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VOLa 51 NOv 123-
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., MONDAY, MAY 24, 1915
PRICE TWO CENTS
: MML- Ml Ml MJEEfS ATTACK COAST TOWMS
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
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
.' - ... . ..
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
BROWN LEARNS NEW
DUTIES AS SEALER
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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?
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."
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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.
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
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
S. THAI WAR
HAS BEEN BEGUM
consider herself at war with Aus
- 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 ,
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