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VOL. 53 NO. 31
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1917
PRICE TWO CENTS
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Seventeen Merchant Ships
;. at Anchor in Manila Har
; bor-Are Talen by United
States Naval Authorities.
Machinery on All Tampered
With and Vessels Bldly
damaged, Experts Say
V Guards Placed on Ships.
Manila, Feb. 5 The naval
authorities at 6 o'clock this
evening seized the 17 German
merchant vessels anchored in
Manila ; Bay- All the:1 German
crews were removed. : ?
' t Customs officers, aided ; by
navy experts, have discovered
that every one of the ships
have been extensively dam
aged. 'J.. : .
- Naval guards , were left on
the vessels. Lpoats were sent to
the German merchantmen,
3vhich wdre Tibardd pne at a
time: The American Msrevi
took off the Germans who were
landed in the business district,
which was almost deserted at
that hour. Squads of American
police met the Germans as they
:Were landed. ! - .
V The municipal authorities
.wjll care for tie Germans who
are without resources. The
others will go free.
- American, police are gtiard
T ing the German consulate.
READY FOR I'JAR
Begin Preparations for Most
v Serious Eventuality F61
' lowing Break t
The Fairfield' Red Cross Is actively
engaged In preparing for any eventu
ality, following the" break, rfth Ger
many. Arrangements are being made
to comply with the following instruc
tions from Washington; . .. j '' , i .;
"Allan E. Beeman, Secretary Fairfield
; Red Cross Chapter, Fairfield, Conn.:
."In view Of present events and pos -
ible developments, central committeei"
v desire each chapter immediately to
make adequate preparation tot carry
out the' work for which Red Cross is
chartered by Congress.. Call meeting
f exceutive committee at once. Make
'tentative arrangement capable quick
completion for roomy, centrally lacat--ed
. headquarters, rent free, and equip
ment for same. If not already; active,
appoint following, committees: . ''Fi
nance, hospital garments and surgical
' supplies, comfort bags, (see circular
36) packing and shipping,, publicity
end. information, motor , service. Ap
, (point committee on co-operation with
' outside organizations which should
ibegln' work at onc'e. File jaames and
address of all volunteers, assigning as
. far ' as possible in. above 'committees.
If not alread"" done, appoint, commit
tees on educr n .outlined1 in circular
144 for information concerningcourses
of instruction. . For lay-women inquire
' of - bureau t of nursing service, ,Wash
- Jngton. Refer graduate . nurses', to
same bureau. Doctors . ' volunteering
Ehould be- referred to" Washington.
IWhen wishing to volunteer for service
i efiould take first aid courses, and . the
possibility ofi organizing sanitary
training detachments should be taken
tip at once, (see circular 136.) Present
to public vital importance large sup-
porting chapter membership, and ap-
'(point special committee - lo- conduct
-afgressive ' membership enrollment.'
Detailed instructions will be sent as
needs develop. Central committee ask
iprompt acknowledgment by lette or
telegram of these instructions giving
-outline of your preparation. ' Call
freely 'on headquarters for full co
operation since 1 central committee,
realizing . oportunity , of service to
country, bespeak every effort for com
plete and. thorough organization, for
possible needs. Give this telegram
full publicity all papers!- l
", "ELIOT WADWORTli, '
' ' "Acting Chairman,
"8:13 A. M., Feb. 4, 1917."
" Generally fair tonight and Tues
day; colder tonight.
Police Recover ' $500, Gold
Mesh Handbag Contain
ing $1,000 Worth of Jew
els, Stolen While Mr. and
Mrs. N. W. Bishop Dined.
' at' Brooklawn.
George Sims,; Discharged jshgbt, judging by-all the.. information, somex of the highest au
Club 'Porter,' Arrested j thenticity, gathered by the Associated Press in th9 course of yes
Here, , and Companion, j it was said positively in high political circles that the Ger
JOS. J. 'Taylor IS Uaugnt man orders for the conduct of a submarine war could riot and
Trying to dispose 01 IjOOI,
In New York.
Robbed of a diamond -studded ffold
mesh bag valued at 1 5 0 0, - whichcon
tained iewefry worth $1,000, while she
sat dining, with her husban at the
Brooklawn Country club, Mrs. Nathan
iel W. Bishop was notified by Lieut. E.
O: Cronan, this morning; that her val
uables had been, recovered and .the
two mn alleged to bet implicated, in
the theftare under arrest. . ;
v Llast -Thursday afternoon, 'following
a social tea at the Brooklawn Country
club, Mrs. Bishop was joined, by her
husband and , they f dined together ' at
the fcluW leaving for - hon?e about 8
o'clock. . OH her arrival at her resi-
dence MrSiishop discovered her 6ss.
.I' RhA nctifled th- police 'und Joseph
j. iTayioriwaa arrested Saturday, nigh
Inrtnir . n 1oT0! Af tb IfiWP.lrV in I
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New York. . Questioned as to where he
got it he stated Grge Sims,, with
whom he came to this city from Bos
ton two weeks ago, gave it to him.
.,' Sims had been employed at the "club
as a porter, and was formerly a waiter
at Young's hotel, Boston. He and Tay
lor roomed in this city at the Central
house, State streeet.- Last Saturday
night, two days after the loss of the
Jewelry, he was discharged. ' 3etective
James Dooley arrested Sims this .morn
ing at his lodgings and Detective
James Bray has gone to New York to
bring back Taylor. , '
OF TEUTON BIRTH
LOYAL TO NATION
Oerman-American . residents of this
city, numbering more than 14,000, ac
cording to the .'census '. of 1910 and
greatly Increased during the last seven
years, will" remain loyal to the presi
dent of the United States and the
country of their adoption. s
This fact was made patent thi3
morning by Charles K. Keller, a mem
ber of the executive committee of th
German-American; Central Bund, rep-
resenting every German society in this
coutry feels - sorry for the diplomatic
break that has been necessary. Seakr
ing for all the German people of this
city, I think I may safely say that we
will back up our; previous statement
that 'We propose to be good, loyal
American citizens' and trust we-may
be so considered by 'everybody.
' "Under the existing and most re
grettable , circumtsances '' that have
arisen within the last few'days, I
think I can say for all Germans here
that we do not see V how President
Wilson 'could have done anything else
than he has and that they, will sup
port - him loyally and
almost to a
No ' meeting of the German-Ameri
can central Bundhas been held since ,
Saturday though there will be a meet
ing tonight at which It is expected
that renewed expression ' of loyal sup
port to the president of the United
States will be drafted. 1
The Arion, the Schwabent and he
Germaniat' societies held meetings in
their individual halls yesterday, and
expressed extreme sorrow for the ne
cessity of a diplomatic break, but no
official action was taken in any lodge.
' Speaking of possibilities, Mr. Keller
said: "German-Americans as a body,
have been interested in the European
strife since the beginning and I do not
know a thing that any loyal member
of our organizations has done that has
been against anything requested of us
by the president. W have certainly
committed no act of violence or of
intimidation ' and if., jre should hold
meetings to discuss' the present situa
tion it would Tie merely to verify what
we. have previously said, that we pro
pose o be good loyal American citi-
"Of course there are cranks in every
movement. Such people are not fos
tered or encouraged by the German
organizations, and we will certainly
do all in bur power to prevent such
individuals' from detracting from the
good name we. propose .to keep Itor
ourselves In America." ;
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Berlin, Feb. 5, Via London Peaceful continuance of Ger-man-AmericaSi
relations after the departure of the respective
embassies in Washington and Berlin in the sense indicated by
President Wilson in his address to. Congress appears to be very
wouid not be modified, that in
enforce the prohibited zone order, was absolute and final, and
that Ihe only security forvhippingf was in the avoidance of the
prohibited zone. . . . . ' ( ' v
U-BOAT 'OOERS; -WOB'T .
OE' fOIHEO, REPORTS
Berlin, Feb. 5t, Via London;
tamed m official quarters, there
t? ' i t ' ' 1 J 4
cation of the orders to submarines.
, SUBMARINE ON ATLANTIG ROUTE
New YorkJ Feb. 5-i-A German submarine was met .120
r miles wes,t of the Scilly Islands b
steamship Rotterdam, the latter's officers reported on her 'arriv
al here; today. The submarine was in the ? route, usually fol
lowed by ships steaming between Liverpool and New Y6rk. The
Rotterdam, in response to a shot across her bow,' sigrlalled her
destination, the. Officers said, and wa not detained for examina
tion, v :'' . -, . : . -
London, Feb. 5 The -American ambassador, Walter H. Page,
had a prolonged interview this afternoon with the British for
eign secretary, A. J. Balfour. The Spanish ambassador also call
ed the 'foreign office. 7 '
BERLIN EMBASSY NOT YET NOTIFIED ;;
z .. , v A
-iiiitr uniieu otctues puiuuasj uau
in regard to the breach of diplomatic, gelations between the
United States and Germany. ' 1
GOV. HOLCOm WITHOUT ORDERS
- Hartford, Feb. 5 In a telephonic message from his home
in Southington at l6 a. m. today Gov. Holcomb said he had re
ceived no further instructions f roni Washington, nor had he had
any talk with the adjutant general concerning the use of the na
tional guard in the present crisis.
AUiiAi run.iui iuiiiain.n onjiiS -n-r luixi '
Amsterdam, Feb. 5 -A Vienna telegram says that tfie Aus-tro-Hungarian
foreign minister, Count Gzernin, has had an
hour's conference with Frederic G. Penfield, the American, am
bassador.' , f.
Rio Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 5
will send to Germany in answer
ed submarine war has been completed but will not be sentuntil
after an exchange of views between some of the American gov-
ernments. President Weinseslau will summon a special meet
ing of, the cabinet to discuss the situation. ., .
BRAZIL NOTE IN HARMONY WITH U. S.
London, Feb. 5 Reuter's Rio Janeiro correspondent says
there is reason to believe the reply of the Brazilian government
to ihe German note respecting naval warfare will be in harmony
with the attitude of the United States.
New York, Feb. 5-7-For the first time since the beginning of
the war marine rates on American ships were placed today on
a level of those for ships of the
advanced, it tfas learned from
2 to 3 per cent, prevailing last
that has been in force for some
MALONE FINDS BOMB UNDER HOUSE
. Washington, Feb. 5 Custom Collector Malohe in New Yorl$
reported to the treasury department today that he had found a
bomb under the steps of his home. '
0 i n'P
Germany the determination to
According to information ob-
is no prospect of -any modifi-
on Jan. ,20 by;the;Dutch oil tank
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icucivcu iiu uuiuitu liistruuiiuiis
NOTE OF PROTEST
The note of protest that Brazil
to her declaration of unrestrict
RISKS GO UP
Entente allies. The rates were
underwriters, from the average of
week to 10 per cent., the rate
time on ships of Great Britain
L WlPflf T (Off 0.
Senate Gets Resolution En
dorsing Steps Taken By
President in Severing
Diplomatic Relations with
Germany Republicans to
Conference of G.,0. P. Lead
ers Results in Decision to
Give Full Aid in PasOge
of 'Measure of Confidence
Will Be Voted Upon To
wasningxon, reu. o. j. i
Prerfdent Wilson's action in Jf
severing diplomatic relations "with-
liprmaTiv was introduced' in thesenate
today by. Senator Stone, chairman, or
the foreign relation committee, em-1
larlv til ft T) resident's
U1B iUHigll iriauuu vumuuv.w.,
phasizing- particularly the president's
expressed desire to maintain peace.
The resolution cited the severance
of diplomatic relations with Germany
and concluded by declaring "that the
senate approves the action taken by
the president as set lorth in his ad
dress to congress." , '
Senator Stone requested that the
resolution go over foa day. under the
rules for action, tomorrow, and it was
agreed to without debate.' ' '
Republican senate- Readers, among
them .!-!dge. Qallinger and Smoot,
ware Consulted" and the Republicans
will support the endorsement.
The text of the resolution 'follows:
"Whereas, the presi3entr has; for th
reasons stated in his address deliv
ered to the congress in joint . session
on Pebi 3, 1917, severed diplomatic re
lations with the imperial German gov
ernment by therecall of the American
ambasador at Berlin and by handing
his passports ' to the German ambas
sador at Washington, and
"Whereas, notwithstanding this sev
erance of ' diplomatic intercourse the
president has expressed his desire to
avoid conflict with the imperial gov
ernment, and - ,
"Whereas, - the president declared in
this said address that if in his judg
ment an occasion should arise for fur
ther action in the premises on ' the
part of the government of the United
States he would submit the matter to
congress and ask the authority of
congress to use such measures as he
might. deem ne'cessary for protection
of American seamen and people in the'
prosecution of their peaceful , and le
gitimate errands on the high seas,
"Therefore, r oe it resolved by the
senate that the senate approves the
action taken by the president as set
forth . in his address delivered hef ore
joint session of congress as stated
Steamer New York Leaves
Liverpool With 231 Pas
New - York, Feb. 5. The American
line received a calbegram today say
ing that the .steamer Ne-far York, car
rying passengers, left Liverpool at 5
p. mSaturday. She is the first Amer
ican passenger ship4 to sail since Ger
many promulgated her new subma-'
rine warfare., The New York carried
231v passengers, including many Amer
icans. She is expected to arrive here
The American line steamer Philadel
phia arrived in Liverpool at 11 p. m.
Sunday, according to a cablegram re
ceived here today by officials of the
International Mercantile Marine.
Officials of , the International Mer
cantile :Marine officially announce this
morning that the American line
steamer St. Louis 'will not sail.
. Columbus, N. M., Feb. 5
Maj.-Gen. John J. Pershing
rode' out of Mexico at 10:05 a.m.
today at the head of more than
10,000 soldiers of the American
punitive expedition. .
" iV . . . .
Declaration of Dual Monarchy, Supporting Ger-
man Submarine Campiaign, Reported To Be In
Hands of State Department and Officials Are
Preparing Reply Siniilar to That Sent to Ger
manyPresident, Still Hoping for Ieace,
Urges Congress to Speed All Pending Legis
lation That Possible War Measures Need Not
WaitOther Neutrals Are With United States
in Stand, London Reports.
Washington, Feb. 5. While officials refuse to admit
that Austria's formal announcement of her adhesion to
Germany's, declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare, 4
has been received officially, there is reason for believing it
is now before the government anjl tbat appropriate action
is' considered j';
President Wilson is ready to sever relations also with
the dual monarchy as soon as it officially subscribes to the
German declaration. -
TiH-nrlmn TPeh ft Thr Mfmnhpsffir fJ-iiardian "hpliPVAS
that President Wilson has
that other great neutral powers will follow the lead of the
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STILL HOPING FOR
STEPS PREPARING FOR WAR
Washington, Feb. 5 Still fervently hoping for eaceb'ut
faking every possible step to pre pare the countryvibr war,' if
it must come, PresideritWilson today app3alecfck Congssi?
quickly dispose, oK all routine business, appropriation bills and'
pending legislation and clear its decks for action to meet any
eventuality. ; ' .' ''"." " ' "
The president .wants Congress, ready to act if it-becomes
necessary, for him to ad dress -it again and ask for authority to
use all the resources of the United States to protect American
ships and lives on their peaceful and lawful errands on the
high seas. ' . ' ' " ' - . "' ,
ARRIVAL OF SHIPS RELIEVES TENSION
The safe arrival of American ships in English harbors, re
ported this morning, brought an air of relief tothe tensity 4hatr
has prevailed everywhere. Officials still'hoped Germany would
not violate her pledges to the United States, despite.her threats. ,
All officials realized that 4he. situation had resolved itself,
into one of tense waiting and careful preparation, v They
realized that the hogecj-againt overt act may come soon or be
long delayed. Meanwhile they are "putting every, agency of the
ent into motion to meet iU , , ,
vArnnce of diplomatic
iCi9yikO . -
relations ith , Germany, Presiaenx
Wilson believes 'his long struggle to
preserve the country's peacq has not
yet been lost. He still hopes not only
that hostilities . will .be avoided, but
that other neutrals, adding: their
voices to.tfcat.of the United States,
will unite the major motal force of
the world to compel peace in Europe.
It had . not been "revealed today
whether any responses had come from
the suggestions to neutrals, presented
with a notification of the break with
Germany, that they follow theexam
plex of -3 United States and thus
bring . to, bear 'to end the war ,tae
united pressure of the whole neutral
world. The president is known to
be very hopeful that this new stroke
for peace will, if not immediately suc
cessful, at least hasten the end of
hostilities. - .
With distinct anxiety cable anta
wireless dispatches bearing on Ger
many's newly announced war plans
are watched for the first indication
of American lives lost or ships sunk
It now appears that the sinking of
the American steamer HousatoniC on
Saturday by a submarine was not an
illegal act, since she carried contra
band cargo of wheat, warning was
given and the crew, was saved.
Officials heard today wnn eon&w
us nea,u . . "T.
erable satisfaction; me '
tne German government had ordered
thi. immediate release of the American
sailors taken from British ships by
the German raider in the Atlantic, as
demanded by theUnited States short
ly before the severing of diplomatic
relations. This action was inter
preted in some quarters as an indica
tion of a conciliatory attitude on the
part of Germany, since formerly that
government had . maintained that
these men were legally prisoners of
war, having accepted service on arm
ed belligerent merchant vessels.
The state . department is making
efforts to get a guarantee of safe con
duct from the Allied powers for
Count von Bernstorff, the German
ambassador, to return .to his country
with his staff and preparations were
under way today to turn over affairs
of the German embassy to the Swiss
minister. The delay in receiving
word 4 from American Ambassador
Gerard fn Berlin that he had receiv
ed his passports and was ready tc go
to some neutral European country or
return to the United States was-attrl-
SUPPORTING U. S.
already received assurances
buted to the strict censorship in Ger-
many. - Requests that German cott
sule in this country be accorded full
protection have been sent 'tq gover
nors of states and territories by the
state department. V, v
v Chapters of the Red Cross
throughout th,eV United States today
had orders from, national officers, to
prepare immediately for relief work." ,
Transportation of Belgian relief sup
plies was temporarily suspended but
the Spanish ambassador in Berlin. ?'
was expected" to. present an urgent , re
quest today ' for guarantees bf "im
munity from attack for vessels char
tered by the Belgian relief jsommls
sion. f - " '
Government officials -authorizsed a -statement
denying reports that .seizure ,
of German warbound merchant "ships .
in American harbora is contemplated.
It was explained, however, that, steps
have been taken to prevent the pb
structiOn of harbors , by the blowing . f
up or sinking of any ; of these , ves
sels. This action-is prompted. by re
ports that perman crews have at
tempted to damage several warbound .
ships in Philippine harbors arid in.
several American ports.""' 4 '
. The department of Justice also is
making secret preparations for fore
stalling ' depredations that German ..
sympthizers might commit on muni
tion factories or- public works. In
Washington the capitol and state, Twa--
and navy buildings are closed toVis-
carfefullv euarded and addi
tional police have been placed about
the White House.
Secretaries Baker and Daniels yes
terday conferred with "bureau chiefs.
Plans' are under discussion for calling
out navy reserve officers and for
graduating the senior1 class at Annap
olis to meet emergency conditions.
Wireless Operators are under orders
to guard their .. dispatches with un
usual care and a censorship bill is
ready for Congressional action when
it', is needed. '
Congress, laying aside : partisan dif
ferences, is ready to rush through the
army and navy appropriation bills
and any extraordinary finance meas
ures that might XA requested by the
President for defense expenditures.
Many telegrams assuring support or
offering services are pouring into the
White House hourly and the war and .
navy departments have offers from
several industrial . plants to give
preference vto , government ordetm.
. (Continued an Par 3L V '4 ; r.