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BRIDGEPORT, CONN., TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1916
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' ' SECKEfS
Crew, Cursing Captain, Refused to Obey His Qr
Vi ders When He Commanded Them to Quit
' Work of Launching Lifeboats As Giant Liner
i ListedW-rpoks Declares Open Portholes Pre
' cipitated Sinking of-Yessel Which Otherwise
' flight Have Reached Irish Coast With Its
Great Cargo of HumanLives.
- ' ' .That the ideal weather conditions'prevailing off the coast
of Ireland on.My 7, when, the Lusitania. was torpedoed, indi-
J recti y contributed to the enormity of the greajt " sea trag-edy: wets
the paradoxical statement; with, which James H. Brooks, 502
Colorado avenue, salesman for the American Chain Co., a Lusi
tania 'survivor, prefaced 'a thrillmg story of his td venture) on
the liner, before select pirty'o'f friends in Stratford last even?
7 v Brooks declares that ihe calm weather and comparatively
high, temperature had resulted in the opening of all the , port
holes of ihe'vessel'to within 15 feet of the -water line. Conse
quently, when the torpedoed vessel began to list,, there was a
trenehdous rush of watec through the; portholes which precipi
tated -the sinkings v C '-" " ' ''
Without the water rushing through the portholes, he be
... lieves'the Lusitania wbuld haye'been able to ground on the Irish
coast. ..lie , says, also, that without 'the open portholes, there
would 'not have besn such a' short time before the vessel listed
so"as to make the manning "of the life boats soMifficult. ' '
x- Brooks revealed, also, facts which he said have been strick
en from the official record of the inquiry into the disaster. These
had to do with the conduct of the eaptain and the crew. Brooks
declares. the captain of the Lusitania ordered his oriw to vstop
lowering the. life boats that everything was -all right." He
tells of seeing-members of-the: crew still at wofk on the" life
boats, in defiance of the captain's ordets, and showering gener
ous curses upon that official's head as they toiled with the life
- boats-., V- ' ' , ' . n. -' " ' . '
' Brooks! spoke last night before the.
Men's club of thaComgregational
rhurch. StraUSordTii th tTdnv of f.
E Packard, D. D.. the pastor.
Coming to the time of the torpedo
ing. Mr. Brooks told how it was Just
about 2 o' clock, when hw cairie on the
boat deck and met a man arid woman
-who perished They - wanted him to
play shuffle-board ; Just before the
Marconi deck which was between the
foremost funnel of the jship.r The sea
1 was perfectly calm, with almost a
glassy appearance except for the rip
i pies created by the motion of the 750
' foot leviathan, traveling- in 350 feet of
water.- " .il ' - - ' v
' - On. the starboard side was the open
- eea. sadMr. Brooks. . Ireland was on
the port side. , ' ' i
"We were Jusi about, to make a turn
towards Qiieenstown harboi instead of
disembarking in tenders as is usual,"
eald he,' taking his auditors into the
i scene of the disaster. -. :
"Note this one thing, for it hasx a
v materia bearing on w"hat later hap
pened: It , was a beautifully warm
dar. above, though the water had
tested 52' degrees earlier ! the day; i
' every por hole on all decks to. wltnin
15 feet of the water l"ne was open.
'"I told my friends to- wait ya. minute
; and that I would be back as I wanted
first to get sight ' of Ireland's shore
and then would go below for : a. few
moments and when I came up would
bring another couple of players to
complete the game. ,
I Saw Torpedo's Course.
. "I. was just stepping behind the
steel sheathed Marconigram station
when X heard, my friends say, 'Brooks,
come back a moment. I turned and
saw about 300 yards distant the course
of a torpedo, -coming at approximately
' ,35v,milea an hour. I knew it instantly
and noticed that it was going to hit
tha .yessel well forward., So interested
was I Tn the sight a beautif ur one
'J.' that I forgot all fear 'and even went
. down to the starboard rail to see it
strike the sldexaf the vessel, believing
that It -would explode externally and
' that although, it might make a hole it
would not sink the vessel. I remem
ber even leaning far outward over the
rail to see its exact pointvof contact.
' , r. learned ' later that ' torpedoes do
not explode as I believed. , '
"In a. few seconds, the torpedo had
struck and disappeared. A fraction
of a. second later there was a dull
roar internally and the " forward sec
tion of the boat between the funnels
seemed to rise upward with a shower
of coal, splinters and , debris of all
J- kinds, flying I should say, about 150
feet in .the air- ' , .
- "My 'presence of mind seemed to
tell me tjiat I should get behind the
steel sheathing of the - Marconi house
to prevent being hit by "the flying
pieces , of deck and other debris. I
had Just taken three steps , when I
was suddenly struck down by a great
weight upon the back and literally
flattened out upon te deck. I was ter
ribly bruised even beneath the arms,
which were thrown above my head.
Others had the same experience and
later I learned that it was the huge
-volume of water which' always flies
.upward like a geyser when a -torpedo
explodes." , , " ' ' : :
The speaker said the couple who
were talking with him were thrown
flat and, like -Brooks, both had coal
dust driven, right into their skins. All
looked like coal heavers.
. i "For a moment the boat listed over
to port and seemed, to remain there
an indefinite period. It then righted
and, continued to sink slowly by the
. ' tdontinued on Pasre 4- v f -
Partly cloudy and colder ; tonight
and Wednesday, moderate northwest
to north winds. ' v " ' ' -
VISIT HOME OF
Judge Overrules Objections
' ' i By Defense Early InV-
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- Proivdence, Jan. 11 Before visiting
the scene of the murder of Dr.. C.
Franklin Mohr, the jury selected yes
terday to hear evidence in the "trial of
his widow, Mrs". . Elizabeth F. . Mohr,
and two negroes, Cecil V. Brown and
Henry H. Spellman, charged with re
sponsibility for the crime, went to
the courthouse today to ' listen to a
brief preliminary , statement by 'the
prosecution. J ' The complete opening
statements by ; both sides were reserv
ed until the return of . the juy from
its' inspection trip. '
Dr. Mohr was1' killed on Augnst 31,
last, while ' motoring fromFrovidenee
to Newport with his secretary, - Miss
Emily Gf. Burger,' and the . state al
leges that Mrs; Mohr hired three ne
groes to commit the crime: - -'
Assistant Attorney General Phillips,
outlining the state's .case, declared the
murder of Dr, Mohr one of the most
cold-blooded ever committed in Rhode
Island. Evidence, he said, would be
presented to .show that the assassins
lay in ambush and . wrhen his automo
bile was stopped, ' steppeU up and
shot Dr.Mohr and Miss Burger with
out the least warning.
Mr. Phillips said the jury would be
taken also to Dr.- Mohr's house and
garage in this city and to Mrs. Mohr's
hqme nearby. William H. Lewis, of
the defense, objected to the taing of
the jury to Dr. Mohr's house, but was
overruled. " - ,
HIGH MORTALITY IN .
CITY ? CAUSES MANY "': '
TO SIGN THEIR WILLS
Physicians are -not the only pro
fessional men that are being put upon
their best mettle at all times of night
and day; in Bridgeport as the result
of the present pandemic . of , the grip
and the . epidemics of brpnehitis and
pneumonia. . -
.,- The clergy have been active in their
efforts to assuage the .grief of famil-i
ies and counsel the sick and dying,
but particularly: busy v have been the
lawyers, '-whose necessity of drawing
up carefully - worded and accurate
drafts of extended wills have kept
them .burning the midnight oil during
the Mast three weeks. '
Added to- the will-drafting. occa
sioned by the fear of death In famil
ies that , sickness has ' stricken, or
where illness was cast like a shadow
there Jh. as been the necessity of pro
curing signatures in probate cases, as
mtlny of the occupants of homes
where death hacK visited, have been
111. This duty has. called lawyers in
every part of tiie city to the utmost
ends of Bridgeport. ,
. In. some Instances, it is reported
among lawyers, that they have drawn
more wills in two-weeks than-in an
equal number of years. One reported
that he had drawn 20 wills in' the
course of a week.. -
Frank H. Doddbeai e pub
lishing flrmVvf podd, Mead st Co., aied
in New York. He was 71 years old.
Barge .Potomac, Carrying
Timbers 1 for New Strat
- ford Avenue Span, Is
Blown Into Gulf Stream,
i Loses One of Crew and
"Drifts Six Days:- ,
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After a perilous voyage from Bruns
wick, Ga., during which she lost 'one
of her men, ,and was 'adrift for several
days in the Gulf stream, the barge Po
tomac of Baltimore,' with . cargo of
Carolina pine piles for the hew Strat
ford avenue bridce. entered the harbor
,lasti evening in iow qfthe Anniq W
or tne Jr-etar canel line. ; .
The Pofomac with the Hatteras left
Brunswick in the tow of the ocean
going tug Wellington, on December 22.
Off Frying Pan Shoal, N. C about
5:30 on the morning of the 23rd, they
ran Into" a. northeast galei and during
the most furious part -of the storm ;the
200 fathom hawser between: the Hat
teras and the Potomac parted. ;
,.Captain C B. Morgan and two men
were on, the barge at the time, and
one- of these, an emigrant from Po
land, whose name : is - unknown, was
washed - overboard -and' lost.' "The
barge, drifted south into.' the Gulf
stream and hampered by" the second
barge, -the attempts of the men on the
Wellington to recover her were of no
avail. The tug followed the drifting
Potomac for. six days , and nights and
on the 29th of the - month put' into"
Jacksonville,' Fla., of which they had
now drifted, left the Hatteras, and
started after the Potomac again.-
. Cl -v.- . .
w itw .jiiteci up ata .-towea
into "J acksonville where the Welling
ton recovered the Hatteras and- start-
ed north once more. The second trip
was uneventful. The, tug - left the
barge in New York and the Annie W.
towed her to this city." .
She lost none of her cargo. Captain
Morgan is not. inclined to be loqua
cious alxyit the trip but he admits that
it was "a bad stonm."
BE BEGUN' SOON
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Stratford Board of Finance
Seeking Sitef or Erection
Special to The' Farmer.)
.Stratford,, Jan. ' 11 At a t. special
meeting of the boardjiof finance held
lkst evening at the town hall Judge
Howard J. Curtis,, who j was appointed
to- select a site for the erection of a
memorial st ountain in ' honor of the
late Stiles Judsbn, -former state's at
torney, according to te terms) of his
will,' completed plans for its building.
Mrs. Minnie L. Judson, .widow of
the deceased, , deposited $5,000 to be
expended for the memorial, yesterday
with Town Treasurer. Walter S. Cur
tis. . The fountain will be built on
West Broad - street on te green' in
front' of the property of the late Capt.
William Bedell . Benjamin. It was
vote'd to have BelaMj. Pratt, 'of Boston.
Mass., the noted sculptor, design the
fountain and to include a portrait in
ronze of Mr. Judson. . The cost shall
not exceed S4.700. - . -i . . -
Three hundred dollars will be1 paid
for the, plot of ground on which the
monument ' will stand. Elliott W.
Peck, Edward B. Sniff en" arid Fred
Van deBogart were a.ppointid, a com
mittee -to prepare, a suita-ble .dedica
tion of the fountain if they deem such
a ceremony desirable. Work will be
gin immediately. . . i ; - -
Three Uncles Sing
. Mass at Funeral of
An unusually large number of rel
atives and friends of the late Edward
L. Fitzsimmons attended his funeral
at 8:30 this morning from the home
of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
Fitzsimmons of .354 Gregory street
and', a half hour later from Sacred
Heart church where a solemn high
mass of requiem ,was sung. Three
uncles of the young man officiated at
the services, the B.ev. Luke Fitzsim
mons of Waterbury singing the mass,
assisted by Rev. 'William Fitzsimmons
of ' New London, as deacon, and Rev.
John J. Conway of St. Mary's church,
this city, as sub-deacon. Rev. Robert
J. Bowen of St. Augustine's church
was master of ceremonies and Richard-
F. Moore, L. L. D., of Sacred
Heart church and Rev. Maurice , Mc
Auliff e of Hartford also assisted. The
church choir sang the responses to
the mass. After the services, Mrs. R.
J Witterwill sang "My Jesus As Thou
Wilt." The bearers: Maurice Dwyer,
John Lyre, -James O'Brien. Fred
Ives, Thomas Smith and John Kil
bride. "Rev. Luke and. William Fitz
simmons and Rev. Father Bowen read
the committal services, at St. : Mi
chael's"' cemetery. ' '
TO FIGHT ATLAS
IN UPPER COURT
Universalist Church Won't
Bear Brunt of Fight
Against Hotel Man
BAR MAY BE OPEN
Counsel vfor: Liquor Dealer
Announces Intention of
Carrying On Fight
The Pastors' ' association will join
the TJnivetsalist church, in fighting
Prof.- James Atlas, as the latter has
decided to appeal from the decision
of the county commissioners who yes
terday afternoon denied a renewal of
the Hotel Atlas liquor ;.-license. Al
though the members of the Pastors'
association did not file a. remonstrance
against the hotel they contributed
toward the fund' raised for, Jegal ex
penses. They are prepared to lend
moral as well as financial, aid now
that' the superior court is called upon
to review the evidence.
- It was Rev. William W. Rose and
his congregation at the Universalist
church who bore "the brunt, of the bat
tle against Prof. Atlas in the hearing
before the commissioners. The First
M. E. church was not" asked to contri
bute toward the expense fund but in
case of ah appeal this church will be
asked for a contribution.' It is near
the hotel and the members are anx
ious to have the license taken away.
Rev. George M. Brown tf this church
proved an important -.witness for the
remonstrants at the hearing.
. The county commissioners- said this
morning; that they . have not yet re
ceived notice that Atlas will appeal
.from their decision. Ee has 10 days
in which to- file an appeal and mean
while he is allowed, under the law, to
keep his place open while the decision
on his appeal is pending in the court.
. The decision of the commissioners,
denying .the renewal, was not much of
a surprise. The weight of. the testi
mony, against the applicant caused
those who - attended the hearings to
feel certain that-the license was sure
to go. '
Attorney .Daniel E. Brennan, of
counsel - for Prof. Atlas, stated this
afternoon that It had been decided to
take an appeal. He said the case
would be fought to a finish 'in the su
Officers of Company In Fed
- eral Court for Misuse
of tJ. S. Mails
i Jophn, - Mo., Jan. 11. The . Menace
Publishing company - of Aurora, Mo.,
and several of its officers were called
into federal court here for trial ., on
charges of misusing - the mails. In
dictments were returned against the
corporation and Wilbur . Phelps, Bruce
M. ' Phelps, Theodore C. Walker and
Marvin Brown, alleged to be connected
with the corporation, in Joplin xn
January 13, 1915. The indictments
charged violation of that section of
the United States penal code prohibit
ing "the deposit, or causing to be
posted for mailing or delivery, any obf
scene, lewd or filthy book, letter, writ
ing, print or other publication of inde
cent character." - !
Six counts in the indictment were
levelled; at items alleged to have been
printed in The Menace, a weekly pub
lication, alleged to have been distrib
uted through the United States by the
Menace Publishing company. The sev
enth indictment concerned messages in
a book entitled "The Pope, Chief of
White' Slavers; High Priest of In
trigue," of which the defendants were
charged with 'being the , distibuters.
The eighth count charged sending in
formation through the mails' as Jo
where the book might be obtained.
Pease Ends Contest for Job
County Sheriff Simeon . Pease an
nounced this -morning that he has ap
pointed Frank Fasanella deputy sheriff
in this city. This is the end of the
spirited competition for the iice. Dan
Delia, "a. Republican politician, was
anxious to get the position and so was
former Deputy Louis E. Richards.
Fasnella, who is a young man,' had
the support of the younger element
among the Italian speaking voters and
he finally won the berth. The new
deputy lives at 295 North Washington
avenue. He conducts a saloon at
North Washington avenue and Mead
ow street.' There are already four
deputies in this city: James Kiernan,
Thomas J. Cunningham, Wenzel
Stiegler, and Robert Nichols.
The Coast Guard cutter Seneca has
abandoned the search, for the Greek
steamer Thessalbhikl." The steamer is
believed to have sunk. - '
CARS FILTHY, IS
Health Inspectors, Without
Uniforms, Steal Into Cor
Give Officials One Week In
Which to Make Them
' More Sanitary
Dust-laden, filthy and unquestion
ably insanitary, are the trolley cars
running on tlie lines of the Connecti
cut Co., in. the streets of thus city, .ac
cording to a report made public today
by C. Howard JJunb-i?,, clerk of the
board of health. '
Every, car running- through the
streets of Bridgeport must be thor
oughly cleansed by scru' -ing', dusted
in ' a proper manner- an be able to
pass inspection of the board of health
one week from today, otherwise they
will be removed . from the streets of
the city by order 'if the board and
prosecution will follow, according to
Dressed in civilian attire, the three
santary health inspectors, Dunbar,
Louis j. Hilzsinger and Michael J.
Toomey, visited the car barns on Con
gress' street at 4 o'clock this morning,
unknown even to the night watchmen
at the barns, i The three inspectors
passed uhnnoticed into tTiS car barns
and in an hour had inspected 110 cars
before their presence was know, to
Out of the 110 cars inspected, Clerk
Dunbar ; Aports finding but two cars
that . would pass muster. Hanging
strap wooden supporters wsre dust
laden," windows were, dirty, floors were
laden with dirt, foul smells permeated
the cars, tobacco juice is reported as
being visible on the, platforms" of the
cars and the interior of one car' was
found in a deplorable condition. ,
Clerk Dunbar says that the officials
of the Connecticut Co. were notified to
clean the cars a week ago and to see
if the order had ben complied with,
the inspectors made the early morn
ing raid on the car barns. , ,
The; number of every cat- was taken
by he inspectors and it was found
that "cars No. 102 ' and 108 lettered
"New York & Stamford" were the
most insanitary of all. Several of the
newly purchased cars were also said
to be covered with dust. ' .
At the next meeting of the board of
health, a set of sanitary, rules to be
complied with by the officials of the
traction , company will be drawn up
and a copy of them will be forwarded
to the superintendent.
The two green cars on the JDanbury
& Bridgeport trolley , line were ' in a
disgraceful condition, according to
Clerk ; Dunbar. These two cars . are
stored in the barns of the Connec
ticut Co., but it is said, that they are
not cared for as they should be ac
cording to - the contract drawn up be
tween the two companies. '
No car cleaners -were visible upon
the raid of the inspectors and only
four men are . employed as cleaners.
Officials of the company say that they
are -unable to procure sufficient help
to clean the cars but employes of tjhe
company say that sufficient wages and
treatment are not afforded the em
ployes and there is no incentive for
them to hold their Jobs.
Superintendent Charles H. Chapman
pleaded ignorance of i the raid made
by the Health Inspectors. , He said
that he could not even say whether or
not the trolley cars were sanitary, and
until such time as he could make an
investigation he would not discuss the
matter. . ' ,
Cleric, Dunbar filed his report with
the Health commissioners today and
the matter will be held in abeyance
for one week when the inspectors will
again visit the car barns and see if
the order of the board has been-complied
with. . If not, prosecution of the
officials of the Connecticut .company
will follow according to officials of the
'Clerk' Dunbar ' said that the jitney
.cars were also taking on an insanitary
'appearance' and several of them' will
be notified to clean up today.
One lunch wagon on : Main street
and an o4her in East Bridgeport were
closed by order of the board of Health
this morning. These places have no
jSewer connection and for this reason
they are rated as being insanitary. '
OF ARMS PLOTS
Paul Koenig, at Liberty Un
der Heavy Bail, Is Re
New York, Jan. 11 The nolice
searched today fior Paul Koenig, the
so-called chief of the Hamburg
American line secret service who is
at liberty under $50,000 bail on a fed
eral Indictment . charging him with
conspiracy to blow up the Welland
A warrant for Koenlg's arrest was
issued yesterday by a magistrate
chargmg him with corruptly influenc
ing Frederick Schleindl formerly a
clerk in the National City bank, to de
liver letters .and telegrams to Koenig.
Scheindl was arrested and released on
bail some time ago. The new charge
against . Koenig is a misdemeanor
which carries a maximum penalty of
three years in the penitentiary. ' The
men say they were unable to find
Koenig at a hotel where he was sup
posed to be living. ;
TO ARMY COM
IS ORDERED IN
U. S. Probes Anti-German
Charges Against Stutt
gart Official . ,
Washington, Jan. "11 Ambassador
Gerard at Berlin, has been authorized
by Secretary , Lansing to investigate
unofficial charges against American
Consul Edward Higgins at ;Stuttgart,
alleging that he is pro-British and ob
jectionable to the German govern
ment. Should the charges be proved,
it was said, Mr. - Higgins will be in
formed that this government will not
permit unneutral activities on his part.
No offieial charge or complaint has
b(een made against him.
' Investigation is Begnn
Berlin, Jan."' 11 A Wolff -'Bureau
despatch from Stuttgart announces
that an official investigation has been
beguji of the case of Edward Higgins,
American consul at Stuttgart. Mr.
Higgins was accused .'. by the ' Staats
Zeitung of New ;Torlc,' of unneutral
and anti-German declarations. The
Staats Zeitung's article was reprinted
last week by the Cologne Gazette.
ELECT NEW MEN
Lyon Goes On First'Bridge
porlf Board and Bell On
Annual elections in the ' three na
tional banks of Bridgeport took, place
today with few changes. Chief of
these were,. in the First-Bridgeport Na
tional bank, where F. N. Benham re
tires, owing to ill health, from one of
the vice presidencies, which is left va
cant, and Willis H. Lyon, -treasurer of
the People's Savings bank, becomes
for the first time a member -of the
board of directors.
-: At the City National bank," Frank D.
Bell, of Meigs & Co., becomes for the
Brst .time a member of ' the board of
There was no change in the Con
necticut Natiohal bank,
(The result of the elections was: ..
City National Bans
v Frank Miller, president; Charles E.
Hough,; vice-president and cashier;
Henry - B. Terrill, assistant.-cashier;
Robert A. Beers, assistant cashier.
Directors': Frank Miller, ' George C.
Edwards, Lyman S. Catlin, Harvey
Hubbell, John R, Woodhull, Henry
C Fairchild, Friend W. . Smith, Angus'
H , Mackenzie, Sylvester Z. Poli, John
T. King, Charles E. Hough, Noyes E.
Ailing, George E. Crawford, Thomas
E. Logan, Frank D. Bell. '
Connecticut National Bank. 'i
President, H. s. Shelton;vice presi
dent, H. . A. Bishop; cashier, L. B.
Powe ' assistant cashier, T.1 C. Cum;
ming; directors: Hamilton S. Shejton,
Marshall E. Morris, Henry A. Bishop,
.Morris B. Beardsley, Thomas L. Wat
son, Samuel H. Wheeler, Nathaniel W.
Bishop, Silas Burton, William- E.
Burnham, Walter B. Lashar, Willis F.
Hobbs, William T. Haviland, .George
Windsor, Louis B. Powe, Timothy C.
The First-Bridgeport National Bank.
President. Charles ,-G. Sanford; vice
-president, P. W. Wren; cashier, O. H.
Brothwell; assistant cashier, : H. C.
Woodworth; assistant cashier, F. N.
Benham, - Jr. ; assistant cashier, F"4 W.
Hall. ' ' Directors: Horace L. Fair
child, Charles-G. Sanford, O. H. Broth
well, Erwin- M. Jennings". Jerome Or
cutt, , J. G. Howland, S. M. Hawley,
J. M. Wheeler, Frederick J. Kings
bury, Peter W. Wren, Russell T. Whit
ing, Clinton B. Seeley, E. N. Sperry,
F. N. Benham, Willard S. Plumb, Wal
do C. Bryant R. S. Hincks, B. D.
Pierce, ' Jr.; E. W. Bassick, s Dwight
C. Wheeler, Isaac W. Birdseye, Jacob
B. Klein, W. Hall, William J. Grip
pin, DeVer H. Warner, Willis II. Lyon.
Start Bowling Match
Tonight the bowlers among the
Remington Arms employes will start
another tournament. There will be
24 teams, representing the different
departments and eight teams will
clash each of , the three nights the
tournament is held this week. To
night and tomorrow night duck pins
will be the rule and on Friday even
ing the big pins will be rolled. The
games 'will be rolled at the Congress,'
Palace and Arcade alleys.
ASKS U. S. TO GRANT t
Washington,' Jan. 11 Senator
Clarke, Democrat, today introduced a
resolution to direct the President to
withdraw all American sovereignty
over the Philippine Islands and recog
nize an independent government to be
set up there within two years. The
resoluti"h was referred to the Philip
Parliament Again Discusses
Bill, and Redmond An
, nounces That Nationalist
Party Will Not Further
British Relief Force in
Mesopotomia is Held Up
Another Vessel is Sunk
in Mediterranean Berlin
Claims Gain. I
London, Jan. 11 The debate
on the second reading of the
military service bill began in
the House of Commons this af
ternoon. The opinion was gen
erally expressed in the lobby
that the vote in favor of the
bill on the second . reading
would be even greater than, on
the first reading,, and It was
predicted by some that a min
ority vote would dwindle to a
negligible figure. ". y '
John E. Redmond, parlia
mentary leader of the Irish
party, announced in the House
of Commons this afternoon that
the nationalists would not fur
ther, oppose the military ser
vice bill. . i
j Relief Force Delayed
London, Jan. 11. The British force
In Mesopotamia under General Aylmer,
proceeding up the Tigris to the relief
of Kut-El-Amarajs still halted at
Sheik' Said, some 20 miles from Kut-El-Amara.
according to the latest ad
vices received by the government, but
the halt is due to weather conditions
and the necessity of removing the
wounded by river.
Germans Mate Gains '
Berlin, Jan. Hi The war office
statement of today says 'that French
troops iij the Champagne were defeat
ed in an effort to recapture the
trenches northeast of Massiges, which
were taken -by the Germans in the of
fesive movement reported yesterday.
The number of prisoners taken by the
Germans nas been increased to 380.
A French battle aeroplane, armed
with 3.8 cenmetre guns, was compelled
by German fire to land near Woumen,
south of Dixmude, In Belgium. The
aeroplane and its occupants, uninjured,
are in German bands.. A British bi
plane was shot down in an aerial en
counter near Tournai, Belgium.
' r ' British Ship Sunk-
London.Jan. 11.- The British steam- i
er Clan Macfarlane, of 4,823 tons, has j I
been sunk in the Mediterranean.
There are no details of the sinking.
Paris, Jan.'li. The French official
report of this afternoon states that the
German offensive undertaken on Sun
day in Champagne by at least three
German divisions, was a complete fail
ure; the Germans being driven out ot
all the positions which they had seized,
with the exception of a small rectangle
to the west of Maison's De Champagne.
BY CASHIER TO
Southington, Conn., Jan. 11 The
bogus securities found among the as
sets of the Southington National bank
and which it is alleged were those
which the late Louis K. Curtis secured
as funds, are for the most part short
term notes rurniin for a period of les3
than six months each, according to in
formation given out today. Thse
notes have been declared forgeries
and have been taken away by national
Another discovery made today was
that of a set of rubber stamps similar
to those used for endorsement on
commercial paper. This was a set
Independent of the stamps used in
the bank business and was f aund in
a closet in the rooms, of Curtis over
V,a hunk '
Mr. Wells said that at the annual
meeting of the stockholders of ihe
bank today no assessment was levied
against the stock on account of ' the
acts of. Curtis. Mr. Wells was asked
if any trace of the money taken or
realized on the bad notes had been
found and he replied that as yet there
Was no trace of it.
WOTJLD INVESTIGATE JUDICIARY
Washington, Jan. 11 Senator Cum- .
mins, Republican, introduced a reso
lution today to direct the judiciary .
committee to investigate and report .
tn the number of Federal judges who
cannot properly discharge their duties
and recommend how they may be
FIRE IN OTtl'jnVA, IA.
Ottumwa, la., Jan. 11 Half a mil
lion dollars damage was caused today
by a fire which 'started in the Fried-,
man department store and consumed
that and four other stores in the
heart of the business district.