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VOL. 53 -NO. 37 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., MONDAY,FEBRUARY 12, 1917 PRICE TWO CENTS V y :?VAlI&jfflF. CHEWS (Df (EffiMM LIMES MM ', . . , ! 13 DIE Minneapolis Hostelry Is Srept by Flames and Many Guests Perish As ' Building Crumbles -x Scores JKurt in i Their -Flight to Safety. . Engines Delayed iri Reach ing; Fire and Flame Cuts , Off Escape of Many Vic tims Man and Wife, Em bracing, Leap Together , From Room. ) v : m'. ' fit IE gB6 Minneapolis, -Feb.' 12 At ; least 13 persons were Relieved to have lost their lives hra fire "that destroyed the J Kenwo6d Hotel here, shortly after mid night, according to police ; esti- " mates-today. v A v frr addition to the, known missing, there -y are 1 1 others . unaccounted for who may Che in 111 e ruins,; according to E. D. . talker, proprietoj of the hotel. v 1 One person is V known ' to be . oead; A score of persons. Were, ' injured, some . seriously,' by leaping from the top floors pf the structure, when the one fire escape became heated. ; One . . woman, Mrs. Lucile Squire; jumped to her death from the third floor; ' .' ' Police, and fir department, offlcials believe that narly a fecore of persons were precipitated into -the basement by crumbling fldors and buried in, the debris, over . which thick, layers of ice 41 have formed. - ' ' .V, " Many Of the seventy-six Quests were transients and the .. actual death .list . 'probably will never b known. , . The, fire, which apparently started in the basement, spread rapidly and - soon the .building: was enveloped - in flames. '; The stairways were impassa ble and people rushed to the. windows. While figures hung from many win dows other shot through the air into nets and snow'' drifts. One woman, her night' , clothing aflame, rushed from the group of hysterical guests on the;top floor and droped' out of , the window; Into a snow, drift. She may "live. ' ', , 'V 1 . Whert the fire started most of the downtown apparatus was fighting an other fire and it 'was nearly 15 min utes before the first company reached the scene. 1 A' crowd of spectators who were pushing planks- o the lower windows ' as a means of rescue, at tacked the fiif men because they car ried no ladders, according to the. fire chip, Charles Ringer. The police soon quelled the disturbance. ' The second 1 company arrived with ladders several minutes later. . ' . , A number of children were dropped from windows into the arms of spec tators. None were' seriously hurt. "We are at sea as to the number of deaths," said Ernest D. Stalker, pro prietor of the hotel.1 "Until the sur- v'yors are checked; up .the death list will be unknown." , , , ' Chif itinger declared - recovery of" bodies was unlikely, adding that iden tification would be impossible even . if the bodies were dug from the ruins. While several of. the injured were in a serious cdnditiotj it was reported a the City, hospital that most bf them would recover. One women who be came hysterical " after being rescued ran down the street screaming and her feet were frozen ; before she was overtaken.- Others, garbed in' night attire, suffered intensely in the 10 below zero temperature. : ' While the fire was at . its height jHenry-Jensen and his wife crawled to jfi window ledge on the top floor. For a moment they paused, then , Jensen embraced his wife and togethpr they leaped to the street while s"pectators icheeredj Mrs. Jensen was severely linjured, but her husband was not se 'riously hurt. . ': FLEE HOTEL FIKR , ' North Providence,' R. I.,efeeb. ; 12. Eighteen persons escaped without in Jury from the Squantum htel, a small ' wooden structure, which was damaged by fire, today. One woman was taken down a ladder fr?m the top floor by firemen and the others were aroused in time to reach the street be fore the flames gained much headway. fThe loss was estimated at $5,0001 GERMAN WAR LOAN. Amsterdam, Feb. 12 A telegram , received today from Berlin, says the . payments oh the fifth . German war loan have brought the total payments on the five war loans to 47,200,000,000 marks. Of ' this sum, 899,000,000 markrf'was subscribed through banks. SHE LOVED NICE INSURANCE MAN, SO THETf ELOPED New York Woman Leaves Husband ; Lover Quits - Family of Four. INDIGNANT SPOUSE LOCATES PAIR HERE Won't Take Wife Back, He Tells Police, But Wants to Get Divorce. Mrs. William E. Spence, wife of a New York real estate broker, about a year ago, heavily insured tha lives of both herself and her husband ac cording to th.e police. Each week Morris Goldberg also of tyew York, in7 the empldy of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., visited Mrs. Spencg to collect the premiums. Both being disciples of Plato they contracted a friendship, which, how ever, gradually exceeded the grounds of "propriety as- lafd dowij by the phil osopher and resulted in , Mrs. Spence running, away ..from her' husband with Goldberg, who left behind him, in New YorkV a vjfLfe and - three 'small children., , , , , 7.t Mrs. Goldberg obtained a bench warrant: for. hia arrest on abandon ment -charges! Spence somehow oi1 other heard '.Goldberg was missing. He:gotbusy'and heard thai; his wife canie here "with Goldberg ' about 10 days .go. " Tlie irate husband came into1 Capt.' E- O Cronan's office this morning and said he knew the Coupl.e' were living together at . 8 6 Washing-? ton avenue, v . , l ,..'"' Detective- Seery visited the house and arrested Goldberg who will be turned over to the New York authori ties. Spence as he left police head quarters declaimed as follows: . "Take, her i T3ack? Not on your life! ; I'm going up there to take a look' at her. ' I want to identify her for future use.. I'm going to sue for divorce." Whether he "looked at her" is not known. The police have not seen him since' ' ' . AUCTION SALES CO. DISAPPEARS FROM THE CITY ;'-"i';;" - - ' '".. Folds Its Tent, So to Speak1, and Silently Slips Away From Creditors. ? The Auction Sales Co., operating an auction room at 1192 Main street, has closed ' its doors, leaving the city by stealth in the 'night with a full motor-truck load" of all the available as sets. -, - ' i : ( - Creditors galore have flocked " to the doors -of the company's offices to find them locked and sheriffs bearing" writs of attachment have been un able to recover property ' for their clients.. - . - As a result of the operations - of the managers of the v Auction Sales Co. in'this city, large stock subscrip tions now believed to be valueless, were made ' by .Bridgeporters and -on several occasions the methods of the auctioneers; employed came under po lice surveillance and regulation. It has been found that goods val ued between. $800 and $1,000 , have been conveyed into the state of New York and it is..' likely that with the filing of a petition in bankruptcy at Hartford today, federal officers ' will be asked to consider criminal prose cutions under the conspiracy act. Attachment was made in this city Saturday upon the proceeds of a bond filed with the treasurer of the state of Connecticut to cover an itinerant vendor's license, taken -out by the of ficers of the Auction Sales Co. and later claimed by John Yates, of New York, who claimed judgment against those who applied for the li cense. -. .-. " The whole scheme is denounced to day by Alexander L. Dellaney, coun sel for the creditors in Bridgeport, as one of the most flagrant attempts to 'defraud stockholders and creditors ever perpetrated within the i:ity of Bridgeport. The concern opened its place of business here in November and dur ing the holiday season attracted much attention, although few sales were made because! the goods offered did not equal the representations made by the vendors. Many certificates of stock in the company were sold in Bridgeport, under the direction of Sol Krause and Philip Waldman, ac credited officers the company, formed under if.- of Connecti cut. Both off! -iow In New York state anr- " -. y that they will return to fa. .de of cred itors who are angry over the mid night removal of the company's assets. 0 (JKfl!3 GUNS T0 Washington, Feb. 12. P. , A. S. Franklin, president " of the Interna tional Marine, today made formal ap plication to the' navy department for guns to arm the passenger liners of the -American line. The request says that the company has be.en unable to find guns else where. It is indicated that the navy department, while 'opposed for mili tary reasons to any v project of . con vo vina: ' American merchantmen through the prohibited; zones, favors mi'rnishine- such shitos with guns for tneir own defense. Inasmuch as the government has recognized that naval stores are the only supply of naval eruris. it has been held that obtaining. guns from that source does not alter jthe privilege or commercial charatcer of a ship. .. The navy department, it was said officially, has a "considerable number of old model' three-inch to six-inch ri- GEO. IV. KNIGHT, AGED INSURANCE MAN DROPS BEAD Succumbs to Heart Failure Attack While Walking in A Courtland Street'. George W. Knight, of Stratfield road, one of Bridgeport's oldest and most .widely known real estate and in surance agents, dropped dead on the sidewalk' in front of Christ-church, in Courtland street this morning at 9:X0 o'clock. .His death, according to Medical . Examinv S. M. Garlick, was due to heart failure, which it is thought was superinduced by the ex treme cold. , Knight had besn to his offices at 952 Main street, where he Opened his early morning mail. Taking a bundle of . laundry which he had brought from his home, he left the office and started for the Crawford Laundry in Fairfield avenue. While walking past Christ church, Miss Nellie F. Wilson, of 599 Warren street,, a member of the Visiting Nurse association, saw him fall to the sidewalk. s She immediately called the emer gency hospital corps and Dr. S. I. Aranki .removed Knight to the latter institution in the ,ambulance. Assist ed 'by '-Miss Katherine Hehlir, the njrse at the hospital, the physician, "finding the body 'still .warm, worked heroically to restore life without avail. " f . ' J Opening the laundry bundle the docjtor obtained his first clue by means of the mark on- the 'clothing and sent -for the dead mad's grand teon, George W. Wright, of 27 Park terrace, who made the identification positive. Mr. Wright said , his grand father was about 80 years of age. Mr. Knight was born in 'Orange, Nf J., 80 years ago. In his youth he engaged in real estate and other busi nesses in Paterson, N. J. Twenty four years ago , he came to Nichols where for 20 years he was the pro prietor of a large farm. After the death of his wife, Mr. Knight came to Bridgeport and engaged in , the' real estate business here, with offices in the City Savings-bank. He was promi nent in Masonic circles of Paterson where he was1" a member of the. Knights Templar. - ' Mr. Knight is survived by two sis ters in-; New York and - three grand children in Paterson." NAME BONILUS . MEXICAN ENVOY AT WASHINGTON Carranzistas Designate Late Member of Mediation Board for Post.' Washington, Feb. 12. Ignacio Bon illas, one of Gen." Carranza's represen tatives on the Mexican-American Joint commission, has been named ambassa dor from Mexico to the United States. Ramon De Negri, who has been in charge of the Mexican embassy since the departure of Eliseo Arredondo, ambassador designate, was informed today of Mr. Bonilla's appointment. Mr. Bonillas is now in Palm Beach, Fla- It is expected that he will come to Washington this week to present his credentials at almost the same time that .Henry P. Fletcher, the American ambassador to Mexico, is received by the Mexican government. Mr. Bonillas has been the minister of communications in Gen. Carranza's cabinet since the formation of his gov ernment. ' fles evailable fpr arming merchant ships, but not enough for . the conver sion "of all shipsv it would require in war and to furnish defensive arma ment for all merchantmen. The question of supplying trained. gun crews for merchantmen is more difficult from the departmental point of view There is. objection to with drawing men from the active service of the navy at this time an there is also some question as to what effect sue ha step would have on the status of a ship. French ship owners fur nished guns by their navy were re quired to make oath - that they were to be handled by civilian crews. The possibility that the navy might, supply guns indirectly through loan or sale to ship owners has received some consideration, but a preference for direct action by the department in placing the guns aboard in indicated by the ship owners. ARRESTS LIKELY FOR ATTACK ON POSTAL WORKER John H. Murphy; Slashed by Ruffian Without Provoca tion, May Die. - v,- .:. .t '- ' . , Detective Sergeant James DooISy to day picked up the trail of the six men, one of whom murderously, and without the slightest provocation slashed John H. Murphy, the clerk in charge of the registered letter win dow at the post office, as he was walk ing with his wife at 9:15 o'clock last night. .' x ; . -. Murphy, ?who is about 30 years of age atnd of a quiet and retiring dispo sition, accompanied byhis wife, alight ed from a Beardsley : park car -and walked along Berkshire . avenue in tending to go; directly to , his home. As he approached East Main street, he observed six men proceeding to ward him. ' . Four of the mn passed him and the two who brought up the rear, as they passed Mrs. Murphy' pushed her vio lently, adressing some remark to her at the same time. Murphy, astounded by tHeir actions, impulsively inquired, "Why, what do you mean: What's the matter," He had no sooner ut tered the words when one of the pair drew a long knife which he plunged! into Murphy's abdomen. The 'postal clerk dropped to the sidewalk and was carried unconscious into the drug store : at 1,365 East Main street. He was removed in the emer gency ambulance to the Bridgeport hospital' and immediatelv onrntri upon, but physicians at e institution today stated he has no more than an even chance of recovering. Murphy could give no accurate de scription of his assailants owing to the fact that the street at th point where the- stabbing occurred is very poorly lighted. He thouerht from ty, general appearance, however, that alii oi tne six men were foreign born. Detective Booley had located several witnesses of the stabbing1 but they have not been able to give any infor mation which would. lead to the iden tification of the party. Stratford Dominie Wallops Prosecuting Attorney By Mistake v - ' : - - k- Stratford, Feb. 12 With one eye at half mast and a damaged elbow that is keeping the arnica bottle working overtime Prosecutor Ivan Morehouse is the synosure of the cur ious villagers at present. It was at fir thought Ivan had interrupted some rowdy person who was trying to recite "The Face on the Bar Room Floor." Investigation by the village sleuths brought out the fact thai there was no scandal lurking in the background.. It was found that Ivan had been induced to try his hand at basketball and in a game at the Audi torium Saturday night ran afoul of Rev. Robert C. Whitehead. In the midst of a scramble for the . ball somebody pushed the clergyman and his arm struck Ivan with disastrous re sults. When he goes to the General Assembly tomorrow Ivan epects to tell anxious inquirers that old one about running into the pantry door in the dark. . Ex-Mayor Henry Lee Still Seriously 111 The condition of Ex-Mayor Henry Lee, who is suffering from double pneumonia, at his home in Colorado avenue, is reported this afternoon about the same as during the night. The state of his health is critical but physicians hold out hope that his rugged constitution will repel advance of the maladv. PLANTS IN WEST END TIED UP BY HOLIDAY DISPUTE Union Members Want Time and One Half for Work ing on the Holiday. MANY REFUSE TO GO ON WITH WORK Conference of Workers and Heads of Factories Will Adjust Differences. When is a holiday not a holiday? An attempt to determine this ques tion will be made during the coming week by representatives of the man agement of he American Grapho phone Co., Harvey Hubbell, Inc., Bryant Electric Co. and the Siemon Hard Rubber Co. in a conference they will endeavor to bring 'about with representatives of the various unions of the working people emplqyed in their . factories. There are a number of days mark ed in the calendar as holidays which the management of the factories named do not consider holidays in the terms of their agreement to pay time and a half to employes for labor per formed on those days. Today, Lin coln's birthday, is one of the days in dispute. , The action today of the management of the American Graphophone Co. re garding the status of this oliday and the agreement .with employes has brought the matter to a head. Last week the company posted a notice stat ing that while the management did not recognize Lincoln's birthday as a holi day in the meaning pf the agreement with the employes, the factory would be open asx usual but rio extra time would be paid those who worked. A similar course was adopted by the management last year. After the no tice had been posted members of the unio(n were informed' that if they worked today without getting the tima and a. half pay, they would be fined $4 each by the union. " In consequence less than one-quarter of the employes reported for work this morning. E. A. Hervey and other union officials were on hand despite the cold to check up those who went to work. A number of the hands who reported and went to work were said not to be members' of the union. Some of those who did go to work .when they saw others standing about outside the factory took off their aprons and join ed their co-workers outside. The preence of these men and women about the factory entrances gave rise to a rumor that there had been a strike at the factory. Asked about the matter Superintendent Hanson first denied that anythinj? un usual had taken .place. Later, he ad mitted that a large number of his employes had stayed away from the factory. , "There has been no strike," he said. v "What has happened is hard ly worthy of mention. A" aamber of the employes stayed out today be cause we. will not pay them time and a half for the day. They will all be back at work tomorrow." Rather than pay the .extra com pensation for work today, .or have any disputes with their workmen, ,the management of the Bryant Electric, Harvey Hubbell and , , Siemon ' Hard Rubber companies, closed their fac tories entirely today. Some time this week they will get together with the heads oi the union and endeavor to have the holidays designated to which the extra compensation rule applies. .: The faptory managers are willing to pay the overtime for labor on Me morial Day, Fourth, of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and posibly Good Fr;day. They ob ject, however, to paying overtime for Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays, both of which occur this month, St. Patrick's - Day, Columbus Day and New Year's. Ever since the agreement with the unions and these factory superintend ents the facts as to the holidays in cluded in the articles have been in ii.uueu in ine arncies nave ucen iu i dispute. An effort will be made this week to write into the articles of agreement the names of the holidays for which the extra compensation shall be paid. . i, BABE STRANGLES TO DEATH. New Britain, Feb .12 Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaw Kowalski ran nearly a mile early today in an effort to prevent heir baby, 15 months old, from strangling. They were unsuccessful. The , child was sucking a soup bone for breakfast and a sliver of bone be came lodged in its throat with fatal effect. THE WEATHER Connecticut: Fair and continued cold tonight; Tuesday, fair with ris ing temperature; moderate to fresh northwest . to 'iiortli winds. i y German Foreign Office Asks Swiss Envoy Here to Ascertain Facts Regarding Sailors in U. S. Ports Zimmerman Says Americans Will Not Be Released Until Status of Germans is De finitely Determined--Reported in Berlin That Interned Crews Have Been Seized Ambassa-: . dor Gerard and Suite Are Received in Switzer-1 land. Berlin, Feb. 12, by Wireless to The. Associated Press via I Sayville-Foreign Secretary Ziinmerman today informed the ; Associated Press that he had requested the Swiss government to make inquiry in Washington regarding the status of the crews ! qf interned German ships in American ports. - Pending an answer, the 72 Americans taken by the German , raider and brought in jpy the Yarrowdale, whose release had' been agreed to, are held in Germany, the foreign secretary said. During the last week recurring rumors have reached Ber lin by way of London in which it was announced that the United States government had sequestered the German ships and in terned their crews. so definite official denial having been re ceived, the German government was prompted td ask the gov- v ernment bf Switzerland to obtain specific information. "We could not consent to the release of the Yarrowdale prisoners which .was taken to be agreed to a week ago," said thtf foreign secretary. "These men had been taken off armed mer chantmen and their. status had been established. They will be liberated just as soon as we learn the fate of the German crews in American ports." "The release of the Yarrowdale prisoners was agreed to with Ambassador Gerard Qn the eve of the break in relations, but he possibility of the German crews being interned in the United States prqmpte.d the admiralty to rescind the orders lib- . erating the Americans held with the rest of the Yarrowdale prisoners." : - , . . , GERARD AND SUITE AT ZIJRICII Washington, Feb. 12 Official reports on the arrival .of former Ambassador Gerard and his suite in Zurich, Switzerland, reached the state department today from American Minister Stovall in Berne. They. added nothing to the information al-. ready published. . 1 The Swiss legation received a' dispatch today from 'its for eign office announcing Mr. Gerard's arrival in Berne. Minister Stovall's message, dated yesterday, follows: ; v "Ambassador Gerard, withr staff and party, have arrived at Zurich and will reach Berne at 9 o'clock this evening. All are wellr I met the ambassador at the frontier and Col. -Bruegger, adjutant general of the Swiss army, specially designated by the federal council, welcomed him on behalf of the Swiss govern ment." . J ' s WILL MEET SWISS PRESIDENT ! Berne, Feb. 12 Ambassador Gerard will receive President) Schultuss and Herr Hoffman, chief of ttie foreign department, toay. ;.v . WARY OF GERMAN PEACE PROPOSALS Washington, Feb. 12 Officials today were still inclined to regard the latest offer of Germany to discuss means of present- -k , ing warr presented through the Swiss minister on Saturday, only as an effort to cast on the Unjted States the appearance of being belligerent. ' The official attitude seemed to be that the United States and Germany can have no diplomatic dealings until Germany gives up its program of unrestricted submarine, warfare and that any other advances will serve only to becloud the issue of American rights. It is not certain whether any answer will be: made to the suggestion. . , Officials noted with interest today that the submarine toll of merchant shipping yesterday had sunk to the lowest levet since the campaign began. SHIP F London, Feb. 12. The sinking of the . British steamer Netherlee is reported by Lloyds The Xetherlee, 4,227 tons gross, was last reported on her departure from Philadelphia Jan. ' 21 for Dunkirk, France. Lloyds this afternoon announced that the British steamer Voltaire of 409 tons gross, and Olivia, of 242 tons gross, had been sunk.. STRIKE DELAYS STEAMER. Boston, Feb. 12. The sailing of the steamer North Star for Portland was delayed today by a strike of firemen and deck hands employed by the Eastern Steamship So., owners of the vessel. Officers of the company said the trouble was due to a controversy between rival unions and that no other ship had been affected. One hundred and fifty men quit work, they said. ROEIil U S. POBT Washington Tells Status of German - Ships In Port Here . - Washington, Feb. : ,12 There are two classes of German ships, in American ports. Those interned are. war vessels, such as . the commerce raiders Prinz Eitel Friedrich, Kron prinz Wilhelm and such naval vessels as the gunboats Cormorant at Guam and Geier at Honolulu. The crews ot these vessels, as well as the ships, hie ing part of the German naval forces which have taken refuge in neutral harbors,, are interned as prisoners for the duration of the war under pro vision of international law and the Hague conventions. The status of the warbound Ger man merchantmen Is different, and so"is the status of their crews. The merchant ships are not interned in any sense of the word, but aio re maining in harbor of refug. They are free to put to sea at any time and1; take their chances "with the enemy warships. Their crews are in the same status as. any other aliens com Ing to the United States. ' Any one it them may be admitted to the country on fulfilling the immigration require ments. While they are in the status -of aliens they are for the present con fined aboard their ships by the immi gration authorities in accord with the steps taken against the destruction of property or menaces to navigation la American harbors. V ft L.