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VOL. 52 NO. 5
BRIDGEPORT, CONN.,THTJRSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1916
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"SLANDER ACTION
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Secretary Seaman Causes
Arrest of v J ames' Mons
port, Another Member.
DEFENDANT MADE
- SERIOUS CHARGES
Trouble FoUows Investiga
'm tion. Into , Accuracy of
Fraternity Books,
"WooiJinen of the Waria In Briage-
' port, and especially. Kossuth Camp,
No. 1 4, the biggest In this city and
' o&e of the largest in the state hav
-been thrown intoa ferment as the rej
suit of charges brought in-open meet
ing against ' Anthony Seaman, secre
tary of the organization and the ar
rest of James Monsport a member, in
. suit' for $3,000 for alleged slander, s
'-, According to the papers drawn by
Attorney Ernest perger, for Seaman,
; the complainant, and served yester
tf day afternoon by deputy sheriff W. G.
Steigler, much friction- has developed
recently in the order ' and culminated
last Sunday when Monsport is alleged
in their papers to have declared be
fore more than 100 persons that Sea
' man' was. "a crook and a robber? He
''is a dirty handed mean' thief and lie
.. does not belong among men."
It 1 is this - alleged. statement that
-yesterday caused: the arrest- of Mons
port upon a charge of slander and his
i subsequent release upon $3,000 bonds
furnished by Stephen Vargo, a saloon
leeeper of the West Snd. '
" Camp of Woodmen a bitter feeling has
been extant in the organization for
some time because of the long term
of office held by Seaman, who is one
of the"-foremen .at the American
Graphophone Co'.'s plant.- The office
pays some perquisities as 'well as a
email salary and 'it is said that many
keenly fought battles have been re
corded in the Jodge for-possession of
fhe post , ... , , i
But recently question arose s to the
accuracy of the book-keeping methods
; put in vogue by Seaman with the re
sult that, specual auditors were called
in and an examination , made: The
report fully, exonerated Seaman, but
-still dissension ruled in the lodge room
and insinuations, were made as- toac-
when Monsport' s words were repeated
to- Seaman .and upon the adviced of ,
friends the suit was ' brought. : . r .
It is pelieved! thai, one of the most
. -bitterly fought battles ever seen in lo-
cal fraternal circles will result from
the present action, i '' , , .
COBBLERS NOW
JOIN RANKS OF
UfliOffMEMBERS
fShoema3sers of Smaller Es
tablishments Organize for
fetter Hours, '
A . result of . agitation aid to
havbeen stimulated . by merchants
throughou tthe city who close their
stores nightly, the cobblers of Bridge
' port are now being organised under
the direction of John J. O'Neil and
other labor leaders of this city.-
When completed the organization
will have about 1O0 members and thei
hours of labor will be standardized.
The organization -will include all those
workq&en " and , employes who now
maintain small establishments
throughout the city" where work is
..continued until late hours at night.
Many nationalities are represented."
SIX CHILDREN
DIE WHEN FIRE
SWEEPS HOME
j Martinsville,1 W. Va., Jan. 6. Six
children of John Morgan, ranging
from 4 . to 14 years, were burned to
death in their home today. Morgan
saved one, daughter and while at
tempting to save the others was so se
riously burned he may not recover. -
"Hermit Farmer"
Leaves Large , Sums
c To Catholic Church
New' Britain Jan.- 6 Among the
bequests in. the will of Hugh Kerwin
filed today lb the - court , of probate,
are the following
Trustees o4 St. Mary's Church, this
city,- $1',-6M P-t. Rev. John J. Nilan,
Bishop of the Hartford diocese, or his
successor, $l,0f(0 to be-used at his dis
cretion for St Agnes' Home in West
'Hartford.; Sisters of St. Joseph's Con
vent, his city, J1.000; Little Sisters of
rthe "Poor, New Haven, ?5(J0.
John. B. Preston, of Hartford, a
friend, is ' bequeathed $4,000 and his
two children $500"each. To his house
keeper, Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mr. Ker
win left $1,X00.
' Mr. Kerwin was -known, as the
-."Hermit farmer." Until a yekr ago
he conducted a farm "In Newlngton
wher? he lived as a recluse. During
the last year of his life he made many
.public bequests. , ,
THE WEATHER
riartly rirmdy zunl mucb colder to
night, with a moderate cold wne;
X"rlX fair. Strong wt winds. .
SUFFRAGISTS AND
"ANTIS" GRAPPLE
IN DEATH BATTLE
. -
Ideals Are Torn From Their
Pedestals and Beliefs
Are Shattered.
LEADERS BITTER IN
v BIG PUBLIC DEBATE
Trade Virile Verbiage In
Furious Fight on Which
Men Looks With Awe.
Suffrage and anti-suffrage stood
caustic fire from speakers and a large
audience gathered last .night under
the auspices or the Bridgeport Philo
sophic society in Knights of Pythias
hall. . The speakers, Mrs. Katherine
Houghton Hepburn, chairman of the
Opiineoicut Woman's Suffrage associ-J-
auon ana mrs. urace .uanieis- vj-ooa-?
win, a former (member of the national
exeuctlve board of the Anti-suffragists,
founder and president of District
of Columbia asociation and a well
known writer were, kept from direct
personalities only by the greatest ef
fort on the part of Chairman Ernest
Berger; who at times had to puts a.
stop to; argument.
,-The suffragists, with which the hall
was packed, listened to one of the
most i. caustic arraignments of their
cause- they ever heard, . backed by a
host of facts and figures that gave
little room for direct dispute and on
several occasions'- when their cham
pion, Mrs. Hepburn, attempted evas
ive answers, Mrs. Goodwin .called the
attention of the chairman and audi
(Continued on Pge ii-
FRITZ PFAU DEAD
AFTER BEING ILL
ONLY FEW HOURS
It k
Taken-. to Hospital With
Pneumonia, He Survives 5
Bu Short Time.
'FWz jPfaujone ci the. most, widely
known hot el ahdT-'-saToon ' merJf" in the
state, diec suddenly tut the Bridgeport
hospital, last nlght-f Death -was
caused by ' oedema of the lungs, fol
lowing an " acute- attack, of pneu
nonia. " .. ; ' - ' j
. Mr. . Pfai had "been ill for several
days with a. severe cold. ' Pneumonia
followed jand sX 7 o'clock last night
he decided' to go to -the hospital for
treatment- He - died there at ,10
o'clock. His relatives are prostrat
ed 'with ' grief a this sudden , demise.
Mr. Pfau was 61 year of age and
was 'born in Bridgeport. His father,
Julius Pfau,now deceased, is said to
have sold the first lager beer dispens
ed here. His aloon was located at
12&& Main "street, where Julius Pfau,
a brother -of Fritz; still carries on the
bu'siness and where Fritz was employ
ed at the time of his death. . Mr.
Pfau learned thx business, working
for his father at a time when the
-old - fashioned German saloons' were
more on the style of restaurants. He
was an adept at all things that " per
tained to ' his business and took de
llight in cooking a tasty meal, pre
paring a lunch or in . decorating and
arranging a back bar.
About 1893, Mr. Pfau left his fath
er's employ and engaged in business
for: himself in .partnership with Mat
thew J, Maloney.' , They opened a
saloon in what is now the stock- quo
tation room of T. I. Watson & Co.
The entrance being in John street.
The place was known as the "Pretzel
and Shamrock." Soon afterward
Mr. Pfau conceived the idea of estab
lishing : the Amazon cafe. Mrs.
Jacques, widow of Dr.- Jean Jacques,
built for the partners, the three story
building in John street, now occupied
"by the Morris Plan bank. , , '
There, Mr. Pfau and his partner,
Mr. Maloney, established on an elab
orate scale a cafe which was after
ward known all over the country and
which,1 for its character, was one of
the'show spots of the city-s
Mr. Pfau adorned the place1 with
valuable paintings and costly statu
ary and behind the bar, tier upon tier
of shining glassware. He took much.'
pleasure tn decorating the interior of
the place especially at Christmas
time. Soon after he moved into the
Amazon cafe. .Mr. Maloney retired
from the business. Mr. Pfau after
ward continued the business alone for
about 1 8 years. - The business was
then taken over by his brother, Wil
liam Pfau, who . now conducts it in
Fairfield avenue. s
For a time Mr. Pfau managed what
is now the Pratt cafe in -Fairfield
avenue. For one summer season he
had charge of the Pine Grove Inn In
Stratford. During , the World's Fair
at St. Louis he managed one of the
largest cafes and restaurants on. "The
Pike" having undey his orders some
200 employes. Afterward he return
ed to Bridgeport and since that time
has been in the enploye of his broth
ers, Julius and William Pfau. . .
Mr. Pfau was of vivacious disposi
tion, seldom out of temper and had
th faculty of . winning friends and
keeping them. He was one of the
early members of the Bridgeport
lodge of Elks and took much pleas
ure in assisting in the staging of their
minstrel shows and entertainments.
At his death he held membership
in the Loyal Order of Moose, Bridge
port aerie of Eagles and the Bartend
ers' Union. ,
Besides his aged mother, who lives
at 420 North Washington avenue he
is survived by his wife, who, was Miss
May Swain; a sister Louise Pfau, a
choir singer; and two brothers, Julius
and William Pfau.
- His death marks the, passing Of one
of the 'mort active and interesting
personalities that has graced the bus
iness and fraternal life of this city.
MACHINISTS GET
$1,000 FOR FUND
IN FIRST MONTH
Labor's Defense Money Gen
erously Contributed By
Members of Local.
TOTAL EXPECTED TO
PASS $6,000 MARK
Five Months Semain For
Donations to Treasury for
Eight Hour Fight.
More -than $1,000 has been contrib
uted by machinists of Bridgeport to
the 'Labor Defense fund to protect
members of the craft from discrim
ination during next summer and to
flghtr the battle for the eight hour day.
This great fund, which is merely a
'start, has beensgathered 'in only one
month, December, through voluntary
contributions of members ot the In
ternational Association of Machinists,
Jvocal No. 50. "
Five months more remain "before the
fund w'll be -closed and at the rate a,t
which it has begun, more than. $,000
is expected t .be at the command or
the union when the eight hour fight is
renewed. Fifty cents -a month will be
donated by the more than. 2,500 mem
bers of. the -union,' for six, months. A1-
though the contributions are entirely
voluntary, the great majority of the i
men have aided in increasing the
treasury. ' x
The money win be -used, it is de
clared, in the effort to establish a gen
eral eight hour day in Bridgeort.
There are a few factories left against
which campaigns have not been start- j
ed and because difficult tasks are pre
sented, funds., for a costly battle are
rnooded. .' ' ' '
The contributions are - made even !
eagerly becauae the men making them
generally are men who have worked
10, 12 and even 15 hours a day before.
They werev given, the eight - hour day
after a fight for, them by the union.
Now they are willing to help others
get the boon. '-" -r
0LICEL1EN LOSE
DAYS flf F UNTIL
GRIPMVEGOES
Shortage of Men in Depart
ment Because of Illness
f: Causes Ruling.
Owing to the epidemic of pneu
monia prevalent here police depart
ment officials today ruled that police-.
men having tickets of leave will not
be granted days off unless they are
ill or for some other equally impera
tive reason, ,
r There are now about 15 members
of the department ill of grip, three are
out because of death in their families,
and about 10, policemen are enjoying
their regular vacations which were
started before the ' epidemic struck
this city. , ,
The rule Was I put in vogue ' this
morning when Capt. John H. Regan
Tas compelled ' to refuse three men
applications for days off owing-to the
shortage of men in the department at
rpresent. Some of the applicants have
as many as . 2 4 days coming to them
but this does not alter the rule in any
way. v -... . - - " ; . V '
In the absence of . Court Offieer
Christopher Finnegan,' who is ill of
the grip. Policeman i Joseph T. Cough
lin will ,fill the position. To show how
hard hit the pohce "department is at
thex present,' Policeman Coughlin al
though filling the position of . court
officer, is suffering from, abscesses on
his right shoulder, and as long as he
is able to be about ' he will be com
pelled to do duty. y
MILLIONAIRE HAD
TO WALK PLANK,
HE TELLS COURT
Builder Failing to Finish
Mansion, Lantern King
. "Roughed It."
Declaring that he had to use planks
instead of stairways In-' his beautiful
country home in- Greenwich and was
also forced t6 nail doors because there
were no locks, M. C. Nichols, son-in-law'
of John H. Dietz, the millionaire
"Lantern . King," appeared in the ! com
mon pleas courfc today to; contest the
suit brought by Frank Shea of Stam
ford. - ,
Shea is a member of, the contracting
firm known as the Shea-Sullivan Co.
He had the contract to erect the Nich
ols house but did ,not finish it on Jan
nary 1, 1915, as agreed. When a dis
pute arose over the payment of the
bill Shea brought the present action
for $1,200.
Nichols declares, he was put to great
expense when the, house was not fin
ished on time. He had to . rent a
neighboring estate for six weeks at a
rate of $135 a' month. When his fam
ily moved into ' the house it was not
finished. Acting- Judge Wilder re
served decision in the case.
COLD WAVE IN CHICAGO.
Chicago. Jan. 6 The coldest thus
far of the 1915-16 winter, seven de
grees above zero, was recorded in Chi
cago last njght. Below zero tem
perature prevailed today across every
state from Montana to Michigan.
-', t .
CHEER UP, FOLKS!
PHYSICIANS SEE
GRIP'SJOE HERE
Cold Wave, on Way to City,
Will Rout the Busy Germs,
They Promise.
MORE THAN 10,000
IN THIS CITY HIT
Doctors Say That One Out of
Every Three Families Has
Felt Disease. ,
Cheer np sad hearts and cease re
pining. 1 Behind each cloud is the sun
etui 'shining. The grip pandemic
If Sja pandemic now, not an epidemic
is expected to flee Into the Atlantic
Ocean, hard followed by a cold wave
that is sweeping south-westward and
which is now almost on the threshold
of Bridgeport.
Unlets all signs and indications,
observed "by medical authorities and
weather prophets fail, the gsrip, or la
grippe, or Influenza,, or lightning ca
tarrh or blitz-catarrh, as the case may
toe and -as one chooses, will be wiped
out before Sunday The cold, wave
that is merrily rushing hither is ex
pected to do great execution among
the germs of grip and for every Ill
ness that' has been caused by the lit
tle pests a few million of them will de
part this life.
That's the belief of competent med
ical authorities, although some differ
with them. The believers assert that
Bridgeport era may cheer up as- the
Weather Man has sent the following
bulletins ' ! " '
A: moderate cold wave prevailed
today, and will contin-ue tonight and
Friday from the Mississippi river east
ward to the Atlantia coast, the cold
expending southwest toward the gulf
states. ,
The -cold, they say, will cause the
death of - the germs. Others declare
that this is not so, but that a pneu
monia Increase may be looked for.
' It . is conservatively estimated that
13,0Wl persons in Bridgeport have
been ill with grip alone since the ill
ness became an epidemic. Just before
becoming a pandemic.
Dr. EL' A. McLellkn, health officer.
declared today that one could safely
say that one of every three ' families
in Bridgeport has been hit by the Ull
ness. r He said,-- he wouldn't dispute
anybody Who says 10,000 have been ill.
Today is the 25th day since the
trouble started. . During that time it
has swept aver Bridgeport, in com
mon with other cities in the United
States. . i Detroit and --Cleveland ' have
60,00 cases each, according to Surgeon
General Blue of the United States
Public Health Service. . , -
Seventy-four'persons died' last week
in New york directly of grip, ilts ef
fects may be Judged from the fact that
the normal average death rate is 140
every week. Last week it was nearly
double or 282. i '
Bridgeport and St. ' Vincent's 'hospi-
'tals have many person's suffering from
grip. So many are dying in this city
that there is a scarcity of hacks. ,
One of the remarkable things about
grip, whic his true about a pandemic
of any kind, is that in proportion to
Its increase, other illnesses fall off.
Thus, in Bridgeport, diphtheria and
scarlet ' fever are almost non-existent,
and the same condition is prevalent
throughout the Middle West.
Thucydides tells of the plague in
'Athens in 40o B. C. and recorded the
strange fact that there was no other
disease among the Athenians.
3-rip has oppressed' civilized men
at various times always, but it was
not until the last quarter of a century
that, it became a perrminent visitor. It
is recorded that, prior to .1889, grip
swept over the world in cycles of 30
years. - Records show that Europe felt
Its effects in the 30's and again in the
00"s but each time it disappeared ut
terly. In 1889, however, the. disease swept
from Siberia Into Russian Europe.then
to Germany and other Continental
countries, thence to the United States.
Since then it has been a steady
boarder In the United States. It had
been here before that, but never was
recognized and soon left. , . The per
manency of its call is attributed by
medical experts to the fact that mod
ern man travels so much and trans
portation is so feasy and far reaching.
Whereas,., in former times, the grip,
on a visit, gerierallly died with its hosts
because of lack of material, modern
man carries the germ about with him
and scatters them in all corners.
The Germans called it lightning ca
tarrh or blitz-catarrh, which is the
same thing. The French call It la
grippe and the - Americans grip, and
longer but uglier words. Medical men
call it influenza, which is a poorer
name than -grip, , interested ones say,
as it indicates griping pains. Grip Is
the old Saxonized German name for the
illness but modern Germans have for
gotten it.
TAX OS BILLBOARDS
NETS SMALL AMOUNT.
Hartford, Jan. 6 Since the law
passed at the last session of the Gen
eral Assembly imposing a tax of 1 cenb
per square fooWon billboards went
into effect on August 1,-1914, the rev
enue from it which Is collected by the
secretary of state, up to date has
amounted to only $500. This is a
much smaller amount than was ex
pected. A number of large owners
have ' not paid the tax, their delay
being due to a belief that the law is
not constitutional. It is understood
that a test case from New Haven will
be taken to the supreme court.
PRESIDENT WILL PONDER N
HIGH COURT APPOINTEE
Washington, Jan. 6 President Wil
son told callers today -that before ap
pointing a successor, to the late Su
preme Court Justice Lamar he would
thoroughly canvass the situation. He
said he wanted to get the best -man
in the country for the place.
PICKETS DIDN'T
THREATEN THEM,
ITNESSES SAY
Testimony in Silver Com
pany's Suit Against Strik- '
ers Refutes Charge.
"FEARED TROUBLE,"
SO SOME QUIT JOBS
Completion' of International
Co.'s Damage Action
Hastened By Judge.
New Haven, Jan. 6. The hearing on
the petition for an injunction against'
the striking former employes of the
International. Silver company in its
Meriden and Wallingford factories,
asked for by the company, was re
sumed before Judge James H. Webb
today. The likelihood was that the
hearing would end during the day, as
Judge Webb is' to sit at Waterbury to
morrow. !
Counsel for both sides had, been
asked to present evidence in concise
form. Ralph O. Wells, of Hartford, for
the petitioners, devoted yesterday af
ternoon to calling individuals who re
lated, in response of his questioning,
experiences they had had, since the
strike began. Some told of being
called names, others of being threat
ened and others of being frightened
into staying away from the factories.
ISome! witnesses were strikers and
some workmen 'who had refused to go
out or, having gone out and joined the
-union had. gone in again. C. J. Dan
aher, tor " the respondents, frequently
cross-examined the witnesses, seeking
to ascertain, if Incidents related were
of recent , occurrence . or had taken
place in the early days of the strike.
'He sought to show and did show in
several instances that recently there
have been no untoward acts,
The chief witness, yesterday was
James BT Hill, president of the local
which gathered in strikers , and fac
tory employes who were not members
of a union when the strike was called
He swore that at all times he coun
selled a peaceful picketing and that
the Connecticut Federation of Labor,
the Meriden Central Labor Union and
President Stremlau, of the Federation
of Labor, had nothing to do with th
strike. . .
The' attendance was fully as. large
as yesterday when the hearing opened,
Mr. Wells devoted most -of the morn
ing to calling as witnesses men wta
had been sent to Wallingford to, apply
for positions in the factories there by
the employment bureau maintained by
the manufacturers. These men fwere
asked to relate what happened after
they reached Wallingford and why
they did not get work. Mr. Danaher
frequently objected to the questioning;
because the witnesses did not adhere
closely to what .they .personally expe
rienced nor did s they hold strictly to
what they said to persons whom they
met. , i -,
Mr. Danaher told the court that he
preferred to have witnesses use the
personal pronoun "I'' more.
William R. Taylor, grocer, who filled
from $15 to $30 worth of strike orders.!
was questioned by Mr. Wells as to
whether or not a committee of. strik
ers in Wallingford tried to Induce him
nbt to sell to workmen who had re
fused to i strike but the witness said
nothing of this sort was said to him
Everett C. Stevens; assistant' super
intendent of Factory. .P. told of see
ing a. crowd of strikers at the Wal
lingford railroad station on Dec. -22
when aj carload of men eame in from
New Hven. The crowd induced these
men to return. He recalled that Mrs.
Scully .had said that there was no
strike on in Wallingford and help was
not needed. Witness saw others there
whom he mentioned by name.
W. C. SanfordAof New Haven', told
of two trips he had made to Walling
ford with the Intention of gettihg work
at the factory. On his first visit he
was told by a man who met him that
he did not need to go to the factory if
he was looking for work. He would
be taken care of. He said he did not
go to the shops: Oii his second visi
he was v met by two' men and after
taling with them again, changed his
i ; (Continued on P.age 2.)
ARREST V
WHO-DRO
HER TWO SONS
Judge i Issues Bench War
rant For Arrest of Mrs. s
Sophia Kroszeski.
New Haven, Jan. 6 Mrs. Sophia
Krosewski, of Milford, 1 was arrested
on v a bench warrant today charged
with having drowned her two sons,
Edward. Ave years old, and Stanley,
six, in the Milford reservoir, on Dec.
28 last. '
Mrs. Kroszewski threw the two
lads into the reservoir and then with
suicidal intent jumped after them. She
was rescued. In his finding filed
yesterday on the death of Edward
Kroszewski, Coroner Mix held the
woman criminally responsible for the
death of her sons.
NAW MAY ABANDON .
MARE ISLAND YARDS
Washington . Jan, 6. Possibility of
the navy being forced .by an inade
quate channel to abandon the Mare
Island Navy Yard tof the sue of big
ships, at least, was advanced today
by Rear Admiral H. T. Stanford, head
of the bureau of yards and docks, be
fore the House Naval Committee. . If
this should be necessary, Admiral
Stanford fjaid, the navy department
probably would recommend locating
facilities Cor. them at another point on
San Francisco Bay.
OMAN
WNED
S. k
Toe
CIRL DISPUTES
SCHULTZ EDICT
ON WHO'S BOSS
Copyist in Town Clerk's Of
fice Sees Mayor After Tilt
With. Superior.
WON'T TEACH NEW
CLERK HER DUTIES
Deeds Pile Up Awaiting
Truce Declaration Among
the Clerical Help. ,
Although he has posted a long list of
printed rules in his office and con
cludes them with one in ' which, he
states that1 infringement will mean
dismissal, Town Clerk Joseph Schultz
is unable to maintain discipline among
his clerks, say reports at city hall.
tDiscord which has been, brewing there
for some time blazed forth on Mpn
jday when Miss Mabels E. 'MoGrath.
i clerk in charge of the recording of
realty transactions, refused to teach
the work to a new copyist, Mrs. Julia
Cuddy. . .
Mr. , Schultz in his requisition which
he will present to the board of appor
tionment is asking for an additional
copyist :in his office. It is his inten
tion if the board grants him the ad
ditional i clerk, to appoint Mrs. .Julia.
Cuddy to the position. For a number
of years conditional bills of sale have
not been recorded in the office. Mr.
Schultz now intends they shall' be recorded-at
a feevof $1 each. It was his
intention , to place Mrs. Cuddy in
charge of this work. The latter Is a
widow with two children. Her hus
band,, who was a son of the former
Personal Tax Collector Patrick Cuddy,
died a short time ago.
Monday morning, so the etory goes,
Mrs. Cuddy reported for instruction at
the town clerk's office. , Mies.. McGFrath
is in charge of th. Burr indes book on
which all realty transactions are re
corded, one side being for the grantee,
the other side for the grantor. Town
Clerk Schultz introduced Mrs. Cuddy
and then instructed .Miss McGrath xto
show ' her the work. -Half an hour
passed and Mr. Schultz discovered
that Mv- Cuddy wasn't gerMng all the
instruction he thought desirable.
Mr. Schultz asked i Miss . McGraih
why she-had not obeyed his instruc
tions and Miss McGrath is alleged to
have ' replied that it had taken , her
years to acquire her. knowledge of
the books and she did not Intendto
impart that information to another
so that Mr. Schultz "could discharge
her whenever hep leased."
"Well you know I. am boss here,''
Mr.. Schultz is- reported to, have re
plied, "and if you do not want to do
Kas .1 say yo-u may -leave." ". j
"Well I don't think it all rests with
you," is said to have been Miss Mc
Grath's answer. "I will '.take the
matter up higher ."' ,
. Then Miss 'McGrath took the eleva
tor upstairs and lasid her complaint
before the mayor. 3 The mayor sent
for Town Clerk Schultz and later City
Clerk Robinson was brought into the
matter. --The town clerk insisted that
Miss McGrath must teach Mrs. Cud
dy her work and Miss McGrath insist
ed that she wouldn't
There ; the matter stands.' When
asked about the situation today Town
Clerk Schultz admitted the facts as
printed above but refused to comment
on them.' Miss McGrath could not
be reached. She has not been at the
office' for two days and in the meant
time transfers and' deeds are piling up
in the town clerk's office because no
one else knows how to record them
under the Burr system, in vogue. .
LABOR CONGRESS
AGAINST BRITISH
COMPULSION BILL
London, Jan. 6 The temper of the
labor congress was tested today by an
amendment-to the official resolution
to the effect that the congress should
support a measure of compulsion by
forcing the single men to attest. The
amendment was defeated on a card
vote by the overwhelming majority of
2,121,000 against 541,000.
President Henderson, . of the board
of education and leader of the labor
party in the House of Commons, serv
ed notice on the labor congress today
that if it decided that he should .op
pose the government's compulsion bill
he would 'refuse to accept such deci
sion; that he would immediately re
sign his seat in the House - of Com
mons and would ask 'his constituents
whether they endorsed his action or
not.
Bulgars Vote War Loan
, London, Jan. 6 A' war credit of
$100,000,000 was enthusiastically ap
proved by the Bulgarian parliament,
says a despatch to the Times from
Saloniki, All sections of the opposi
tion voted with the government. ,
WHOSE GIFTS ARE THESE?
More strayed Christmas gifts have
found- their way to the central post
office, where without word as to
whence they came or whither they are
bound, they await claimants. Three
Dear cards with , the messages "To
i.ucy from Dora," to "Old Lady Love
from Flo," and "To Mrs. Bierdsell f rom
1 Ann and Emma." V
SES AUSTRIA
lRRY DETAILS r
SIA' ATTACK)
Ambassador Penfield Pre
sents Request For Full In
formation at Vienna,
Identity . of Attacking
Vessel is Yeti in Doubt.
Situation at Standstill While
Washington Awaits Re- J
ports From Diplomats j
Senator Stone Confers
With the President.
Washington, ; Jan. 6 -Ambas
sador Penfiel,d cabled today he I
had presented informally to the
Vienna foreign office the Amer
ican governments request for
an information on the destruc-!
tion of the British liner Persia!
and M the time of filing his I
despatch had received no re-
piy-
American Consul Garrels at
Alexandriarepbrted that the af
fidavits h has gathered f rom f
the Persia , survivors gave ho
more proofs than a submarine j
torpedoed the liner or regard- ;
ing its nationality than were j
contained in his first despatch.
Ambassador Penfield was instruct- 1
ed to ask the Austrian government in- j
formally for any information it might ;
have on the Persia which would de- i
velop the facts in the case and help;
the American government decide how I
the liner was destroyed. Consul Gar-
rels was instructed get affidavits
for the same purpose. ";
So far the only actual statement j
tending to prove that the ship Was tor- i
pedoed came from ipne of the officers '
of the ship. He said he saw what he
thought was the wake of a torpedo.
No submarine was seen at any time.
Further despatches from! Ambassa
dor Penfield are expected at the state
department, probably late today and at
any event tomorrow. Meanwhile other
consular agents along the Mediterran
ehan coast, like. Consul Garrels, are
seeking further Information.
The absence, of further definite ad
i vices is .folding the situation alb far
as any action by the United States is
concerned, at a standstill. " a
Chairman Stone, of the foreign rela-l
tiohs committee, discussed the situa- 1
tion, with the President today and i
talked of other questions expected to '(
come up at a meeting of the. commit- j
tee tomorrow, particularly Senator
Tfall'fe resolution for information on ;
the recognition of the Carranza gov- i
Vrnment andinformation ,on the Mex- :
ican question.. !. v ' : ' ; "
The President told Senator Stone ,
no additional information of Impor- '
tance had; been received on the Persia
incident and expressed-the hope that
until the government had formulated
its policy there be as little discussion '
as possible in the Senate.
The Rev. Homer R.- Salisbury, oS .
this city,, the Seventh Day Adventist '
missionary ' superintendent; for India, ;
who saHed - on the -liner Persia from
Marseilles, was given up for lost In a
report to the Peninsular & Oriental
Xne transmitted to the . American ',
embassy in London. The report was '
transmitted today to the state depart -n
ment. Dr. Salisbury was born at Bat-'
tie rCreek, . Sttich, in 1870.
WILDER TO APPEAL
DECISION 111 LIBEL
SUIT AGAINST POST
Judge Files Notice of Inten
tion With Clerk of Su
'v perior dourt.
Judge Frank L. "Wilder of the city,
court filed notice in' the superior court!
today that he' intended to appeal toy
the supreme court from the decision j
of Judge William S. Case in the suiti
brought by Judge Wilder against the
Post Publishing Co. Judge Wildeni
brought suit for $10,000 damages, al-j
leging that certain articles appearing i
In the Post regarding Judge Wilder's
actions in the Carl. Fi Siemon arrest
were libelpus. i
In his decision Judge Case found ;
in favor of the Post. He said ttuit.'
the criticism of Judge Wilder came
under the head of "fair comment'
and denied the claim for damages.
STEEL COMPANY
TO BOOST WAGES
BY 10 PER CENT
New York, Jan. 6. The United
States Steel Corporation today decided
to increase the wages of virtually all
of Its unskilled employes about 10 per
cent. . -
HARBOR HAPPENINGS
The tug Charles Henry Mac Williams
with a tow of fourteen boats and the
William E. Gladwish, with eight tows,
both bound east, entered ' last night,
and continued on their way this morn
ing. . .

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