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Following: Cabinet Meet
ing: at Washington the
Iyocal Police Will Prob
ably Keep Index of
Alien Enemies. '
v Washington, Nov. 14 The
' recurrence- of disastrous fires
at war and waterfront plants
has aroused the Department of
.: Justice. '. , , . V . ,v
, Following the Cabinet meet
ing Attorney-General Gregory
yesterday.let.lt be known that
within a few days Important
modifications to trie regula-
tkms with regard to the move
ments of aliens within re
stricted zones win be put into
' effect. - .
What these changes wilt be - Mr.
' Gregory refused ito Indicate.'. It- la
generally eonsldsred, however., that
they "Win ' consist In a tightening of
the regulation under which permits
for aliens to enter the barred zone
are 1 issued and the , development of
. plana In oo-operatlon with local police
authorities' for the mare stringent en
forcement of the regulation and a
more adequate inspection of the per.
seas who enter and leave the barred
, The problem, so far as Bridgeport
with Its large foreign population la
concerned. Is admittedly a grave one,
". It la practically Impossible to remove
aU foreigners from within xjertafrt dis
tances of the local waterfront and the
' various-war plant, and a condition
arises -which can hardly be coped with
under the present method of regulat
ing movement la barred sones. The
laxity of some employers In hiring
men of questionable reliability la part-
ly at fault here.
Every alien enemy In Bridgeport, re
gardless of his past, will be placed un
der eonetaat Government surveillance
as the result of a co-operative plan
which, will be adopted by the police
and the federal authorities. Thus,
about TOO residents of this city may
;.. 'be affected, . '
" Names, residences, eeeupations, and
police records, if there are any, will
probably be filed at the police stations
in the pracinets In which the aliens
live, and they will be required to re
port ail ahanges in this respect. In
addition, they will be watched, ' and
their! homes will be liable to inapeo-
, tioh by Federal agents..
IN 5 CLASSES
Washington. Nov. . 14. Pha fflva
Classes Into which 9,660,006 men reg
istered for military duty, and those
who are registered hereafter, are di
vided, and the order in. which they
wH be called for service were, officially
announced today in - the provost mar
shal general's questionnaire which
every registered man must fill out
and file. The order shows some
change from the tentative draft re
Hamtrary to some published reports,
0 floes not exempt married- men as
a class. The questionnaire Indicates,
however, that only mei-? the '-first
class will be x called to the colors in
the gravest emergency. i
The questions on the subject of de
pendents are framed to meet every
possible circumstance and to draw out
every bit of information that might
be of value to the boards in fixing
the class to which a man is to be as
signed. .. -' -j. '
A general outline of the coxnp-'ete
context pf the questionnaire is pub
paha4 pa page f n f bis nawepaper.
The coal shortage in Bridgeport is going to be relieved
The Fuel Board, including Carl F.: Siemon, - chairman; John
J. Fisher and fl. A. Beers, finds that by not fixing a price on
coal, the situation will be greatly benefited,' because dealers
during the last several months have refused to buy coal; fear
ful that the board would fix a price so low that they would
be forced to sell it at a loss.
. Bridgeport dealers have - been re
quested, to buy as much coal as possi
ble and the board, having faith that
they will not take advantage of 'the
situation, will not Interfere in the mat
ter of setting a price. : rf
"The . situation In : Bridgeport Is
worse than any other city in the state,"
said Chairman Siemon today, "and-we
believe, that our method -will prove to
be a better way of, elleylng the .situa-.
tion than by setting" a price.' ' , Siemon'
said the shortage at the present time
is annroxlmatelv 25.000 tons less than
was In the clty'a yeaV ago, at which
time there was a shortage. ' , '
Bridgeport people wiU pay . any
price for coal," said Siemon, "because
they need It and need It badly, (but w
firmly trust that the dealers will not
charge exorbitant prices. The dealers
are pleased with our method and are
willing to co-operate -With the board."
Coal dealers In this city have lost
hundreds of, dollars during the last
three months, as was proven by the
board's Investigation of the dealers'
books. "Ifs a wonder to me," said
the chairman, "that some of . these
dealers didn't close up their yards." -
Because of the situation the street
peddlers, . who Siemon . alleges are a
necessary evil to , the people who
can't afford to buy a ton," have" prac
tically passed out of existence, be
cause dealers have refused to sell
them coa.Y, The board has this matter
In- consideration and will arrange for
the street peddlers to "get supplies, but
will regulate a price for its sale by
the hundredweight, '
, The local board Is continually in
communication with "William D. Bus-
sell, head of. the State Fuel Admlnis
t ration and James W. Storrow, head
of the New England committee, who
FOUL PLAY IN
CASE OF NEGRO
' Indications that foul play ik sus
pected in connection with the dah
of an . unidentified negro who suc
cumbed to opium poisoning at St.
Vincent's hospital, early this morn-
,nn ' anaODS In Vl n fan W-X. a '
Kpital authorities are referring the
ease to Coroner John J, Phelan.
The vletlm was found lying uncon
scious, yesterday, in a room ' in the
boarding house conducted by Mrs.
Margaret Modosky, at 582 Broad
street, and was at first thought to
have been overcome by illuminating
gas. Later,' symptoms ; of opium
poisoning : developed, giving rise to
the theory that the man had taken an
overdose of the drug, ,
Svery effort was made to save hia
life, but without suceess, and death
resulted today. At the hospital, no
information 1 beyond the fact that the
man is supposed to have -' died of
opium poisoning, was given out, it
being stated i that the case was in
Coroner Phelan'a hands. . - - ,
The coronet, this afternoon, said
that he had up to that hour received
no formal report of the matter,
though he felt certain that foul play
must be suspected if the case is IJeing
turned over to him.
IT. S. MISSION RECEIVED -
IS PARIS BX PRES. POIJfOAIRE
Paris, Nov. 14 The American con
gressional delegation which is visiting
France was received this morning by
President Poincaire in the palace of
" Connection t : Fair - tonight ; and
probably Thursday; moderate north
winds on the coast, probacy increaa-
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY,
will iay the situation before "'Admin
istrator Garfield at Washington.
A statement from Chairman Siemon,
covering the board's . investigation,
reads in part as follows:
"The Committee for the Fuel Ad
ministration, appointed by tne United
States government , has completed U
Investigation of the coal .situation in
Bridgeport, haying . interviewed all
dealers. This committee was primar
ily appointed ta recommend a price to
the government for distribution-of -all
grades of coal in' Bridgeport, - - -'
; "We wish to state that our Investi
gation establishes a condition which
would not be Improved by the com
mittee making a price at the present
TMs is, due -to the fact that
the stock Of 'coal, on hand.-both hard
and! soft,' is not Only way below the
stock on hand last year, but way be
low stocks carried at this time 6f the
year during normal times.
' "Investigation has ' conclusively
shown that due to the reduced arrival
of shipments of coal in the last threa
months that dealers .In this city have
been operating at a loss
"The situation briefly stated then Is
this:, That the City of Bridgeport Is
not so much Interested in a price on
coal at the present time as it is in
securing an adequate supply through
the1 dealers which will carry them
through the winter. ;
: "Where any severe eases of want
exist, duo to a shortage of coal In
families, such parties are asked to
report to any of the members of this
committee and we will use our vert
best endeavors to alleviate the situa
tion.' . - .
"By continued co-operation of alf
we expect to "Keep the , Wheel
a -turning and the Home Fires Burn-,
ing.'" , : .-'
; ALL GOLD COIN
EfEerts of tho government to pro
tect the gold reserve of the country
has resulted in the. almost total dis
appearance of geld coins from the
coffers of the local .banks. In addi-
tion to concentrating tho gold reserve
In federal reserve banks the govern-1
ment has requested the non-usage of
the gold coins as Christmas presents
this year. . ' . v ,
Liberty bonds are suggested as ap
propriate substitute for geld coins, aa
Cristmas gifts. V y.
According " to prominent local
bankers it is necessary to the well be
ing of the standing of the United
States as a financial center' that ade
quate protection be given at the pres
ent time to the gold resources of the
country, . .
' ' The matter of concentrating as far
as possible all gold in federal re
serve banks is adopted by the gov
ernment to prevent gold from .event
ually finding Its way to foreign coun
tries as a holiday grift.
NEW ORDERS FOR
An additional order .for 200,060
rifles and 168,000 extra barrels aid
receivers today supplements the large
contract under which the Remington
Arms Co. ha3 been turning out guns
for the Russian governmenx. -The
plant is at present producing rifles
at the rate of about 100,000 a month,
and bayonets to the amount of 16,000
a day. , . . . ...
Philadelphia, Nov. 14 -State Sena
tor -.James P. McNlchol, a prominent
Republican deader, . died today. .
Strong Enemy Attempts
to Gross Stream Fail
Huns Plan to Drive
Wedge Between Tren
tino and Piave Armies.
Berlin, Nov. 14, via London
The capture by Austro-Gerrnan
forces of the towns of Primo
lano, in the Sugana valley, and
Feltre, west of xthe upper Piave
river, is announced: today by
army .headquarters. -x - -
London, Nov. 14 The ! Ger
mans met with a complete de
feat at the hands of the Brit
ish yesterday in Flanders, the
war office reports. An atterapf
to recapture the ground recent
ly' won by the British nea
Passchendaele was repulsed. ;
Italian Headquarters In Italy, Tues
day, Nov. 13 By the Associated
Press) The Plave line still holds In
the main against heavy and continuous
artillery fire from the eastern bank
and the efforts of the Austro-Gerrnan
to cross the 'stream. These efforts
have 'not taken the proportions of a
general movement, but several bat
talions concentrated! their lire on the
raiding parties, either destroying .them
in mid stream or pushing them' back
on the river bank. The fighting here
was desperate and sanguinary. Men
who have returned from the batteries
along the Piave say the German firs
is extremely heavy, but from guns ol
Chief attention Is now directed to.
ward the eastern 'sector of the Tren-
tino -front, where It runs aeross the
Asiago -plateau to the upper Piave
river. The enemy is making 'demon
strations there which are either a
diversion or a prelude to a heavy . at'
tack with the evident purpose of get-
ing down into the valley toward Baa-
sano and the plains below, thus sepa
rating the Italian army on the Trenv
tino from that on the plave.
; Reports indicate that the enemy is
operating on 'four main fronts. Gen.
Boroevic Is on tho lower Piavo, Gen.
Von Below is on tho upper Piave, Gen.
Korbatin is on the eastern Trentino
and ; Gen. Conrad is in the western
Trentino. This gives Von Below the
task of trying to force the center while
Borcevlo and Conrad press in the
Plave and Trentino wing. The mim
foer of troops under tho Austro-Ger
rnan comimanders is not known..
'An Italian aviator who made one of
the last flights over TJdine after It was
evacuated says' the city was damaged
but little. He saw several large firea
at. separated points, and the hope is
expressed that none of them was the
city hall, which is a handsome mon
ument of Venetian architecture re
sembling the Doges palace,
X The inter-allied council is consider
ing measures for the adequate pro
tection of Venice.
! FRENCH CABINET
CRISIS IS GRAVE
Paris, Nov. 12 The Painleve minis
try goes without many regrets, after
having dragged out' its existence for
two months. Its fall had been dis
counted for the last two weeks, but
the abrupt manner of its passing came
as a surprise.
In view of the present situation at
home and. abroad the ministerial crisis
is regarded as of exceptional gravity.
All the morning newspapers agree
that what is needed imperatively is a
real leader, but they also say Presi
dent Poincare will find it a most diffi
cult, task to hit upon such a man.
The name most frequently mention
ed is that of former Premier Clemen
ceau. It would be the logical step oa
the part of President Poincare to of
fer him the premiership inasmuch as
he originated the campaign against
Boloism in parliament and it was oa
that Issue that M. Palnleve fell.
NOV. 14, 1917
Qf riIr Vi-1tyi "M-tt A A DnoTn?
; UJ XV. AA J A AAA j X1U AX X X Uilllvi
grad, according to a dispatch from the correspondent of the
Swedish news agency in.Haparanda, on the Russian border.
London, Nov. 14 The Finnish telegram bureau says the
whole of Russia except a small part of Petrograd is now in the
hands of the provisional government.
Premier Kerensky Is now In Pet
rograd and has taken ; virtually the
entire 'city, the -announcement of the
Finnish telegram bureau savs. '
The provisional Russian ' govern
ment referred 'to in the' foregoing la
the government of Premier Kerensky,
which the bolahevikl - attempted to
overthrow. . , . i , ' 'J--,:y' .' ,
According to these advices, which,
were received in a cablegram . filed at,
Stockholm at : o'cloclt 'yestetday
afternoon, ' Premier Kerensky defeat
ed the bolshevlkl at Tarekoe ' Selo.
The Cossacks ' are reportod ' to .have
destroyed the Red Guard. The tele
graph lines are now ' In Kerensky"s
hands the telegram; bureau reports.
For the last three days' reports have
Y. M. C. A. FUND
Rieperta of the teams which are can
vassing for the $35,000,000 fund for the
T. M. C. A. of the eountry, fif which
Bridgeport is to raise $125,000, shows
that the total autoscriptions in : this
city to date are $71,818. Of this sum
the subscriptions reported today show
$26,317. Fairfield has reported total
subscriptions of $10,512. :
Honors for the largest subscriptions
received by, a ladies' - team today go
to the one headed by Mrs. Iavid 3.
Day, with $749. Of tho men's teams
that headed toy T. C. Hiawley leads
with $693. Tho Citizens', committee
reported euihscriptions for today of
$4,400., Tho Boys' division reported
subscriptions 'of $2,290.
Following tho luncheon and the re
ports of the teams at The Stratfleld
today, Sergeant Gibbons, a memiber
of the Canadian forces in the great
war, made a very enthusiastic address
In which he urged support of the
work of thel T. .M. C. A. and told of
the immense benefit, it has been to'
the forces In the field. Sergt. Gibbons
has been thsough, a large portion of
the war, his regiment having been re
duced from ahout 8,500 to 300 men,
and he was wounded and a prisoner
In tho hands of the Germans. A r
' BergU Gibbons was! in ' such, a con
dition tta&f he was exchanged 4ry the
Germans, as they believed he would
never toe alblo to walk again, : and
would be of no further military ser
vice. He .has recovered sufficiently to
engage in recruiting service, and Is
giving hia aid to the campaign of the
ST. QL.C- A.' in Bridgeport ana otner
cities of the country.
H. HARRIS ASKS
FOR AUTO SMASH
Damages of $5,600 are claimed by
Henry E. Harris, head of the Harris
Engineering Co. of this city as result
of an automobile accident Nov. 8.
when an automobile -he was driving
was struck by one driven by Axel .He then asked Murray to change a
Swanson of Trumbull at Main and $30 bill, and Murray was about to do
Grand streets in this city. Harris was so when the negro snatched the entire
driving north In Main street, and i amount from his hands and darted
Swanson west In Grand street. down Housatonic avenue toward) the
The machines collided, Harris ' railroad station, disappearing' In the
blaming .Swanson for the accident, darkness.
Harris was injured on the leg, and The affair promised to become com
claims his automobile was also ma- plicated this forenoon, when - Mrs.
terially damaged. Swanson and Mr j Brown telephoned Captain Cronan
Swanson were both thrown from their i and said, that Murray had stolen the
machine and severely Injured. The
suit was filed today in the Superior
t lToToncVxr Vine ontopp "Ppfwi-
UUW , V AA VJ J. W VA W I
been coming In from Scandinavian
sources of the defeat of the bolshe
vlkl, but they have been contradicted
by wireless dispatches from Petro
grad., This is the third time that an
acocunt has been received of a battle
at Tsarskoe Selo, a Kerensky victory
having been reported twice ; and . . a
bolshevlkl victory on the other occa
sion. , '; - - . -;.' - - -v
, -The Finnish telegram bureau's ad
vices so closely parallel the dispatches
received ' on Sunday and Monday as
serting that Premier Keronsky. had
overthrown the bolshevlkl as to ug
gest that they may be ft, delayed .ver
sion 6f the same reports, which-were
eontradlctled by tha announcement
received - yesterday from Petrograd
that the Kerensky . forces had .been
defeated in a battle near Tsarskoe
Selo. J" 'v. ' " ,-',' '
- Alleging that their property will be
damaged to the extent of $50,000, the
fire risk Increased and insurance rates
raised, Julius ,'S. Weiss and others,
property owners in the eectlon, are
seeking an injunction against Mr. and
Mrs. James Romanelli restraining
them from 'building a public garage
inr Stratford avenue, between Miles
and Cowles streets. Judge Howard J.
Curtis 'heard arguments in the case
in the- superior court today. :
Included among the complainants,
all of whom own' property in the sec
tion affected, 1 are , Patrick' Flahaven,
Frank- Jacoby, M. Slachter, William
Shaughnessy, Anigelo Verona, Hyman
jTrana ana J. s. uamngton.
Plans for the proposed garage call
for a building 80x100 feet, with two
entrances ,aoroes the sidewalk. : - The
district is claimed to ba residential and
therefore unsuitable for the purpose.
Attorneys agreed upon the main facts
in the case, but Attorney Finikleetone,
for the defendant, did not admit the
garage would be a nuisance as claim
ed. Judge Curtis reserved his deci
sion." ' ' , ., . ; ' V, . . 1
GET RICH QUICK:
FOR MRS. BROWN
"Show me $100 and I'll give you a
ten-spot,' was the peculiar request of
an unknown negro to George Murray,
ot, 623 Housatonic avenue, last night,
and because George, in his anxiety to
earn a little "easy money," went the
stranger one better, he is minus the
sum of $120, today.
. According to the story he told De
tective Captain Edward Cronan this
morning, George at first spurned the
negro's invitation, but when the bo
nus offer was increased" to $15, he ac
cepted, and went to a Mrs. Brown,
from whom he borrowed $120.
This roll he flashed before the ne
gro, who promptly paid over the $15.
$120 ..from her. investigation con,
1 vinced the captain that this was not
"true,, however. .-
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PRICE TWO CENTS
m en can
oamnues Keuirning trom
Front Line Trenches
Have Many Scores to
Settle With Huns-3rd
Battalion in Action.
With the American Army in
FranceTuesday, Nov. 13 (By
The Associated Press) Ttie
third series of American bat
talions . is now occupying the
first line and the second, Amer--ican
detachments to enter the
trenches have returned to theii
billets. The reUel was accom
plished on a brilliant starlit
night wilhout the knowledge of
the Germans, ' '
Incnraed ' among the... returning ;
troops is, the company , that bore the '
brunt of the recent raid on the
American trenchea . -At retreat -this
evening this, company lined up' in a
little muddy street in a village nestling
under a hill some . miles from -the
front. Their clothes were caked with
mud and the roofs and fences nearby
were hung : with , wet blankets and
equipments. .. , v j ; ..
Openings here, and - there in the
ranks showed how' many 'men had
been killed, wounded and made, pris
oner in the trench fight ' After the
company was dismissed an officer of
the battalion watched jthe men splash
off through the mud and said:
"There goes the scrappiest bunch of
soldiers in France They are mad
all through and are just biding their
time till they get a chance to repay
the Germans for what happened "to
their eomrades. They will get their
revenge- before this war is over. Tou
can depend on that."
The second return battalions today
were going through the same series
of bathing and cleaning as the ' first
ejetachment. The men are to enjoy
several days of rest before taking up
the training work again. ; ,
ALL ORDERS i)F
Defying the Board -of Health In all
its orders, William jCurraii, a dairy- '
man, of Stratfteld road, refused to ap
pear. before the board last night and
as a result a special meeting .will be
held and Curran will be summoned to
appear. If he fails a-deputy sheriff
will be -send after him. Curran had
previously refused to allow his milk
to he inspected . at the demand of
health inspectors., '. . '- -
. ' The board drafted an ordinance pro
viding a fine of $100 as penalty to par
ents who 'neglect their: children's
health, 'A delegation of painters ap.'
peared and asked for the' passage of.
an ordinance that will compel tene-,
ment house owners to strip old paper
from the walls before : repstpering
them, Paperhangers are ; subjected
to contagious diseases. ' ;', -
Dr. L. A. Wilkes, direetor ef school
hygiene, explained his card index sys
tem to the board members, showing
that by the reports of school nurses
he can keep track of the health of
each school child, 1 ' .
EVADER IS HELD
Awaiting information from his
home town to determine his true age,
the police are today holding in cus
tody William F. Conway, of Dorches
ter, Mass., on the suspicion that he
has evaded draft registration, i '
' Conway walked into headquarters,
last night, and asked for lodgings, but
when 'Called upon to ehow his regis
tration card.' was Unable to conanlv
and told conflicting as to the reason
for his being witnout one. .-