the part tl a.t
i henrt s.rsd brain - were missijig.
wsa no n-iscrosoopical eis4n.11-
IE
WILD
ation of the organs of circulation. Dr.
Mead said. : . : ' ' v.. .
"From 1 what . was done at that a.u-.
topsy could you tell if the man had
suffered a "fainting spell'; and -. then
fallen"?; he was asked. . 'f
; "I couldot teli,' was the reply.
1 Judge Downs' question as to wheth
er Dr. Mead had attended -the coroner's-
inquest, "after the Winchendon
autopsy, was ruled out a irrelevant.
State's Attorney Cummings object
ed to one of Judge Downs' questions
and his objection, was: overruled..
"Please note an . exception, , your
Honor," said J udge Downs S absent-
mindedly. .. . Attorney Klein, who is as- 1
sociated withr' Judge Downs tugged 1
at his coat "(Ths judge, started, sud
denly .a , -s
"Oh, you overruled his objection t"
he asked Judge Williams, who was
enjoying-a sweet) smile at the mis
take. I ; -
State's Attorney Cummings chuck
led -so audibly - at Judge ' Downs' er
ror that the sheriff rapped for order..
After minute . Questions regarding
th injuries to Ballou,. Judge Downs
asked: . ' . ,
. "Could all of . these Injuries be ac
counted for by a fall downstairs?"
"Tes, sir,":.was: the answer.
!JDr. MeaSe1 was then excused.: ' '
' Dr. . Frederick Schavoir, of Stam
ford, who also attended the Winchen
don autopsy, . corroborated the other
physician's' testimony as to the ' na
ture of the - skull - fracture and other
injuries to Ballou's body.
Dr. 1 Schavoir said there, was 1 noth
ing to indicate that there was a loss
of consciousness before the fracture
of the skulL
On cross-examination, Dr. Scha
voir said the absence of the brain and
heart might .prevent knowledge as to
whether ; Ballou had' suffered an
apoplectic or heart attack before! his
skull was fractured-. , v ,
"Is ", it possible, doctor, that the
palm of the hand might strike a
hard,, flat surface with considerable
force and yet suffer no markjjt?" he
was asked. .,.
' ''Tea, 4slr," was- the. answer. .
;.. "What would thei effect upon the
brain of such a skull fracture as that
sustained" by Ballou?': .. v--The
doctor said the injury would
not be such' that apoplectic symptoms
would He removed.., - ' -" -
"An - examination of the ' brain of
this fracture would have revealed any
apoplectic symptoms?" r , . . .
. "Yes, sir." v , -
. "Might falling downstairs and strik
ing on a hard surface produce such a
fracture as Ballou sustained ?" .
"Yes, sir, it might." " :
Dr. Schavoir described the linear
bruises on the forehead, j tsld of yes
terday by Dr. Schultze. t r
1 "Could these bruises have ben
; caused by striking a corrugated rub
ber matting-, such as are used on
stairs?" ... ":'..- ..
"Yes, sir,-' they "might" .
"What, in' your opinion, caused
these linear bruises?"
"Forceful contact With some hard
substance the surface ' of which was
corrugated." ' '
Judge -Williams overruled the de
fense's question as to whether .' Dr
Schavoir is an Odd Fellow and ac
quainted with the Odd Fellows' build
ing, in which Mrs.' Angle had apart
ments and in ' front of which Ballou
was fouud dying. .
Dr. Samuel v Pierson, of Stamford,
was next called. .He was called to the
Stamford Hospital to attend Ballou on
the night of June '23.
'' "Did you know Ballou during his
lifetime?" : . : -
"Very .well." ; ' ' -
"What was his condition when you
saw him at the hospital?" .
"He was in a dying condition."
"Did he .die in the hospital ?"
"He died about an hour after he
arrived." . r. .'
"Was Ke recognized at that time as
Mr. Ballou?" ,
"Yes, sir. I recognized him and I
think the others present did also."
Dr. Pierson said he attended the
autopsy at the hospital, the morning
after Ballou died.
"Was an examination made then of
the heart and brain?" "
"Yes, sir."
: He said the heart appeared normal.
He said there was nothing that he
' , : (Continued on Page 10.)
TO TAKE
RY-OE
TODAY'S DEVELOPMENTS
IN MRS. ANGLE'S TRIAL
'-' Physicians called by the
State upset tentative line of
defense that Waldo. R. Bal
lou 'might have su-ffered
from apoplexy tr heart fail
ure, resulting- in a fall that
caused his death by a frac
ture of the. skull. '
Absence of heart and brain
at second autopsy in ceme
tery at Winchendon,' Mass.,
explained by fact that these
organs were examined and
dissected at first autopsy at
Stamford hospital. , -Both
were in normal condition,
physicians testified. .
Judge. N.-'iG. Downs, chief
counsel, for defense, says
that Mrs." Angle is in such
physicial condition as will
allow her to take thewitness
stand in her own, behalf.
Chief of Police Brennan,
Of Stamford, brings' auto
truck load of exhibits to
courthouse. Exhibits will
be presented as evidence by
the State.
DIG PITTSBURGH
DfiE:i: FAILS TO
OPEkJ ITS doons
little Uscitoraent "When
Cuppccc dly Strong Insti-,
ti... an In Closed .
HAD DEPOSITS OP
I.Iany Directors Connected
"With Brewing Concern
Affected By Laws ,
Pittsburgh, " Mar. 4: , .The German
National Bank of Pittsburgh did not
open its doors for business this morn-1
Ing. A notice on the door said it had
been "closed on order of the "control
ler of currency. ",;'': - '"
Directors of the bank are promin
ently connected with the Pittsburgh -Brewing
Company whose securities
recently have suffered heavily on the
Pittsburgh stock exchange because,
it was said, .'of the enactment of pro
hibition laws in West Virginia and
the extension of local option in East
ern Ohio, territorr in which the brew
ing . company formerly did a large
business. ' .
The German National was organ
ized in 1904 with a capital of $500,
000 and oh Dec SI, last, reported de
posits of $5,024,923. Its surplus and
undivided profits on that date were
$594,265. Its dividend rate was 12
per cent annually.
. The German National was a mem
ber of the Pittsburgh Clearing House
Association:
'The . closing of vthe . -institution
caused little excitement. .
J. E. W, Eversham, 'cashier, issued
a statement in which he said that the
directors last night went over the
business of the Institution, carefully
and decided to close because of the"
unsatisfactory conditions and certain
paper which the; bank held, paper .
which ordinarily would bejall right."
He expressed the hope that the de
positors would be paid in full but
said he could make no promise.-
The (German National had the
Pittsburgh Municipal deposit of $40,
000. The state has on deposit in the
bank $140,000 f its general funds
buti ls Protected by. corporate bonds
for $200,000. . '
Woman Who Lost Son
In Westport Trolley
Wreck Wins Law Suit
Mrs. Annie E. Fisher, whose son
Andrew was killed ,1m the Westport
trolley wreck last year, won a legal
victory in the common pleas court this
afternoon when a jury decided she did
not make false representations in sell
ing a candy store to Sarah E, Mason
of this city. The latter claimed the
sale had been made by misrepresenta
tion and she wanted to get back the
purchase -price, $600. The Jury after
an hour's deliberation found for Mrs.
B'isher. ' -
Mrs. "Fisher conducted the store for
several years and her son Andrew act
ed as clerk. After his death she did
not feel able to carry on the business
so she sold it to Sarah Mason for $600.
During the negotiations it was stated
Mrs. Fisher represented that the re
ceipts had been $150 a week.. When
the new owner took charge it was
found the receipts did not reach this
ftgure.y The store is located at East
Main street and Curtis avenue. Judge
John S. ; Pullman represented Mrs.
Fisher.
R' '"RAI I
Summary
, OF THE
War News
- A British officer - of .the allied ,
fleet which is . bombarding the
Dardanelles is quoted in a des
' patch from Athens as saying that
only two forts now remain intact.
The bombardment of the inner
forts was resumed this morning,
10 large warships entering the
straits- for - this purpose. The. re
ports of extensive damage to for
tifications are not borne . out,
however, ' by despatches . from
Constantinople Such mesages
to a Berlin newspaper, states that
the fortifications which consti
tute the more important defenses
have not yet been'reached. .
Official
'A . VIEWS OP
World's War
GERMAN
Berlin, , March 4. The development
in the eastern and western campaigns
are reported as follows in a statement
issued at the war office: .
1 "Western theatre of war: On the
heights of Loretto, northwest of Ar
ras, our' troops yesterday morning oc
cupied positions of the enemy 1,600
meters (nearly one mile) wide, captur
ing eight officers, 55 French soldiers,
seven machine - guns and six small
cannon. Hostile counter attacks dur
ing the afternoon failed. v ' t
"Renewed French attacks in Cham
pagne were easily repulsed. -
' "A French attack in the Argonns,
west of .St. Hubert, failed. Counter
attacking, we occupied a French
trench. In Cheppy Wood ' 'also a
French attack failed. ' --
"One of the recent communications
from the Eiffel Tower- declared that
German column, while marching
across the height northeast of So'uain,
was successfully shelled. ' Wo must
confirm the accuracy of this announce
ment. - The column, consisted of French
prisoners who were being -led . away
and suffered a . loss of 38 killed or
wounded. .-.("' - .
, "Eastern theatre ' of war: Russian
attacks northeast . of Grodno led them
into a flank fire from our artillery and
failed. Northeast of Lomza, Russian
attacks broke down 1th severe losses.
In the region south of Mysznlec and
Chorzellen -and northwest of -Prza-snksz
the Russians again attacked." On
the remainder of the front there was
no -change." .
FRENCH
Paris,. Mar. 4: This afternoon's
statement fronj the war office' is as
follows: . . " .-. . - .
"In Belgium;' 1m the- dunes our ar
tillery -demolished trenches of ' the
enemy . To the' north of Arras, near
Notre Dame De Lorete,' the enemy
captured an advanced trench recently
constructed by us in. immediate con
tact with the German lines.
"The; bombardment . of Rheims last-,
ed all day, a shell falling every, three
minutes. .-...
?'In Champagne it is confirmed that
the German, counter-attacks - against
the crest taken by ,us to the northeast
of Mesnit were of a very violent char
acter. - Two regiments' of . the guards
fought' with great ferocity. The de
feat . of . these efforts has' been com
plete.' ;'. '. - .
"Thererhas been a cannonade in (the
Argonne with fresh progress on our
part In the region of "Vanquois."
' Paris, Mar. 4: A supplementary
statement was issued later as follows:
"Captain Happe, one of our avia
tors, bombarded on Wednesday a
German powder magazine at Rowtt
weil, 23 kilometres north of Donaus
chingen. His success was complete..
Ten minutes after- be .had thrown
bombs the powder magazine was
afire." - v .
MRS. MARKIIAM 111
SPEECH AT CAPITOL
FLAYS SUFFRAGISTS
(Special to the ' Farmer. )
Hartford, March 4 Larger crowds
.than 'were out yesterday, today at
tended the meeting of the anti-suffrage
delegation at the capitol though
it was noted that about three-quarters
of the women wore suffrage col
ors while a large sprinkling of men
by their red roses showed they stood
solidly with the antis. 1 ":
Among the Bridgeport women not
ed in the large concourse of delegates
was Mrs. A. H. Terry; Miss Marion
De Forest, Mrs. P. Fairchild Wheel
er and Mrs. W. ,B. Glover of Fair
field. ' - '. .
The. opening speech was made by
Mrs, Daniel A. Mark ham, state pres
ident, of the Women's Anti Suffrage
League of Connecticut, who began
a bitter, attack upon the- " suffrage
forces and dwelt particularly on the
"Socialist-Suffrage" element that
marched in the Woman's Suffrage
parade held in Hartford last May.
Mrs. Markham stated that it was the
first time that the red flag had ever
ben carried through the streets of
the Connecticut ' city and said that .it
reminded her more of a funeral cor
tege than a procession.: ;
PRESIDENT SIGNS
SEAMAN'S BILL
' Washington, March 4. President
Wilson today signed the seamen's bill
improving working conditions of
American seamen and increasing life
aving equipment requirements. It
was said the President had carefully
examined the objections of some sen
ators that the bill would -interfere with
the treaty obligations of the United
States, but concluded that it was so
drawn that: he could handle those
questions with full recignition of the
rights of other nations.
IfflTfflDS
MOTS
Bombardment of Inner For
tifications of the Dardan
elles Resumed This Fore
noon With Deadly Effect.
Only Two Forts of Entire
Chain Remain Intact Ac
cording to Dispatch to
London via Athens Rus
sians Claim New Victory.
1 London, March 4 The allied fleets
this- (Thursday) - morning, resumed
their bombardment of the inner' forts
of the, Dardanelles according to a de
spatch received by the Reuter Tele
gram company from its correspondent
at Athens.
. The text of the despatch follows: ;
Tb; bombardment of the inner '
forts of tfhe Dardanelles was re- "
t mimed .Thursday morning. Ton
- big warships took part in the op
, erations. According to a British
- officer,., only two of -the Turkish.
forts remain intact. Allied land
ing . parties found the charred
remains of soldiers in the dam-
aged : torts,- - showing that the
. : Turks had buried their dead be
fore evacuating these positions.
RUSSIANS CLAIM
VICTORY IN SOUTH
London "March , 4 The interest of
British readers - in the Russian . cam
paign has again shifted to the extreme
southern portion of the line of battle
where Petrograd reports that General
BrussilofC has won a noteworthy vic
tory, inflicting heavy losses on the
Austriaas who were again pressing
north to the relief of Przasnysz. A
despatch from Bucharest credits the
Russian, forces with the .reoccupation
of Stanislau, in Galicia.
Berlin admits officially that the
Germans have had to retire from
Przasnysz north1 .of " Warsaw, which
was made "in. good order in spite - of
haste that rendered tne abandonment
wounded necessary. '
On the western battle- front,' Vin
France and Belgium, the. French now
appear to be content to hold the posi
tions they, claim to have won in the
Champagne district. While British
battleships are : battering Fort No. 8
and Fort No. 9 in the narrows of the
Dardanelles from a point ' ten miles
within the "entrance to the, straits,
French warships from- the Gulf ' of
Saros are bombarding the Turkish po
sitions at Bulair. s. ...... '
London, March 2- (Delayed) The
Standard Oil steamer Platuria, bound
for Malmo, Sweden, has been detained
at Kirkwald, Scotland, by order of
Admiralty officials, pending an in
vestigation. ,
The Platuria, a steamer . of 2,204
tons,! under command of Captain Car
penter, sailed from Philadelphia on
Feb. 8 bound for VMalmo and Helsing-borg.-
' ' " .. '
CONGRES
Washlngton, March 4. -Congress ad
journed 'today sine die. -'The. Senate
adjourned r at - 12:04 p. -m., and flie
Houee, after turning back the hands
of the clock, adjourned at 12:18 p. m.1
. The total appropriations . of the Sen
ate were approximately i $4,120,484,324,
seceral millions under the record of
previous Congresses.
Two appropriation bills failed. Cur
rent appropriations for postal service
and the Inidan office were extended
for another year. ! i: . . . .
" In the closing hours President Wil
son signed the Seaman's bill,, the neu
trality resolution empowering him to
prevent ships leaving 'American ports
with supplies for belligerent warships,
promoted Colonel Goethals to be a major-general'
for his services as builder
of the Panama Canal and gave, pro
motions . to other officers associated
with the work.
The administration ship , bill, the
Philippine bill, the conservation bills,
the rural credit provision of the agri
cultural bill and ratification of the
treaties with Colombia and Nicaragua
all hard . pressed.- administration
measures failed- of enactment.
In the' Senate several members
long' prominent national figures,
among them Senators Root and Bur
ton, stepped -.back into private life
as the . curtain fell. In the House,
Democratic Leader Underwood ' said
good-bye to sit in the next , Senate
and three score or - more members
retired. ' , -
Senator Gallinger offered a resolu
tion of thanks for .Vice-President
Marshall in recognition of his ser
vices. After a very brief debate, the Sen
ate adopted the postoffice appropria
tion resolution, also, and the appro
priation program of the last session
of the C3rd Congress was complete.
The Senate then went into executive
sesion work on nominations.
President; Wilson went to the capi
tal at 10 o'clock and promptly began
signing the accumulation of bills and
resolutions. All hope of passing the
ship bill, the Philippine bill or the
conservation measures have been
abandoned, and while the President
worked both houses marked time for
the hands of the clock to touch 12
noon. :
MM
ADJOURNS
SINE DIE
JEWEL
ROBBER SUS
REC1PTURED .AFTER TIU
.. PURSUIT THROUGH CITY
STORE OF CAESAR
MISCH ROBBED BY
WINDOW BURGLARS
Cut Pane of Glass With Dia
niond and Shatter it
K : With Brick
The Main street clothing store of
Caesar -Misch was burglarized in a
daring manner early this morning
when one of the windows on Golden
Hill street was first marked with a
diamond "over a radius of about three
feet and then broken in by means
of a heavy brick that shattered the
glass without much noise. Overcoats
to .the value, of $117.50 .were taken.
The 'amount may be advanced, for
it . is not known yet whether another
valuable coat was in the window at
the time. - . ; .
The scene of the robbery which
Was made between 6 1 and 7 o'clock"
this morning is not forty feet from
Main street, which at the time was
supposed to have been guarded by a
policeman on every block. , .
It " is said at police headquarters
that . no clues have been ; procured
to those Involved In the bold burg
lary... - V" -,''.
DR. CURLEY MAY
GIVE UP JOB Off
EMERGENCY STAFF
Night Surgeon Said to Be
Planning Retirement "
' Dr. W eldon Successor
, That changes involving doctors in
the emergency hospital service of the
board of charities are to be made to
morrow is today hin..2d. ...About, ihe' po
lice' and charitiefe building. It is be
lieved .that Dr. William R Curley,
who though nominally ji"nisrht sur
geon" at the emergency hospital;) has
been substituted for during the; past
four .months by': Dr. B. B. Weldon,
may retire owing -to his -growing prac
tice and thai he may be offered -the
post of : outside poor 'physician.
This fact could, not - today be con
firmed for Superintendent Speneey R.
Gordon refused to either affirm or
deny that the" resignation of the phy
sician was now before the board, or
if so what action'' would be taken in
replacing him on the night staff. It
is believed, however, that Dr. Weldon
whose services have been satisfactory
will be named in the event that Dr.
Curley should withdraw..
Dr. Curley, .when, seen by a report
er for the Farmer today refused to
divulge what, "action - he had taken,
though he was closeted for some time
with the superintendent of charities.
"Whatever action-. Vthe board . may
take at its. meeting s tomorrow, or
what changes are ' now contemplat
ed," said the well known surgeon, "is
for them to divulge to the press: My
lips-are sealed." ,
The present staff includes Dr. J. H.
Finnegan and Dr. J. II. Beaudry, Jr.,
day surgeons, with Dr. B. B. Weldon
substituting- at. night ,' 'for Dr. Cur
ley.' ' ' ,
$5,500 VERDICT
TO WESTPORT MAN
FOR INJURED FOOT
- A verdict of $5,500 for an iAjury
Which permanently crippled him, was
awarded Edwin A. Beers of Westport
by a jury in the civil superior court
this afternoon. He sued the New
Haven, railroad compnay for $10,000
alleging that- while he was unloading
a -freight car it was struck by a swit
cher; throwing Beers to the ground.
One foot was injured, Beers said.
Attorney Henry E. Shannon of
counsel for the plaintiff, thinks tha
dime h found on the floor yester
day while addressing the jury may
have brought him good , luck. He
paused in his ''speech to pick up the
money and then asked Judge .Webb's
pardon. It was learned afterwarI that
the dime" belonged to Attorney Bur
nett' of the railroad counsel who ad
mitted there was a hole in his pocket.
The jury was out only about' ah
hour. The accident happened March
26 last in Westport ' where Beers Is
in business. He appeared in the
court room walking with the aid of
crutches to show the effects of his
injury. :
GOETHALS MADE
MAJOR GENERAL
George W. Goethals was nominated
to be a major general today in re
cognition" of his services in building
the Panama Canal.
Fire in the business section of James
town, N. did damage estimated at
J50.000.
The P. Liorillard Co. declared an ex
tra dividend of 3 per cent, cn the com
mon stock. , -
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fU' Ml I
Detectives Fire Shots and
! Commandeer Automobila
in Noonday Chase After
Youth Pointed Out By
, "Jewelers.
Ban of $2,000 Fixed to Give
Authorities Opportunity
to Get Line on Suspect
Search Continues for Ac
complices in Suspected
Plot to Rob Stores.
What the police believe to be
a sensational plot to effect
wholesale, looting of ' Bridge
port jewelry stores was frus
trated -this forenoon in the
capture', after a thrilling- chase,
of a, youth describing himself
as Richard Glarkson, ag-ed 23,
of, Philadelphia. 1
Clarkson ' is locked up at " po'i.,?e
headquarters, held on : the tocEntcii 1
charge" of breach of stha 'peace, but
bail has been fixed at the prohibitive
figure of 52,000 that the police may
have an opportunity to get a line on
the stranger -before , he can quit the
city. .'v: rf ' ,; .
Clarkson, ; trailed as a suspect by .
two detectives, managed to -make hi.i
escape when" first apprehended. His
second capture-was effected , after a
sensational chase through : back
have remained at liberty had. not De
tective Sergeant Hall, commandeered,
an automobile and headed off the
fugitives. - The chase, just before 11
o'clock, ; was witnessed by hundreds
of pedestrians, and when he was fin
ally landed at 'police headquarters,
there was a throng of curious spec
tators awaiting news of ;.the nature
of the crime for which -he was held.
Clarkson. is suspected of being a
picket for , a band of jewel robbers,
for whom the police kept up an un
ceasing search through the remain
der of the day. " ' "
Employes of the, Davis & Hawley
Co., jewelers at .Main and. Wall Sts.,
first suspected Clarkson.
They summoned Patro'm-'i J'jl-i
J.. i l-'pin to( whore tt'y co.-nm.
cated their suspicion." IlaJpin called
Detective Sergeant Hall into tho
store. Hall impressed Detective Geo.
I Simons in the hunt, and they got tha
trail , of Clarkson outside Reid &
Todd's jewelry store, a few doors
north of Davis & Hawley's where he
and another stranger had inspected
Elks' pins and. had ordered a watch
worth $25 kept for ."Sherwood," of
Southport.. - Louis Hawkins of the
Reid & Todd store pointed Clarkson
out as he, passed on the other side of
the street. v
Hall and Simons trailed Clarkson to
the store of the B. . Spector Co., 97
Fairfield avenue, adjoining the Unit jd
Cigar Stores CO. .'Clerk Henry Green
waldf had just ' laid aside a watch
worth $15 for Clarkson, under the
name of "Chamabers," of Southpovt,
when Hall encountered the suspect
leaving the store.-. J
Clarkson then went ' to the Grave's
iewelrv store where he was about to
get more information when Hall walk
ed up to the youthful and well dressed
youth jand said, "What's your name?"
After a few uncomplimentary remarks
by the suspect Hall said, "I want you,"
and grasping, him by the coat started.
to reave me store, as iney weie guiijy
through the - doorway Clarkson. took
advantage of the opportunity and with
his open hand qtuickly struck the offt-,
cer a blow that released the hold on
Clarkson bolted - across the street,
with Simons and Hall in pursuit. Si
mons ; was- being outdistanced in tha
Plaza theatre valley way when he pulled
his revolver and; shot above his Iiead.
Clarkson ran into Middle straet, up
T"all 'street . and through John street
withj Simons, in pursuit through tha
Arcade alleyway, to head liint off.
Hall : found the automobile of the
Main garage standing in front of tha
Graves Jewelry store with Froti Lar
son at the . wheel. Asking Hiram
Graves and William Haug to accom
pany him he began pursuit 'through
Middle- and up State, street to Court
land -where Clarksorr was just, turning
the corner i of John. -' As the auto
came abreast of Clarkson at 2 7 Court
land street? the s suspect ran across
the lawn of Matthew J. . Maloney and
jumped the high board foiled. Thgrica
he ran and climbed continuously,
pursued by " Larson, while Hall and
Graves circled the block and tackled
him as he came over the last fence
leading, to John street. As Detec
tive Hall laid hands on him, he shed
his overcoat, , tout failed to ' escape
again: and was taken to headquarters.
There the youth said he came from
Philadelphia, land protested against
the arrest., When researched a 1
karat gold chain of fine workmanship.
$15- in cash," some memoranda show
ing that he' came from Boston, a.
checkbook oil "the .Beacon Trust Co.
of Boston, a railroad ticket over the
Boston & Albany - railroad used from
.Boston to Bridgeport and good for
passage to New York,, and two pair
of eye-glasses were found upon his
person. : Later- when searched It
was found that, the prisoner had con
cealed $10 more in money and he was
completely undressed that a more
thorough' search and Bertillion meas
urements might be made. .
Represented -toy- Attorney Lawrence
Finkelstdne, who arrived live minutes
after his arrest and refused to say
hew he, had 'been summoned on the
case, the prisoner resisted aji attempt
4-n 1 - I. ; 1 . , . .. ... i . -. v . n
verbal battle -ensued at police head
quarters in" which Superirtc.ndent
Eugene Birmingham finally too!: part
and ordered the man photographed at
once that Bo8tov and New Y uric po
lice authorities might be i:formol
of the capture. ,

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