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VOL. 52 KG. 6
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1916
PRICE TWO CENTS
PROBE OF DEATH
IN "NEW HAVEN"
iJ jrf! jl f"1 jWWPSWWB F1 pplWW"
EST. EBSGf OF
Judge Enters 'Nolle in Case
of Woman Charged "With
... Abandoning Her ' Child
When She ' Marries, But
Won't Give Up Babe.
7 Father of r Infant Threatens
to Sue City of Bridgeport
- and Habeas Corpus Pro
ceedings Are Likely Boy
is Listed As "Pauper'' in
City Records; s .
' TTtterly ignoring- the action of the
ccnjrt in entering a nolle in the case
of Missk "Esther Peterson . this ' morn--'
lng on the charge of abandoning her
six. weeks, old child. Superintendent
Spencer iC Gordon refuses to give up
' the babe, although Miss Peterson was
married ''this morning to Its father.
As a result, a high official of Nthe
' police department is known to have
consulted with Mayor Wilson and
Hjalmer E- Anderson, the child's
I father threatens ; to sue. the ' city of
Bridgeport. "v '
Anderson has placed ' the case in the
- hands of his attorney. Although an
ious to take his child and care for it,.
- Superintendent Gordon lias placed it
in a private home and listed ' it as a
"pauper." Anderson makes enough
to support himself ndf family proper-
ly. : s v : ' . .. -
Esther Peterson, aged 28, a mater
nity nurse formerly connected with
the iying-In hospital in New York
city, is the mother of the child, which
was found abandoned oft the night of
Dec 8, and Hjalmar E. Anderson, a I
machinist, - -living in Southington,
Conn., is the father.5' Anderson camel
to this, -city today and appeared. De
fore Judge Frederic A. "Bartlett in city
court, when his fiancee-was toeing ar-
raigned. on the criminal charge of
abandonment, 's1 ' ' .'
' - He admitted being the parent of the
l babe and Informed the court that It
was his intention to marry ;the girl,
judge itletfc then, ordered, thw cas
of Miss Peterson held -back for aa
hour and iin the meanU Jhe Detrtlve
James A. tooley escorted the J?a to
the office jbf- iBiB.iE.;.Twfis-v.cnerlt,
Clarence E.; Wmton, -her ttesy were
' united, in .matrimony with thai detec
tive and a girt attache of , the dffice
as witnesses. '.'. ' 'iS '. ' v ";-
' . The. pirty then returned to the city
court room and Judge Bartlett order
ed a nolle in the case of Miss Peter
son. He suggested that they procure
the infant from the board of chari
ties and go back to' Southingtoh where
they will reside in the future, f-
.". f : "When application for the child was
made at the office of Supt. Gordon,
the latter stoutly refused to turn the
child over to its parents, saying -that
the mother -of the child was not fit,
in his opinion to be entrusted with the
!. youngster and that until such time as
he saw fit to "surrender the young
ster to its parents, it must remain in
charge of ..the department of public
. charities - UT ' '
. When informed of this the parents
" were- indignant and threatened to
bring suit against the city of Bridge
port and have the matter threshed out
. in the superior court. This would ne
cessitate the arrest of Spencer B.. 6or.
don under habeas corpus proceedings.
-'After the finding of the two weeks
-'old babe it was turned over to the
authorities at the Bridgeport hospital
as a, charge on the city, but has since
been placed in a private home and
; is listed as a city pauper." .... '
When th father of the child was
interviewed as to what action would
be taken on' the refusal of Gordon to
give him charge of his son, he was
rather . reticent and did not care to
' discuss the subject other than to say
that he would see that he obtained the
' boy and . that the matter will rest in
the hands of iis lawyer in Southing-
ton; , .-', . , ': ,.-'.'
' The dispute has eaused considerable
discussion about the court rooms and
some lawyers even went so far- as1 to
recommend that the father use' . phy
sical prowess to obtain the child"
claiming that as he is the rightful
, parent no man has any right to keep
, his father from him and that law will
.. not uphold Gordon in his action..
Vault Door in St. Paul Office
is Blown Open anACash"
'I V is Taken. .
r -St Paul, Minn.. Jan. 1 From $600
to $5,000 in cash and Internal revenue
stamps "which may total $1,000,000 in
'valui were stolen from the office of
th collector "of Internal revenue in
th old postoffle building last night
when the vault door was blown open.
E. J. Lynch, revenue collector, who
immediately after the robbery was no
tified joined St. Paul and Minneapo
lis police forces in investigation, said
the robbers carefully had picked out
- the ' negotiable securities, leaving un
negotiabls ones in large amounts. He
said It was evident that the -robbery
had been planned and carried out by
experts. : . ' '
The cabaret shows must go - ' ) -
-This is the edict of the administration, soon to be -promulgated
through the police department. " ,
Proprietors of '.drinking places
whose business ' lately has had . phe
nomenal increases because of . the
cabaret attractions must find some
other means of making their places
Inviting for they will be allowed no
longer to corfduct dancing and what
savors of theatrical attractions in
their cafes. . .
Plans already have been made for
the suppression of the cabaret shows,
if the proprietors ' of , these places
show any Inclination to resent the in
terference of the administration. The
officials take the stand that the ca
baret shows-, constitute theatrical en
tertainment, f that a license must be
obtained for such entertainment, and
that if the cabaret manager has no
license he is violating a law. No
such licenses have been issued to the
half dozen local cabaret . shows, and
should any of these managers apply,
his application will be denied.
. It is held that the general har
acter of the cabaret shows of the city
doea not contribute- materiallv to the
wholes&tne fun of Bridgeport. : The
proposed action of the city officials
was precipitated by the hearing of
the remonstrance against the Hotel
Atlas where, a cabaret show has been
a regular feature of, entertainment for
three years. - The county commis-i
sioners have not -yet decided whether
to grant a renewal of the Atlas 11- J
J ARB SGRIIN
Every tinie G. Howard Scribner, the
former local real estate dealer, took a
girl out to dinner or bought some oth
er feminine friend. a, diamond ring, he
noted the fact in his diary. - Three of
these bulky diaries were produced in
the superior court this, afternoon when
Martha: "Irene Scribner - appeared be
fore JUdge Gager " t , -et a divorce -f
from theJ young man who disappeared
mo suddenly from the city in 1914. She
received a decree on the ground of iif-
ItoaaKeraniee-,.-,,,,,.; v. '. .
- Such entries as X3ot drunK today,"
"Took . Mabel : out,, for a taxi Tide
"Bought Minnie -a -diamond S1,riig for
J150," were frequent- in the diaries.
Tjtiere were so , many days on which
Scribner wrote "Got drunk today" that
Judge Gager inquired of Mrs. . Scribner
it she regarded ' her husband as a
truthful ' man." -The wife replied that
he -told the truth, about being intoxj
cated.'' '' -j-v ,J . ; ' .i::'-"f
Mrs. .Scribner is f petite young per
son of more than ordinary good looks.
She recounted her marital troubles
from the thne1' she inarried Scribner in
1905. She said she and her -husband
got along well for about a year. Then,
he began to come - home intoxicated.
He was helpless when drunk and of
ten fell on the floor when, he arrived
in the house. - As she was' unable to
TOWN CLERK SCHULTZ ISSUES
ULTIMATUM TO COPYIST' WHO
TOLD fllM HE WASfW" BOSS
- By registered letter Town Clerk Jo
seph W. ;Schultz today notified Miss
Mabel E. McGrath that ' she must
either appear at his office; send some
excuse as to her" reason for absent
ing herself or consider herself dis
charged. In the event that, she, does
not make proper ' reply her dismissal
will take effect Monday morning. -
Mr. Schultz a press hour today ad
mitted he had sent the letter but said
he had no reply from Misa McGrath.
He said that he has nothing to say at
present but. that he Intended to stand
pat and be boss in - the town clerk's
office. ,"'''' ". T -'- .
, It was rumored about the city' hall
today that , a number of the friends
of Miss McGrath visited Mayor Wil
son and City -Clerk tobinson . who is
chairman ' of the .' Republican .town
committee, and asked that' the diffi
culty be straightened out and Miss Mc
Grath returned to her employment. It
is also reported that the incident has
created strained relations between
Town Clerk Schultz and the .Republi
can machine. The women clerks in
the town clerk's 'of fice have been conT
inued in their positions for years un
U. C. T. Christmas .
; FestivarWill Be
Held Here Tomorrow
The annual Christmas tree festival
of the Bridgeport branch of the Unit
ed Commercial Travelers' will be held
at Odd Fellows hall, in Broad street,
tomorrow. There will be a business
meeting at 3 o'clock with a- turkey
dinner 'at 6 o'clock. ' At 8 o'clock
Santa Claus, impersonated by City
Clerk Robinson will distribute gifts to
young and old. ' Members of the or
der, I their families and friends will
attend the festival. A huge Christ
mas tree will be erected in one cor
ner of the hall and dancing will be
gin at 10 o'clock. Thaddeus Adami
s chairman of the committee of ar
'. f '
-The yirginla Railway & Power Co.,
voluntarily ;, . advanced the wages of
motormen and conductors on the enr
tire system, tafefing in Richmond, Pet
ersburg. Norfolk, and Portsmouth.
There are six places in Bridgeport
wnere caoaret snows are -adjuncts to
restaurants which (have liquor li
censes. The Fairfield Restaurant ca
baret, 174-178 Fairfield avenue, is the
largest of all. It gives employment
to a manager, six singers, four sing
ing waiters and an orchestra Of three.
This is an adjunct to Freyler's cafe.'
Carr's 1 restaurant. Cannon an
Broad streets, maintains a cabaret
where .are employed, six singers,,, a
pianist and violinist. The Faust, in
Elm streets has five singers;, the At
lantic hotel, two singers and the
Star, Middle street, three singers. The
Atlas has eight performers.-
,. There is no charge of admission to
the cabaret shows, but ' in most of
them the visitor's coat and hat is
checked as he enters, and for this it
Ms, customary to tip the checker. The
cnecKer pays a bu uaianuai sum iur
the privilege. In one place the
checker. is said to pay $100 a month,
taking a chance'' on makintg enough
in tips" to pay this rental and ''leave
wages for the checker.' ,
Entertainers in the cabaret shows
"earn from $12 to $30 a week. Singing
waiters get small pay and tips." Other
entertainers earn from $18 to $30.
from which are deducted commissions
of agencies through which they obtain
employment. . - ' ' '
lift" him she was accustomed to throw
a blanket over her husband and let
him stay on the floor all-night, j
. In spite of his drinking habits Mrs.
Scribner endured her husband's treat
ment . untiP several yearn later when
he started" "to go with other women
Once he told her he was-going to New
iTork to-celebrate' his .birthday "but she
had detectives on the trail, and they
found that "Scribner went with a wra
mafe to a" hotel. Theii ' Mrs. Scribner
brought suit for divorce butj,withdrew
the- action " afte'r Scribner begged her
to take him. back. ,
After-, that scribner- began to expe
rience business troubles. In 1914 he
old his wife he would have to -go to
Jail. ( He said "he had taken money -be
longing to clients, that he was in debt
to the "extent Of . $3,500 anacould not
borrow any money. Rather than see
her husband go to Jail, Mrs. Scribner
went among her friends and borrowed
enough, to pay-Steribner's debts.
She helped him. with the real estate
business but when she discovered a
bill for $150 for a. rfng which, he had
presented, to., another woman, Mrs.
Scribner-'put her ""---- band Out of the
firm-. It was at " this time, October,
1914, that' Scribner left the city. Mrs.
Scribner said she does not know where!!
he is. Her .maiden; name was Martha
Merwin. ' ' . - . .
der the changing regime of the Dem
ocratic and tSe Republican parties.
Miss McGrath, who has been the in-
dexer of realty transfers, quit her post
on Monday after an argument with
Town Clerk Schultz during which he
insisted that she teach Mrs. Julia j
Cuddyr, a new copyist, her work. Sines'!
then no records have been made and
as Miss McGrath is the only, clerk
in ' the office who understands this
work,, there is much" that, is yet to be
done. News that Town Clerk Schultz
had sent a letterHo Miss McGrath to
day, was not received with very good
grace by either the mayor or the city
clerk. The mayor and the town
clerk are reported to have hatl a very
serious discussion over' the matter
yesterday and It ia reported the may
or expressed himself as displeased
with Mr. Schultzs attitude and also
that he told him that it, was the first
time under, a" Republican administra
tion ' in the last 2 0 years s that there
has been any friction between the
town clerk and his employed
In the meantime Miss McGrath is
staying at home and saying' nothing.
Husband Pawned Their
Household Effects To
Get Money For , Liquor
Declaring that her husband pawned
household articles ' in order to get
money to buy liqUor, Marie Robstock
of : this city was granted a divorce
from Andrew Robsock of Stratford by
Judge Gager in the superior court this
afternoon. Mrs, Robstock testified
that her husband often beat her and
threw furniture at ; Her. I She married
him June 4, 1905. -- '- .
Robstock had a small printing bus
iness in this city 'but his -wife said he
lost it because Of his drinking habits.
Other witnesses told of hearing Mrs.
Robstock - shriek- when her husband
was beating her. Mrs. Robstock's
maiden name' was' Marie Kendall.
CHIMNEY , FTRE
Fire in a chimney at 252 Fairfield
avenue caused trifling damage at. 9:01
this morning. The flames were ex
tinguished by the us of chemicals.
No Criminal Responsibility
Attached to Case of John
READERS SAW HIM
Physician, Coming at 11th
Hour, Kindly Received,
But Dismissed. L ;
v Coroner John J. 'Phelan has com
pleted his inquiry into' the circum
stances attending the death "of . John
Macllroy of Stratford, who was ill
for 10 days, and who was visited by
a 'physician only a few hours before
his death. The coroner finds no crim-r
inal negligence in connection wth the
death of Macllroy, pointing out that
both he and his family, were prompt
ed by their leanings towards Chris
tian Science to prefer Christian Sci
ence to medical practitioners. , ,
Through the investigation it tran
spired that as - the condition of Mac
Uroy became steadily worse, his wife,
who was also a believer in, Christian
Science teaching,1 importuned by the
neighbors, called in Dr. DeRuyter
Howland. While receivingthe physi
cian kindly, ' Mr. , Macllroy declined to
receive treatment from him. He died
thre hours, later. The coroner's report
i "The undersigned having notice of
the death , of John Mcllroy, a white
male 36 years old, late of the town
of Stratford, who on he 3rd day of
January A. D., 1916, died an untime
ly death -af 117 "Warwick Ave., in the
town'. of Staatford, having " made i im
mediate inquiry concerning his death,
do hereby certify that said John Mo
Uroy died in Stratford oh the 3rdsday
of January, A. r., 1916, from broncho-pneumonia
grip.- - ' ... -' V.',
"It appeared upon Inquiry, the de
ceased, who was an ardent believer, in
Christian . Science teachings, became,
sick on Sunday.,' Dec. 26, 1915. He
thereupon, requested his wife,, who Is
an Interested believer in the tenets
of Christian Science , also, to call a
Mrs. .Hodge, known as -a practitioner
or healer of that faith to attend and
give him such treatment " as is ususal
and ; approved- by the practices,? of
Christian Sciences The practitioner
named, as well as one. Mrs. Conradi
alao' a like practitioner, attended him
at his home during his illness, ; minis
tering to him as above.- They-failed
intheir efforts to save him, however,
as he died on the date above shown.
During the period of the . illness
the wife of the, deceased, upon the
suggestion Of (neighbors, fcsf well as by
her own earnest promptings, besought
her' husband many times- during the
week to allow her to call her family's
physician to prescribe remedies and
treatment. The . deceased, however,"
having full belief In the treatment of
the practitioners named, . expressed.
ihe desir that Christian Science
treatment ' be continued Instead r On
Sunday, Jasr. 2, 1916 said wife be
cause -of the continuance rather than
the apparent danger of the illness,
without her husband's" consent, called
a physician to treat him.. The latter,
then very weak, and ili wniie jtinuiy
receiving the physician, desired" and
received no materia- nedication from
him, but instead insisted on continuing
the Christian Science, treatment, iii
which" he at all titnes expressed un-;
. "Unnnirv failed to.!-show any con
duct n the part of the wife or friends
of the deceased in reference to his
proper care and treatment as could be
classed as criminally negligent, but
X.ii Vi received- at their hands
every comforting attention desired by
him in the 'carrying out or iub ii'
,Tit of his cure justified by his per
h .nt faith in Christian Science
"I ther if ore hold the deceased died
at the time, place and from the cause
stated, and am sattsriea tnat saiu
death was not caused by the criminal
act of any person or persons.
Nr.at.ber Mrs. Hodge or Mrs. - COnrad
are known to the local officials of the
Christian Science church, here. There
is no branch of the church, in StratT
er-rt TiVwifvrielr-A. Peitzsch,. a factory.
ofHcial,is the principal reader for the.
society in this city. a'ne society uaa
winmir ot R7T Lalayette SWeet. XVJ.I-.
Peitzsch has declared that Mr. Mac
llroy was not a member or tne cnurcn
in this city -and that ne was not at
tended by any Christian . Science reads
Miss Jessie KJnsley of North avenue
is the second reader in tne cnurcn
here. . '
The services at the funeral of Mr.
Macllroy were conducted by the Rev.
Chaunceyl C. Kennedy, reetor of Christ
Episcopal church of Stratford. : The
Masonic ritual for the dead was also
exemplified by officers of St. John s
lodge- of Stratford.
HANS SCHMIDT IS
TO DIE IN CHAIR
Albany, Jan. 7 The court of ap
peals today denied a motion for "a re
argument of i the appeal of Hans
Schmidt, the New York priest, con
victed of the murder of Anna Au
muller and sentenced to die in the
electric chair at Sing Sing next -week.
Unsettled tonight, probably
Saturday partly cloudy. .Moderate
winds, mostly north.
Closing Day of Three Months
Trial Consumed in Ad
dress by Judge.
MADE ON LEGAL POINT
William ' Rockefeller Only
One of Defendants at Fin
. al Session.
. New York, Jan. 7 A verdict Is ex
pected before nightfall in the trial
of the eleven former : directors of the
New York, New Haven & Hartford
railroad, who have been on trial for
three" months; charged with criminal
violation of the Sherman anti-trust
, The charge of Judge Hunt covered
many legal points in , the case, and'
his rulings were received with the
utmost interest. jAt the conclusion
of his address, the' jury took the case.
"William Rockefeller was the . only
defendant not in court when Judge
Hunt, began his remarks. The charge
against the defendants being a mis
demeanor; theirpresence was not le
gally required. Charles S. Melleh was
in court sitting in the spectators' box.
, The court, after- describing the in
dictment, first instructed -the Jury
that, the case should be. considered
without regard to any testimony that
would indicate "any attempts to in
fluencelegislation by bribery or cor
rupt means." . . -
The , indictment contained no such
charge, he said. Discussing tne, Kner
man act, he said that 'it did hot pre
scribe a limit to acquisitions and that
large ; enterprises may in' a certain
sense" b permitted to monopolize com
merce. Magnitude of business was
not in-Jtself a violation of a law.
' Thecourt held that the charge also
could not be sustained unless the 3ury
was satisfied that the defendants or
any pt them "intended to enter an
illegal combination." Intent, he said,
was "psychological and not to be as
certained; by fixed rule of law.".1 The
Jury would' have to determine it by
facte and circumstances.
Judge Hunt instructed the, Jury
that the so-called -tripartite agreement
between the New. York . Central, the
Newv Haven and the New York- &
Harlem in the early nineties was not a
violation of the Sherman act. i
The 11 defendants are William Rock
efeller ancV Dewis Cass Dedyard, New
York: Filwnrd p. JRofbins,"New Ha-
iven; Chariest F. Brooker, Ansonla,
Conn. j. D. 'Newton Barney, Hartford;
Robert W. Taft Providence, R.
Chwrles M. Pratt, Ba-ooklyn Henry K.
(MeHarg, 'Stamford Conn. ; James S.
Hemingway, A. Heaton Robertson and
(Frederick F. Brewster,-- New Haven.,
They "were specifically charged with
conspiring to, monopolize ' the entire,
transportation traffic of 'ew Elzland.
fThey were indicted in February,- 1915, ,
after an investigation by the depart
ment Of justice ' begun more, than a
year previous and theN trial began on
Oct. 13.' ".-, ' - , ' ,:..' .-: - --' -.' "."-.
Then other former directors were in
dicted -with them, of whom three made
successful pleas xf Immunity, .six ob
tained a separate trial and one, George
MacCullocb Miller was not.broughtto
trial on account of his age.. . .
On the verdict of the jury lif this
case. would largely depend thei-at'ti-tude
of the government, counsel said
today, toward the six who gained a
separate trial. , These ai George F,
Baker, Theodore N. Vail, Francis .T.
Maxwell, T. DeWitt Cuyler, Edward(
MilliSraJh and Alexander Cockreffi."' In
he event of an aQquitkal-by the Jury
it was -not thought that the case would
be pressed against them. '
The maximum penalty in ! event .of
conviction is' one year in prlsoh , or
$5,000 fine, or .both. - , v
The alleged conspiracy dated back
to July 2, 1890, the date of the enact
ment of the Sherman law, since which
Continued on Page 4.) ' , -v
William Kefrins, Suffering
From Amnesia, Wandered
r to Newark. -
Missing from his home at-5 8 Mad
ison avenue 'since the early part of
November, William Kerrins, aged 48,
a harnessmaker , in the employ of
Samuel Pendleton of Cannon street,
has been located in the Newark gen
eral hospital .where he has been con
fined for three days, suff erinjf' from
amnesia. . . .
Kerrins was reported missing from
his home, Nov.- 4, and in some j un
known manner made his way' to Jer
sey City, Sphere the police of that
place found him. wandering around
in 'an aimless manner.- Nov. 6. He was
confined to the Jersey City hospital.
where after a stay. of two. months he
suddenly disappeared and" was found
wandering about the streets of New
ark a few days ago.
He was -'taken to the general hos
pital in. that xiity and yesterday re
gained his memory for the first time
since his disappearance. The police
aathcjrities of Newark have communi
cated . with Superintendent Eugene
Birmingham and Kerrins win . be
brought to this city tomorrow by rela
tives who have gone to Newark for
him; He. has -now recovered his
faculties and after further medical
treatment will soon be able to re
sume his position as a harnessmak
Senator Smith of South Carolina
introduced the literacy test Immigra
tion bill, which has been passed by
two Congresses, and twice vetoed. ;
Berlin Makes Overtures Looking to Immediate
Settlement of 6bntroversy By Paying Indem
nity For American
ances That AH Classes of Vessels With Pas
sengers Will Be Protected.
' vu,xa. j. ivuujcuo wiuuu mo vj Allot II iUVcrll.
ment believed will end the controversy over the Lusitania dis-
aster-in. a manner satisfactory to, the United States were under-
stood to ,have been received here today from Berlin. Count Von '
Bernstorff had an appointment' to confer with Secretary Lan-i
sing this afternoon. 1 I
Germany is Relieved fo, have agreed to pay an -indemnity 1
for the Americans lost when the liner wasorpedoed at the '
same time basing a reservation, of any wrongdoing upon the'
contention that the -destruction of the vessel was an act of re- 1
prisal in retaliation for the British, blockade of . Germany.
; ; ' Germany isalso' understood to be ready to give assurances j
that her submarine commanders operating in the Mediterranean j
will not torpedo without warning privately owned vessels of !
any description including liners, freighters and tramp steamers.:
German assurances in regard to the submarine warfare in the 1
Jorth Sea include only liners in passenger service. ' '
- . - -. '.v"v ' '.' ';' -V- "' !
- ' Among tha Americans for whose death indemnity might be
asked, under the. German proposals Outlined iiythe foregoing, I
is Isaac B. Trumbull, of Bridgeport, who was lost on the Lusi- '
. Washington, Jan.' 7 The submarine crisis, still of uncer-('
tain status --because . "-.of lack of details, was placed by President
Wilson before the cabinet today in its first meeting since his
return from Hot-Springs, 'Va. '
v The Senate foreign relations committee also, met to consid- 1
er the situation but as Senator Stone was detained at the White j
Housebya conferences with the President,' adjourned without?
action. ; - . J' '
Name of Vessel Not Given in
Official Import by Admiralty
. Office Dutch Cruiser picks
A Up Survivors.
"Jjondoii, Jan 7 The sinking.' of a
Britlsh i submarine off the coast v of
Holland was officially announced, this
morning'. The crew were saved. " ( '
The admiralty statement says that
the submarine, the name of which is
not given, was sunk yesterday oft the
island of Voxel, the largest and most
southwesterly ' of the Frisian 'group.
The entire crew, numbering 33, was
rescued by the Hutch cruiser Noord
BraDant and brought Into the Iutx'li
port of Heldearjl j
INTENSITY OF STRUGGLE '
IN EAST IS DECEASING
London, Jan. 7. According to of
ficial advices from Vienha; the fight
ing on the eastern front has decreas
ed in violence, the Russians Jhavmg
ceased to attack with' vigor between
the Pripet and, the Besabarian fron
tier. -The only gain officially announc
ed for the Russians yesterday! was
at Czartorysk the scene of many san
guinary struggles where, it is said the
Austrians were driven from the ceme
tery. An advance in this region will
threaten Kovel, one of the strongest
Austro-tJerman positions. it is De-
lieved that eyeh though no further
gains should be made Russia s rorces
have attained a position, which will
give the nation a degree of1 power in
the Balkan af fairs it has not had since
its armies were driven back from the
The British public is still concern
ed chiefly with the domestic crisis.
Notwithstanding the ' heavy majority
for the compulsion bill on first read
ing in the House of Commons, the
press is speculating on the possibility
of a break-up of the political truce
with a general election os the final
I chapter of the controversy.
Lives Lost md By Assur- J
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Although more than a week has j
puescu tiiu i.u Lixe sieainanip fersia was
sunk i in the. Mediterranean with the
loss of American lives," officials were
today still Uniformed as to whether
the vessel was torpedoed and j.t so,
the nationality of the submarine and
other details which would determine j
theA nature of the action the t White i
House will take.,. Developments tend j
tbday to indicate that the American. .
government would withhold action
pending official advices determining
these points. . -''..'
Overnight developments' Included,
the receipt of despatches fropi Am
bassador Penfield at Vienna, asserting
that the Austrian government was
without information concerning the
incident up o the night of Jan. 4, and
from 'Consul Garrels at Alexandria,
Egypt, stating that-' he had obtained
affidavits from 21 survivors and that
all confirmed previous statements that
"no, warning was given and no ves
sel was seen.'- . . ' '
Ambassador Penfield's despatch
added, that Baron Buriah, the Aus
trian foreign minister, has asked what
information concerning the incident '
was in possesson of the Unted States, i
Officers and crew of the Persia, j
Consul Garrels reported'have left Al-
exafidria for England. Their af fidav- J
its, state department officials bellev- j
ed,-would be obtained upon their ar.'
BURNED; LOSS IS
Cincinnati, Jan. 7- The large three
story depot and office building of the
Adams Express company at th norths
west corner of Front, and
streets, this city, was . destroyed
city, was . destroyed by
fire early today. The, loss is estimat
ed at $800,000. . ,
Crossed eleclric wires in the audit
department on the second floor of the
building is said to have caused the
During' the fire J. W. Dale, assist- j
ant general agent, assisted by the po- j
lice, removed 11 bags, said to con-j
tain $1,000 each and eleven, chests I
which contained money, the amount
ofwhich could not be learned. I
A large amount of money was in 1
the big vault, Mr, Dale said, and the i
depot and warehouses are used as an
exchange point ' and were well filled
with freight of all kinds. All of the I -records
kept In th& building were i
destroyed! : . '
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