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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., MONDAY, MAY 24, 1915 PRICE TWO CENTS : MML- Ml Ml MJEEfS ATTACK COAST TOWMS V- r nnn 11: Gruesome Find Is Made By Workmen Who Oper ate Steam Shovel in Immediate Vicinity v of . . Disco veryof Emma Gill's Dissevered Body Medical Examiner Has Littie Hope of Discov ering Woman's Identity Legs k and' Head Sawed Off. . ' , . The torso of the dismembered body of a woman v sewed in a sheet- and clad in undergarments that afford v but f aintf hope of .the', victim's identification bemgx made, was discovered . about 9 o 'clock . this morning . near the i eastern shore of Yellow Mill pond, just south of the plant V of v the City. Ice &.Coal Co. ' ' : 5 v.-k- ;r BtLriecL at a depth of 5 feet, it was' brought to light through the-action of -a huge steam shovel, used in excava tion work; Promptly the police and corpnerbegan an in vestigation, with the result that they concurred in. the hie-' lief that murder had been done. i - , 7. , ', ' , Until Medical lExaminer GarKek late this afternoon " completes his autopsy, begun this forenoon,, there will be j only conjectures as to the nature of the crime . " ; ; He said, however that examination of the torso con ' vinced him that the woman was in Vnormal condition when deathovertook hex. -' ', . ";- - : : -;- , v The head, atrus, arid botb-legfc had'' been sawed off, close to the body. The medical examiner inclines. to the belief that the body has been buried possibly a whole year. 4 Th woman was of ordinary stature, and probably about 30 years of age. v : i ' Tv. S. M. .laxlicfe, 'medical examiJ n9r,' began a preliminary, exanination of the torso at the city morgue this noon. : He was called away before he had completed his investigation which i- he will resume this afternoon. ( ' ; While he refused to discuss the case ' officially until his ' examination . is completed. Dr. Qarliek is known to the belief that the case is clearly mur der. Hla inyestigationi thus far,, have ' disclosed these facts: ' rJ - . .The. body Is apparently tbat of a :: young woman.. Tliere are no dis ' tingnlsbjng marks on the torsoby : whicb , an identtftoatloni misbt "be -es-tablisbed. . Tim body apparently has neen un derground , for about a year and is in an advanced stage of decomposition. When found, the torso was sewed up in a white bed sheet. . The stitches . were with heavy cord and were se ; curely, though clumsily, worked., The .." body was clad in awhite nndershte and aw bite nightgown, both .of fine texture. The legs were sawed off Just below -1 the hip sockets, ; The sockets dis closed the hacking marks of a saw. . The head was severed midway be ' tween the shoulders and thee bin." The hands are slender and evidmt ly those of a -woman unused to manual , toil. There were no jewels on . the body, i " Medical Examiner Garlick took "samples of thes heeet- and clothing that covered the' body. They are in such condition that identification marks' cannot be distinguished. The remains were buried this after 4 noon in" the poor farm at Lake-view. , Discovery of i the torso was made about 9 o'clock this morning by Chas. J I Simmons, of Glenwood avenue, em Vployed by the city Ice & Coal Cpi, in removing a ridge of dirt left byN the ! immense steam shovel of the Bridge port Hydraulic Company employed in ' the excavating of the lot. ' As Simmons was guiding the two horse scoop shovel on its course i through the -three foot ridge he no ; ticed what appeared" to be a bundle ' of rags roll over in front of the scoop, i His nostrils were Immediately greet ,ed with an unbearable odor. Stopping ithe horses which' seemed somewhat ; frigh'tened and nervous, he : stooped down to investigate the mass when he observed what appeared to be the el ; bow of a human being, that projected through a rent in the cloth. : . "Other workmen gathered, around - the object and when it became assur ed that a portion of a body was wrapped in the cloth Harry E. Hasted, manager of the City Ice & Coal Co., was called to the ... spot. He at once ordered all work in the vicinity stop ped and immediately telephoned to '"Coroner John J. Phelan, who notified ,i Medical Examiner S. M. Garlick. ; Dr. Garlick, on his arrival made minute examination of the bundle partially opening It with a sharp stick. It was found to be wrapped in sever al coverings of a sheet of good tex ture. Investigation disclosed the tor so of a , womanv apparently . of large stature or intensely bloated, y : The right arms-were still intact, and show ed hands of intense whiteness. The lower section was in an intense state of putrefaction and the skin covering the ' body had passed v beyond ''recognition ef any marks that it may have borne In life. ' ' . : - . " ' . Beneath the sheeting, the torso still Ietained a t cotton ribbed . undervest ilyig luffillioi : Mf -rOLlGfc u .' - ... . .. cover or part of a chemise tied at the top with a colored ribbon. ' These have not as yet been fully examined for marks, though sections were taken by medical examiner Garlick as pos sible clues of r identification.' ,j . The spot in which the- body was bur ied, probably to a depth of five feet, was, until two weeks ago, very seclud ed, having been covered with a dense copse of bushes five or six feet in height. It is bounded on the north by the . City lee & Coal company ( which rears its fence and coal ipockets high above the street.. Yellow Mill pond is on the west side and runs to a small cove In which the torso of Emma Gill was found similarly wrapped nearly twenty years- ago. O" the east side Sea view avenue and the tracks of the railroad spar. leading to the American Tube & Stamping company f ormv ; a boundary. t y I In the lot a sewer was vcut through by the Pierce -Manufacturing company about two years ago. The ground is dark loam- above, followed by fill and, beneath, a layer of fine sand. In the dense cover of the undergrowth and the newly dug sewer excavation it would -have been short work for one or two strong men to . have dug- the grave in which the carefully drapped torso was' found . today. - Several other holes tow a depth of two or three eet and no fully filled with earth have attracted "the atten tion of the police and -it is likely that they, will be carefully rprobed for the head and legs of the body, which are styi missing. Other clues which are having close attention of the police are some cloth ing, shoes and ' underwear cast aside in the bushes some SO feet distant from the spot in which the torso was found. These consist of a blue shirt, striped with white, a, blue vest striped with white and bearing an indelible mark "B-25," a pair of Bannister ' shoes, much worn and without strings. In addition there is a much worn pair of fleece lined men's- underdrawers and a twill shirt of nondescript color. The spot from which the section was dislodged is about 75 feet west from the streeet, and in a. direct line with the sewer excavation. It is about 20 feet from, a giant and Bark strip ped chestnut treet which stands out prominently as a market to the grave. It is feared by detectives that, the ex act location of the grave which, may have contained other portions of the body has ben lost, for at a depth of about 25 feet wide and nearly thirty feet from the surface the big steam shovel has cut a trail 2 5 feet wide and nearly thirty feet beyond the spot near where the body was found. Engineer A. O. Northrop, of 78 Courtland streeet, operator of the steam shovel which takes nearly a cubic yard of material at one bite of its big Jaws,, said: "I was first ac quainted with the find by the shouts of Simmons who. had rolled over what was apparently a bundle of rags. This lay about 25 feet behind my shovel and might have been dislodged by the spill of the uplifting 'arm, rafther than buried" in that spot. If this is so, the head and legs may have long ago been dumped into one of the carts and thrown down the embank ment into the muddy bottom of Yel low Mill pond. . , "I am not of that belief, however, for the odor of decomposition would undoubtedly have attracted the at (ContinuAd aa Pa Two) ' ' . ' . ; . , n r n f?rs r ra f'ttn n ?i . ft jy sas ra h?hs Immense Construction Work Is Temporarily Halted When Differences Long, in Dispute Come to Head Men Want 10 Cents Per the Method of Paying Off Day. - v ' The Immense building operations of the Bridgeport Arms plant were in terrupted .this morning when j00 bricklayers walked out on the Stew art Construction; company because three of their demands would not be met. , The great activity that has result ed in buildings going up ' over night. dwellings disappearing in a twinkling, and putting arms experts to work as fast as they could be given space in wmcn to wore, is virtually inrerruprea today because the bricklayers were unanimous In their demands. Three- things were asked by the workmen.. They wanted 70 cents an hour, instead .of 60 cents,"which they receive now; they don't want to work only seven hours and a half a day; and they want the double check sys tem of paying them their salaries on Saturdays abolished. i ' , . These demands have been made if or several weeks and they came to a head when -the men were perturbed by an order -not to start, work until 8:30. The entire - working force walked out, leaving buildings in an uncompleted condition. i SUGGESTS BALLOT TO DECIDE WHO'S TO-BE THE DEPUTY In an effort to agree upon a candi date for deputy sheriff who will be satisfactory to the . Italian speaking voters, former Deputy Louis E.'-Kich- ards has suggested that the voters be given a chance to indicate their pref erence. The only men left in the race are Dan Delia and Frank Fasenello. Both have numerous supporters al though Fasenollo olaim.- to have a larger following than Delia. Richards thinks that in the interest of harmony it would be a good plan to have the Italian speaking citizens of the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth dis tricts meet and vote for their favorite candidate. Then the . voters . in the. Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh could hold a meeting. Most of the Italian voters are in these districts. The idea of get ting petitions doesn't meet with much favor because the le&dersx say the man who sees a voter, first ;will get his sig nature. ' ' - Friends of Deputy Sheriff Abriola think he should 'be retained in ofnee by -8herlf-elect Pease. The latter will make1 his appointment in a few days but . hasn't indicated yet who the lucky- man will be. , Trumbull's Body Here; Arrived In New Yorl? Today With 8 Victims The body of Isaac B. Trumbull, who was among the victims of the Liusitania. was brought to this city at 2 o'clock this afternoon from New York, where, it arrived this morning from Liverpool. A; H. Trumbull, brother of the de ceased, accompanied the body here. The funeral will be held tomorrow. The bodies of nine persons who perished when the ' Lusitania- sank, first of the dead to be brought to New York, were landed in New York to day from the American line steamer New York, which sailed ifrom Liver pool on the night of May 16, eight days after the Lusitania was torpe doed. The dead . aboard the New York were: - - Charles Frohman, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Charles' A. Plamondon, Chicago: T. B. King, New York; C. T.. Brodrick, Boston; I. B. Trumbull, Bridgeport; A. R.. Foley, Trenton, N. J.; Miss H. Ellis, St. Thomas, Ontv; Miss McBright, address not given.. SUSPEND PITCHER LEONARD St. Louis, May 24 Hugh Leonard, star pitcher for the Boston Americans was suspended today dn the arrival of the team here for not being in good condition. - . ' The Austrian Landsturm was ca fcjGu3A up for fxjxjonixxafj on . Hour Advance, Change in and Want Full Eight Hour General opinion among some of the cooler -headed bricklayers and by per sons connected with the construction plant is that the , matter will -be set tled either .tomorrow , or " within a few days. If the men don't return to work as expected, it is said others will take their places. ,- ' According to men familiar with union matters, the 'advance from 60 cents to 70 cents is contrary to union miles, and this will be a basis for amicable adjustment. . '' -' The double check system, it is as sertedj causes the men to lose an hour or two waiting ia line for their pay after the whistle blows at Saturday noons. ished. Thev want, the vetcm a.bal. has"been-a?neby most- con- struction companies. . - They - assert most companies- pay before noon, so that the men . will not lose much time. ' . i The men don't like to be: cut down to seven hours and a half work, they say also. - -This was proposed this morning and they rebelled. It is reported that the . union1-will not sanction the demand of the men for the salary . advance. MISS DURKIN HERE FOR LITIGATION' ON NEW HIGH SCHOOL Miss Alice Durkin of the New York firm of Durkin & Laas, which had the contract for the new High school, was present today when the 914,000 suit brought against her firm by Rob ertson & Gavonne was started before Judge William H. Comley, Jr., who acted as committee. Miss Durkin wore a suit., of the fashionable sand shade and surmounted this with a small hat. trimmed with red. Robertson & Gavonne claim they were not. paid for the excavation wrok at the school. The defendants say there was an error made by Robertson & Gavonne in figuring - the number of yards excavated. Judge Comley reserved decision. BROWN LEARNS NEW DUTIES AS SEALER FROM CUNNINGHAM Police Commissioner William R. Brown, who is slated to get the ap pointment of county sealer,1 started to day with Sealer Thomas J. Cunning ham on a tour of nearby towns. The present sealer will, acquaint the pros pective official with the duties so that he may be prepared to start on the work on June 1. Frank E. Ballard, who will succeed County Commissioner Simeon Pease when the latter becomes county sher iff, visited the commissioners' offices today and . was given a ' few instruc tions. He will take office Jrine 1. Miss Kelly Gives Expert Testimony on Values of Lace Miss Margaret Kelly, one of the proprietors of the Smart Shop in Gol den Hill street, was a witness in the criminal superior court this morning in the cases of Antonio and Guiseppa Lamatano, charged with attempting to defraud insurance companies. Miss Kelly was called by the defense to testify regarding the value of lace on counterpanes belonging to the accus ed. She said the lace was worth $ 3 a yard. ' - ' ' ' The defense, through Attorney John J. Phelan, is trying to show that the goods insured in the premises at 741 Grand street - were worth more than the stateclaims. It is alleged by the state that there were three insurance policies on the goods at the time of the fire last February."1 The trial had not been finished at press hour. Stormy Meeting of Board of Education Likely Tonight When Lawyers Will Be On Hand to FightE,efusal of Salary Advances. Weeping Even Unto Hy steria in -Public Schools Today When Records of Board Disclose Those Who Are Affected. Humiliation, indignation and weep ing, even to the point of hysteria, were emotions paramount in the schools of Bridgeport today because the names have become known of the teachers who are to suffer by the en fore em en t of the so-called merit sys tem in the public schools, and there fore are ' to lose their scheduled raise of $50.,; y ' .' " , . r-' At least three lawyers were retain ed yesterday by . individual teachers to tight their cases cm the ground that they were treated unfairly. N The meeting of the board of edu cation promises to . be stormy in the extreme. - . One city official,-it is known, will appear before the board -this even ing to demand . to know why his daughter shall not receive her in crease in salary. Several attorneys are expected to be present, and a delr egation Of teachers will ask to be ad mitted. ' From reports about the city to-day, it is safe to say .many of the teach ers were actually furious at President Elmer EL Havens of the board be cause they allege he broke faith wjth them. In an interview he declared nobody would know"swho lost the increase.- In one West End school, a girl who had been affected by the "mrit" system, and who is adjudged one of the best teachers in the schools, 'fail ed to appear to teach this morning. Her principal attempted to teach her pupils but she broke down in a flood of weeping, because she thought she might be , credited with the act of flunking" one of her best instructors. A. storm of indignation arose in the schools this morning. It is asserted that many of the losses of increases may be traced to ' disagreements be tween supervisors and teachers. "How can they mark us," cry the teachers," when some of . tljettn don't visit a room once a year? How do they know what kind of teachers we are?" . -. . ' Almost angered because they allege the thing' would be ridiculous if it were not so pathetic, teachers have agreed to .post a paper on the boards in their rooms, upon which will be kept a record of the visits of the su pervisor and the work done on the oc casion of the visit. Several of the brightest teachers in the schools Were included in the list of those who lost, according to those who will protest. ALMES LEAVE 2,000 DEAD EV BATTLE AT GALLIPOLI Amsterdam, May 24 Official an nouncement was made here today that an attack by the French and British forces yesterday on the, Turkish posi tions near Seddul-Bahr at the south ern end of the Gallipoli peninsula had been repulsed. It was stated that the allies left 2,000 dead on the field. i - ; TOMORROWS THE DAY FOR THE BIG CIRCUS Ring-ling Brothers' circus is due to arrive in Bridgeport early to morrow morning, over the N". Y. N. II. and Hartford railroad, coming from Stamford, where it is exhib iting today. The show will unload at Railroad and Hancock avenues. The circus grounds will be lo cated at 'Fairfield avenue and Au burn street. . . . The afternoon performance will start at 2. . The night show at 8. The doors will open one hour ear lier. . Downtown ticket sale at the Jackson book store, 9S6 Main street. The parade win leave the grounds at ten. o'clock, moving in Fairfield, to State, to Main, to Fairfield and return to the grounds There will be no school tomor row. WEATHER FORECAST Showers this afternoon and j to-night ; Tuesday probably air Government Arsenal at Venice is Target for Air men in Raids That Extend to Many Towns Over a Line of 400 Miles Little Damage Re portedWarships in Adriatic Sea Bombard Coast Towns in First Naval Engagement Germany Joins Chief Ally and Issues Pro clamation of War on Italy, is Unofficial Report. "London, May 24 Germany today declared war on, j Italy, according to unofficial advices received here from? Paris. v Prince Von Bnelow, Germany's ambassador at Rome, j has left for home. He was .recalled by his government , immediately preceding the declaration of hostilities, uia-i official despatches say. Austria Strikes At Italian Coast - Rome, May 24r Naval and aerial attacks on Italian, coast towns were Austria's first moves today in her war -against Italy. Five towns, including Venice where the i governmental arsenal is situated, were subjected to the) aerial attack. . . " ' r Official announcements say little damage was donei and that the air-raiders were driven off. Austrian warships attacked the eastj coast of-Italy, along the Adriatic. There was a severe bombardment for short time, after which the "attacking fleet was compell ed to withdraw. , Y . Baid Covers a Wide Range In the raid ' on Venice, the - governmental arsenal is thought to have been the target of the hostile airmen. "No damage is reported. - , Porto Cosim, Ancona, towns on the Adriatic ,were The scope of the attack included 4 towns nearly 400 miles south of Venice where the first sortie was made. 'No cas ualties have been, reported. ' Y Russian Cruiser Sinks; 1,400 Dead. Berlin, May 24 The Overseas News Agency toda gave out, the following: "According to a Bucharest-' despatch, the Russian armored cruiser Panteleimons has been sunk with the loss , of 1,400 men in the Black Sea." -N :"' V ' . v r . German Aero Bombards Paris. . Paris, May 24 Another German aeroplane of the Taube type flew, over the northern suburb of Paris this t'Ll f.L llUUll aiiU. 1L 1LO Xli-iiJ-LL UX person "was injured by these ITALY NOTIFIES U. ON AUSTRIANS Washington, May 24 The Ameri can government's first official inform ation of Italy's declaration of war on Austria arrived today in a message from Ambassador Page afT. Rome. It was dispatched late yesterday after noon and said the Italian foreign minister had informed the Ambassa dor that after midnight "Italy would Italian iviobs Cheer Declaration of War Rome, May ,2 4 Enthusiastic de monstrations' in favor of the war con tinue" throughout Italy. In Florence, Venice, Genoa, Milanand the other centers of population, throngs fill the streets, cheering for the King and the army. Most of the members of the cham ber of deputies have volunteered for service in the army or navy. The son of Lieutenant General Ca-derna,- chief of staff, is a lieutenant in the same cavalry regiment which his grandfather commanded in the war of IS 66 against Austria. General Caderna's daughter, a nun in a con vent at Florence, has applied for ad mission to the Red Cross. Owing to the large, number of men now under arms there is a shortage of workmen. Most of the employ ers have promised the workmen that their places will be restored to them on their return from military . ser vice and that in the meantime pro vision will be made for their fam ilies. AUSTRIA AND ITALY READY FOR STRUGGLE London, May 24. After being vir tually in a state of war for several days with her former partners in the triple alliance, Italy, beginning to day, ratified this condition oy a dec laration of hostilities, direct at Austria-Hungary, with all the usual for malities. Furthermore, Germany is reported to have indicated her sup port of Austria-Hungary by a for mal declaration of war against Italy The general mobilization of the Italian army and navy is said to have been completed and a state of war has been declared" throughout the north ern provinces of Italy. On the Austrian side of the line. J3arletts and LJ-esi, seaport also subjected to the attacks; J IJ UCU. ijC V CI di OU1UUO. J-H-F projectiles. S. THAI WAR HAS BEEN BEGUM consider herself at war with Aus tria." v - On account of the mounr.ainous na ture of the territory, fighting of a dif ficult nature is looked for. In naval circles . it was" thought the Italian fleet which is in the Ad riatic would engage the Austrian fleet in'these waters, relieving French war ships on ' guard there to so to the Dardanelles. . ' martial law has been declared in the Trentino, the age limit . for military service has. been raised to 50 .years and stringent measures have been ta ken to control the Italian population of the duel monarchy. Demonstrations enthusiastically ap proving the war are reported from all parts of Italy, while on the other hand' Vienna has offered the warmest sup port of the people to the government in the operations, against the new en emy. . " The latest official announcement given at Petrograd is the most optim istic issued for a fortnight past. It not only indicates a pause in the Aus-tro-German advance along the river . San but claims, the Russians have adopted counter-offensive operations with some measure of success. Although ' not confirmed from any. official source, reports are published here to the effect that Germany, face to face with Italy as'a new-foe in the south, will have to- shorten her west ern line and that consequently she is preparing to withdraw her. men from the advanced line in Flanders. The reported evacuation of Bruges is a part of this movement. SWISS IXCTCEASE GtJAKD AIXMJG BOEDER LIXES. Basel, Switzerland, May 2 1 The Swiss government is' sending heavy reinforcements of troops to the south ern part of Switzerland, . and particu larly to the Canton of Ticino. The purpose of these troop movements ia to prevent the Italian irredentists in Switzerland from organizing a vol unteer corps for service in the Italian army. - 1 , AUSTRO-GERMAN VESSELS WORTH $20,000,000, SEIZED Rome, May 2 4. The value of Aus trian and German ships now in Ital ian ports which have become prizes of war is estimated at more than $20,000,000.