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i '. ' -i ' - arm VOL. 53 NO. 75 BRIDGEPORT, CONK.,WEDNESDAY,MARCH 23, 1917 , PRICE TWO CENTS cm Mffi v s CtWCTICOT KOMOT k win mme warn in WIS; v I- Woman Discovers Suspic ious Character in Launch Near Fort Totten and Close to United 'States Destroyer on Neutrality Duty.. .,, ,". ' ' V. Forty Pounds of Iynamite and Many Caps Are : Seized by Police Who Arrest Lone Occupant . off Craft Claims He Is a Wrecker. New York, March 28. Dis covery of a motor boat contain-' ing 40 pounds of dynamite and not far from' a United States destroyer j on neutrality : duty led to the detention by the po lice today of a man who said he was Mathias Johnson of Perth Amboy, N. J. A woman's suspicions wJiBn, from the deck of another ves sel, she saw a motor boat run ning with lights low through the darkness brought about an -inquiry. . Johnson said he wa$ a wrecker who had jpome from Perth Amboy , to blow up a wreck and had put in for shel ter in the' basin near the fort because of rain and darkness. The police authorities assert ed that he produced no license , as a wrecker or to transport ! dynamite. ;.' . MAY ASK INTERMENT , . . i ' San Francsco, March 28. Federal ' authorities said today that It was probable that Lieut. Wllhelm ; Von .Brincken, German consular 'attache, ' who was convicted several weeks ago, together wi'ti Franz Bopp, former German consul general here, and oth ers, of violation' of American neutral- ; Ity, would sek voluntary interment. It - is said, that Von Brincken had J . been notified that his bonds of $25,000 were to be recalled by the bonding compmy. Bopp and all the 'others convicted also are out on bail pending appeal. ' v 7 FEW GERMANS.. CROSS BORDER . Washington, March 28. Official re 1 ports from the southern department made ' public today say reports that many Germans have crossed into Mexico since dplomatic relation's be tween the United States and Germany were broker off are without founda tion. The records of the immigration .authorities and of the army intelli? gence service along the border show that only three Germans, have passed - f into Mexico since Feb. 3 In the Brownsville district atd 78 in the La redo region, 34 of,, the latter having returned to the Unily&d States. : Kl Paso reports' show many cross ings back and forth but only those of residents In the usual transactions of business, the communication adds. Several Are Killed ' As Explosion Razes v ' Bapaume City Hall Paris, , March 28 Accidental ex plosion occurred-yesterday in the city . hall in Bapaume and a number of persona were 'buried in the debris. Raoul Briquet and Albert Tailliandier. deputies from the arrondissiment 'of Arras, who have been engaged in' re lief work, are reported to be among the victims. FALLS OFF FREIGHT CAR. i : - X- - I William Perry, 40,' years, of Water street, fell f rom a freight car near the railroad depot this afternoon at 1:30 and was taken to St. Vincent's hospital suffering from a laceration of 7' scalp. ARMY ENGINEERS MOVED. Washington, March 28 The first regular regiment , of engineers, less Co- F, which remains at Fort Sam ; Houston, was ordered , today by .the i war department from the southern i department to its home 'station here. rarAL if III OK MI PORT'S rail ill mm The first rally and muster of the Home Guards of Bridgeport has been called for Friday night at the State Armory nMain street at t 8 o'clock. Including - those who enrolled up to jnoon today the Guard now numbers 227 men. Every man -who has en rolled is - expected - to report Friday night. 1 ., ' Physical examinations will be con ducted by post surgeons, Lieut. George B. Garlick and J.XH T. Powers. There will also be a short drill and arrangements will be made to get uniforms and arms. Recruits will be taken at the armory Friday night instead of at the city hall. New recruiting -officers appointed yesterday are: . ' SIXTY-NINE ENROLLMENTS IN ' U. S. NAVAL RESERVE FORCE, SIX OYSTER BOATS TENDERED " Sixty-nine men have already made out pre-enrollnient papers In the local division of the Naval 'Coast De fense Reserve force and it is expected that before the enrolling board com pletes its stay here, the number will have reached or passed the 100 mark. Eight men were formally enrolled and sworn in yesterday afternoon. The enrolling board, which is composed nt mn from the IbattleshiiD Illinois. Is headed (by Ensign J. H. Siprague1 U. S. N., and includes Dr. C. E. Trib ley, W. E. Stevens, chief machinist's mate; U. Li. McGinn, chief turret cap tain; A. R. Leh, pharmasisfs mate, first class, and A. C. Gledfelter, yoe man, second class. The local division has , received many patriotic offiers of boats and private yachts with men to man them. One of the biggest offers which they have had was that made by William A. Lewis of the H. J. Lewis Oyster Co. of this city, who offered six oyster boats with the captain and chief en gineer ofTeach boat to the govern ment. , - . Chamber of Commerce Clears U. S. Officer Lieut'-Comm. John H. Barnard, U. S Naval ReserveX Force, in a plea be fore the Chamber of Commerce and prominent factory heads, at a lun cheon in The Stratfield today, decried the former practices of government i in educating men in the war and na- - yai colleges who were not needed for service, the practice of taking large numbers of National Guardsmen from the land occupations 'and in attempt ing to man warships with men not thoroughly trained to he technical work required. , Those present at the luncheon to day were told that in the U.S. Naval .Reserve force there -were many di visions where men of all walks of life and training might be employed, that they would not be taken away from factories for more than three months in the course of four years' service, and might attend practice In as short periods of three weeks at a time, or the full three months at one time if they could be spared irom their oc cupations. At all times they will be employed' only in the district in; which they enlist. The speaker said that he had been trained at Annapolis for four years and at the expiration .had been mus tered from the service. Later unfin ished classes of midshipmen had been graduated without completing the full course. ' He said that during a recent call for militiamen to the border one large New York bank found itself short nearly 120 employes in one morning. Of the Naval Militia he said that in most states the laws were such that they could receive no deep-sea" train ing and in consequence when ordered on the cramped quarters of a ship most of the men were In the way rather than of service. Abill to increase the penalty for spying was introduced by Assembly- man Caesar B. F. Barra, of New York. v , ... SPEEDS 01LQ3UMD dtdsl . mm. m mmm mm Bridgeport George M. Baldwin, Bavid S. Day, .Samuel Senior, Frank C. Hunt and Frank H. Ballard. WInsted -Wilbur H. Bradford and Harold S. Case. Watertown -Merriman H. Morton, Dr. Charles W." Jackson and . G. G. Thompson. Post surgeons were appointed yes terday In many cities and towns in the state. The list follows: Woodbury Dr. Howard S. Allen. Brookfield Center Dr: , Charles A. Ryder. ' ' Greenwich Dr. A, J. Clark and Dr. T. J. M. Donnell. Among those who enrolled, today was C. I'cnvard Dunbar, clerk, of the board of health and chief sanitary inspector. He is 42 years old. JOY-RIDERS HAD "BLUE MOONS" IN WESTPORT HOTEL Automobile Fatality in Fair field Was Preceded by Drinking Party. The drinking of "Blue Moons" and ginger ale highballs preceded the au tomobile accident in Fairfield.in which Nellie Pickett was fatally injured last Sunday night, according to the testi monyv of Thomas Esposito 'of .New Haven . before Coroner Phelan this afternoon. , Esposito 'said he and Arthur J. Harris had been with Miss Pickett and, Emily. Cashanr- at the Compo Inn in Westport before the accident. They had drinks and danced a few times at the inn and were on their way back to this city -when the machine struck the hay wagon. Esposito said the machine was go ing about 18 or 20 milesan hour. He said the wagon was in the center of the road. As proof of his contention that the car was not going fast Es posito pointed to the fact that the oc cupants were not thrown out by the force of the collision. Howard C. Gregory and Gustavo Herthal, Jr., who were in another machine which was a short distance behind Esposito's car, said Esposito's machine was going about 2.2 miles, an hour. Tlie coroner declared he would hear several other witnesses before giving a finding in the case. Many Women Would Enroll As Marines New York, March 28. Two women for. every man applied for enlistment in the United States marine corps in the last " week, according- to Captain Frank E3. Evans, in charge of recruit ing here. Several of the women appli cants, he asserted wanted to be de tailed to battleships. "It was difficult to convince them that women are not permitted to serve in any capacity on warships," he saild. A recent ruling of Secretary Daniels provides for the enlistment of women to fill clerical positions only. British Merchantman, .Attacked by U-Boat, Just Escapes Torpedo Undated, March 28 The British steamship Ruahine, from a port of Europe, was attacked by a submarine on March 17, when a torpedo missed her stern by about 20 feet, her officers reported .when the fehip finished her voyage across the Atlantic today. Nothing was seen of the submarine. rap 'senator neebe SCORES "PETTY POLITICS" ACT Criticises Lyman, President Pro Tern of Senate for Taking Advantage. ROBBED OF RIGHT TO NOMINATE DIRECTORS Soldiers and Sailors Ex empted From Getting Merchants Licenses. 1 (Special to The Farmer.) Hartford, March-27 Arising to a question of personal privilege, Senator Frederic Lc- Neebe of Meriden, today protested what he ' termed "petty politics" by Senator Henry H. Lyman, president pro tern of the Senate and chairman of the Senate committee on appropriations. - The protest was in connection with the confirmation by the Senate yester day of the directors for the Connect! cut School for Boys. It has been customary for a Senator from Meriden to have the naming of a couple of these directors. While Senator Neebe was absent from his seat, in conversa tion in another part of the chamber, yesterday, a slate" that did not contain the names of several favored by Sen ator Neebe, was( affirmed by the Sen ate. f Senator Neehe charged Senator Lx?nan today with , having awaited a favorable opportunity to slip, by .-the measure, and declared he was play ing "petty politics."" Senator Lyman abandoned the chair, giving way to Lieut.-Gov. Wilson and assumed his place in the chamber, i Senator Neebe was "not . on , his job," according to Senator Lyman, or he would have .been aware of what was, being done yesterday. To this Senator Neebe replied that every member of the majority party in the Senate knows he is on his job every minute, something which is absolutely true The solon from Meriden is a thorn in the side of the G. O. P. 1 ' County Commissioners ' Salary Raise Approved ; (Slpecia.l to The Farmer.) Hartford, March 28. The judiciary committee malile a favoraible report to day on the (bill raising the salaries of Fairfield county commissioners from $1,800 to $2,500. The bill -originally called for a new salary of $3,000. Fairfield county commissioners will be the best paid in the state. New Haven county commissioners getf $2,00, Hartford $1,800 and the y 'rest lower amounts down to $450, which is the salary of Tolland. v Soldiers and Sailors , Don't Need Licenses to Become Merchants (Special to The Farmer.) Hartford, March 2S.- The Senate passed an act today exempting hon orably discharged soldiers and sailors from getting- a city or borough license to eell merchandise; also an act fa vorably the Idental commission and dentists requiring licensing of dental hygienists; another tprohiibiting per sons under 18 loitering in a pool room unless accomipanied toy a guardian, and prohibiting conducting lunch rooms in connection with pool rooms, unless set off by a sulbstantlal parti tion. Senator Brooks explained toflay that the reason for the measure calling for the retirement of military officers after 64 years of age, was at the request of the war department and should have been in the military -tbll passed sev eral weeks aigo. , This provision, he said, is necessary for the state to ob tain federal aid. Wants to Run Open Cars From May Up to Nov. 1 In City i-i .. Hartford, March 28 The Connecti cut Co. today petitioned the public utility commission for a modification of an order with reference to opera tion of open trolley cars during cer tain hours in Bridgeport. The peti tion asks that a service for 15 extra cars daily between May 1 and Nov. 1 from the Remington Arms Co. in Bridgeport be granted. The petition will be heard by the commission Tues day, -April f, att 11:15. Recently tm complaint of a number of workers MA of the common Coun cil of Bridgeport, the company was ordered to cease the operation of open cars during th cold weather. " The of ficials of the company claim they have not enovcrh. closed cars to care for the patroaage during the rush hours when tine East and West End factories close daily. p m PUS mm ALL R MOVES Ordering Out of Additional Guardsmen , Focuses At tention on Legislative Program That President "Will Present to Special Session. Mann Gives Up Plan for Bi partisan Organization of House Officials Consid er Plans for Publicity Campaign, to Help Re cruiting. Washington, March 28. With the ordering out today of additional units of the national guard, interest at the capital centered today on" the legisla tive program that President Wilson will submit to the spec ial session (of Congress next Monday. Definite steps toward consid eration of the program will not bt3 taken until the President. of,- ficially addresses Congress. Meanwhile, every department of the government is speeding up preparations tox vineet any eventuality. '".'"' Hope for a non-partisan or ganization of the house of rep resentatives at the special ses sion was virtually abandoned today by Representative Mtnn, republican leader in the last house and proponent of the plan. . . i President, Wilson was in - conference today with Col. Ei. M. House, his per sonal adviser, but it was saild he does not plan to put his message to con- gress into final shape until the' last minute, nor-'ihtis it ibeen decided Just what recommendations he will include in it. - ; Congressional leaders are counting on having to deal with nothing ibut measures Telatlng to the international crisis during , -""the special session. Spokesmen for temperance and pro hibition organizations have declared their Intention not to press for action any anti-liquor legislation, and ; al though the federal woman suffrage amendment will ibe Introduced, there appears to be little hope tor it. Among Democrats, Republicans and Independents of the house today there was a (belief that the house wonld be organized along partisan lines. One of the problems that'will con front the war department In case a war army Is called out would 'be the expansion of its civil establishment, to meet the enormous increase in clerical work. Alreadx the department's bu reaus are strained to the limit of pres ent personnel anld its quarters In the big state, war and navy building are congested. ) It is expected that' for immediate purposes three shifts of clerks will ibe put on and the foureaus kept , open night anld day. Preliminary arrangements for co ordination of all government author ity of national scope through a na tional advertising advisory board were made today at the War -and Navy De partments. Details will be worked out through Director Gifford of the national defense council. The purpose of the board, the ser vices of which have been offered to the government without cost, is to de termine the advertising medium to be employed in campaigns to secure sol diers, sailors or workmen of any kind in the present emergency. As a measure of preparedness in Ihe event that a big volunteer army is raised, copies of all the posters and literature used for this purpose in England are now en route from London. LOSES SUING DENTIST. Tlie suit brought by William B. Mallett of Trumbull against Dr. James E. Beardsley, a local dentist, came to an abrupt end yesterday afternoon when Judge Welsh in the common pleas court granted a motion for non-suit made by counsel for Dr. Beardsley. The motion was filed on the ground that Mallett's counsel had not filed with the clerk of the court a copy of the alleged contract with the dentist. The suit resulted from a dispute over the purchase of $1,000 worth of stock in a South American company, which Mallett bought from Dr. Beardsley. MAJOR HURLEY HAS ENROLLED WE THAN 100 I i Letters of Support Received From Retired Officers Pledging 'Support. Major James J. Hurley has enrolled 110 volunteers for the regiment of infantry which he proposes to raise in Fairfield county in the event that war is declared. He has also received let ters from retired military officers in Danbury, . Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich nledeing their support in his undertaking. These officers willi begin to recruit companies at once in the cities where they live. I . Major Hurley, has had enrollment blanks printed on which prospective recruits will "'be asked to give names, addresses, occupations, dependents for support, conditions of health, etc., and previous military service, If any. The major points that with the calling of the two regiments of the state's in fantry, more infantry troops will be required at once and these troops must bev olunteers. For the present the major is taking enrollments at his office in the State Trade School in John street. No call for volunteers has yet been made by the government but the ma jor expects that the use of the State armory for the purpose of recruiting will be allowed him by the adjutant general. . s U. S. NAVY MAN NEW OF DANISH 17, 1. Washington,. March 28 Rear Ad miral James H., Oliver, chief of naval intelligence, was named by Secretary Daniels today as governor of the Dan ish "West Indies, which are to be taken over on Saturday by the United States. The ceremonies of transfer will take place at St. "Bhomas, and in Washing ton on the same day. Secretary McAdoo will deliver to the banish minister the, government warrant for $25,000,000 in payment for the islands. Important fortifications will be constructed and the islands will be used as a naval base for further pro tection of the Panama canal and for general military purposes. , ' Rear Admiral Oliver will leave on Saturday for his new post. He will serve until a permanent form of gov ernment is fixed by Congress. Secre tary Daniels announced that two naval vessels, the transport Hancock and the cruiser Olympia, have been or dered to St. Thomas for the transfer ceremonies. Capt. B. B. Bierer, com manding the Hancock, will officiate as the ranking naval officer. . The acquisition will be marked by the lowering of the Danish flag 'and the raising of the Stars and Stripes and firing off salutes by the warships. Two Children of Weather Observer Dies Within 8 Days Following the death of her brother, Robert E. Jennings, by only seven days, Miss Hattie P., daughter of Weather Observer and Mrs. William Jennings, died at the home , of her parents, 613 Noble avenue, last night. Miss Jennings was stricken with pneu monia on. the day that her brother died of the same disease. The fact that she had bad pneumonia a year ago, and her lungs were consequently weak added to the grief caused by the death of her brother, had much to do with her own death. Miss Jennings was born in this city 45 years ago. She was particularly well known on the East Side where she had lived the greater part of her life. Her parents survive her, two sisters, Mrs. H. "S. Brower and D. W. Rowell, and one brother, William Jennings, Jr. ' Knocked From Junk Wagon by Collision and Ribs Fractured JCnockeki from the seat of the Junk wagon which he was driving, Jacob Lennon, 55 years, of 85 Water street, was then run over by his own wagon and suffered injuries that may prove fatal. An automobile operated by Is adora Srezntak,' of 1,892 Beavlew ave nue, struck the wagon at Newfteld and Stratford avenues, this morning at 11:45. Lennon was thrown over the horse's head and the wheels of the wagon passerd ' over his chest, breaking his ribs and. causing other serious injuries. Ie was removed to the Bridgeport hospital toy Dr. S. I. Arankl, of the emergency hospital. Sreznick was ar rested charged with, reckless driving. GOVERNOR sm ALL OOP. IIWTRY MOW OUT Orderf for Second Regiment! to Mobilize Received atl ' Capitol This Forenoon; and Immediately Trans-i mitted to Officers. Call Was Expected Follow-; ing Ordering Out of First Regiment Soldiers Arei Assembling This Afters noon at Armories. Washington, March 28. Four additional regiments "of the national guard were called intn thft fprlfiral fr-vip.p.tnrln v . - j by the war department. Theyf are the First West Virginia,. 74th New York, Second Con' necticut and Second New Jer-i sey infantry regiments. Assemble at Once New Haven, March 28 Com panies of the Second regiment will assemble during the day at their home stations" to 'await further orders. Col. E. I. Isbell ) on receipt of the call; at once got into touch with his com-, pany commanders and staff of- ficers and the machinery fori mobilization was, put into mo-i tion. ' . REPLICA OF FIRST ORDER Hartford, March 28 Adjt. Gen.. . Cole said that the first notification to mobilize the Second regiment reached Gov. Holconib just before 12 o'clock y today in a telegram ' from the war department signed by Secretary . o War Baker. The call was a replica of the summons for the mobilization r of the Jirst regiment, received Sun day. Gen. Cole said Gov. Holcomh immediately telephoned' to the adju tant general's office in the armory and -then Adjutant General Cole telephon ed to Col., Isbell, commanding the Second regiment, at his headquarters in New Haven, and ordered immediate mobilization of the regiment. 1 Maj. E. A. Shuttleworth, U. S. A. inspector of Connecticut infantry, ' who is now mustering officer of th First regi,ment, said today that he had , unofficial notification from tle war department at midnight that the Sec ond was to be called out but could not make his information public until the official summons was received here to day He added that the First regi-' ment would be mustered in within a fw days and in the meantime the ' Second would be recruiting up to com pany strength of 100 men. . Maj of Shuttleworth would give no informa tion as to disposition of the troops. According to Major Edward Schul nf thft ndlutant general's - office the Second infantry is considerably short of men. None of the companies is up . to the 100 man mark but recruiting is expected to take a big jump from; now on. Pennsylvania Busy Enrolling Recruits 7 Philadelphia, March 28-i-Reports f rom all sections of the state tell of organ ized efforts in many cities and bor oughs to stimulate -recruiting in 1 th army, navy and marine corps and or ganization of local committees to arouse popular interest In defense measures. In other communities' step? are being taken to form committees on relief and to care for families of men entering the national service. ' . In Philadelphia, especially for the natioal coast defense reserve, recruit ing is brisk. . The First City troop of Philadelphia has receiveta orders from Harrisourg to 'be ready for a call to arms and the , state Fenci'bles, an in fantry organiKition, expects to raise another regiment within a week. Fifty local physicians last night ipledged themselves to join the army medical reserve corps, and one hun dred others, physically unafole to qual ify for medical field service, 'organ ized a physicians' motor, corps, the dbject of which would ibe to provide an ambulance service, members sup plying their own automobiles. For the fifth time in the history ot Independence hall it was openeld totf cay as a recruiting station. "ME WEATKEIt Fair tonight; Thursday increasing cloudiness and waxmex, . v) I .