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nn 0 mm pot Farm fo)io) illh JVjvJ t VOL. 53 NO. 285 Ooal Oards .BQDffl-QM- Bridgeport Homes With out Fuel Will be Promptly Cared for Tomorrow Do Not Believe Schools Will Have to Close. The card eystem for dis tributing hard coal will be in stituted in this city tomorrow morning. The Bridgeport Fuel Committee has established per manent headquarters in Room 19, ' Stratfleld building, and Murray Caldwell has been ap pointed permanent secretary for the committee. The com mittee and retail coal dealers cpmpleted plans at a meeting in the fuel headquarters this afternoon. The fuel committee will handle case In which the applicant prove dire need, but every ton of coal aold in the oity front tomorrow on must be sold under the oard system. Per sons in need of coal must apply to their regular dealera The dealer will take thm applicant's name and address and after Investigating the need providing the dealer has coal to sell tie will Immediately deliver a ton to the applicant's house. If the dealer does not have ooal in stock, the applicant must then make his application directly to the Be era tary of the fuel committee. Prov lng the Immediate need the secretary will Issue the card to a dealer, whom he knows has coal, directing him to deliver a ton at the applicant's ad dress. No telephone orders wlU be accepted. Chairmas .Cart F. Si am on of the committee wishes to make it clear that the committee will eare for ur gent oases only. The committee has permanently organised and win trans act all future 'business at Its new headquarters. There being no govern ( Continued on Page 2.) REMONSTRANCES FILED BY MAYOR AGAINST CAFES Formal remonstrance against the renewal of the license of William Pfau, proprietor of the Amazon hotel in Fairfield avenue was filed with the county commissioners today by Mayor C. B. Wilson. In addition to the ror mal remonstrance the mayor filed ob jections to the renewal of licenses to 48 other saloons in the city in which conditions have been complained of by the police, due to the allowing of women" to loiter in the places, eva sion of the Sunday closing law, disor derly conduct, and in some cases neg lect of sanitary provisions. Some of those to whom objection has been made appeared today for their li censes with money and bonds but were told their licenses would not be is sued today, and that tbey must come grain. - Included In the places to which ob jection is made by the mayor are some of the more prominent cafes of the city. One such is the Hotel Lorraine iln Chapel street. Another is Bullen'a cafe In Bank street I The Royal Ho tel, Atlantic hotel, and some others of nearly equal prominence are included in the list. . All of the applications will be held up pending further investigation, and the commissioners will insist upon as suranoes that changes of dgasajhect, strict' oempllance with the laws, ani perhaps physical changes in the lay out of the places of business will be (Uade before the licenses ara started. TEE WEATHER. For Bridgeport and vicinity: Cloudy and warmer tonight; Tuesday snow or raia wad warmer. - - , British Army Headquarters sociated Press) British troops last night reoccupied a section of a trench on the high ground southwest of Bourlon village, on the Cambrai front, which was lost on Friday. The town of Mas- nieres, which was evacuated by night by British artillery. The Germans attacked the at 8:50 p. m. and an hour later been successfully beaten off. futile attempts by the enemy to take this village yesterday afternoon. Gen. Byng's troops last night Villiers Guislan and their tine now is fairly near the town. LATE WAR Berlin, Dec. 3, via London aptttred- 6,000-British prisoners German general staff announced bered 100. Amsterdam, Dec. 3 Bulgaria tions, th Russia, in accord with ply to this effect to the Russian says. This announcement , was made in the Bulgarian parlia ment by Premier Radoslavoff. ( Berlin, Dec. 3 A Russian deputation, the official statement says, has arrived at the command of Prince Leopold of Bavaria, with the object of arranging a general armistice. CONDITION OF GIRL CRITICAL; ESCORTS JAILED David Layton, aged 23, and Ed ward Cowan, 20, both of 260 Horace street, were sentenced by Judge F. L. Bartlett in the police court, today, to six months' , imprisonment in the county Jail for taking without per mission the automobile belonging to Frank Jacoby, of 1083 Broad street, from which Miss Hazel "Waterman, of 905 Noble avenue, was thrown and critically , injured,. late Saturday night Both young men are also to be taken before the authorities of the town of Westport, in which the acci dent occurred, and one, at least, may be charged with reckless driving. Miss Waterman is now in the Bridge port hospital, suffering from Internal injuries, fractures of the thigh" and pelvis, and severe body bruises. Her condition is critical, and she is under the care' of Ir. George J. Scheule, who was first called to at tend her after the disaster, Hopes are held out for her recovery. It Is claimed that the machine was going at a rate of about 50 miles per hour on the 'Westport road when, In swinging around a bend, it crash ed into a telephone pole. The car was completely destroyed. Layton told detectives that he had taken the car on two previous occa sions without right. Mr. Jacoby, some, time ago, lost another machine 'under somewhat similar circum stances. HARBOR ESTIMATE CUT FIVE MILLION . Washington, Dec. 3 The cost of improvement and maintenance of harbors and waterways utilized in the handling of the country's water borne commerce was estimated to Congress today at $29,515,697 for the fiscal year 1919. That is a reduction of more than $5,000,000 from the amount appro priated for the current . year. As usual, the largest sum estimated was for the Mississippi river, a total of $12,112,000. For the Ohio river $5, 006,000 was proposed, and for the harbor of New York, where the larg est portion of the country's foreign commerce Is handled, $3,010,000, which includes provision for Im provements on the Hudson and Bast rivers, estimates for the latter water way amounting to $2,500,000. - BRIDGEPORT, MM IP H WU ' GROCER STEALS L-T innTITmTn-rin il T bAIW .,-!s iWAR CONGRESS U.S.H00DS in France, Dec. 3 (By the As the British, was shelled last British positions at Laquavire it was reported that they had Today's attack followed three pressed near to the village of BULLETINS Since Friday the Germans have in - the ' Cambrai region; the today. The guns taken num has decided to open negotia .her allies, and has sent a re government, a Sofia dispatch DARING ESCAPE FROM JOLIET BY 13 PRISONERS JoHet, TJL, Dec 3. Thirteen con victs escaped from the state peniten tiary here early today by breaking through steel doors and beating twe guards Into unconsciousness. The guards on the penitentiary wall fired many shots at the fleeing con victs, but because of darkness it is not believed that any was hit. A posse of 60 started in pursuit ot the prisoners, who took a southerly direction. The 13 men were in solitary con finement for having caused disturb ances last week In the cell houses. To escape they "had to break out of their individual' cells, then saw through- two barred doors and finally through a heavy steel door which leads into the "solitary" from the prison corridor. Albert Chanelll, a guard stationed Just inside the steel door, was beaten into unconsciousness, but not before he had summoned John Carlson, night captain of the guard ,with his cries. Carlson, too, was beaten into unconU sclousness. The 13 men then climbed the 15 foot wall at the east gate. Guards with rifles in the two tow ers nearest the gate saw the men dis appear over the wall and fired at them repeatedly, but the night was dark and as far as known early today no one was hit. Arden Murphy said that the men could not have escaped without the assistance or connivance of somebody about the prison. Three of the men were serving life sentences. NO MORE TOTING OF GUNS ALLOWED That gun-toting is an offence which will not be tolerated Jn this city, was a point made clear to Charles Montai, a Portugese,' of 568 Crescent avenue, and Louis Pinkus, of 297 Stillmar. street, by Judge F. L. Bartlett in the police court, this morning, when he imposed fines of $1,00 and costs upon aach, and gave Pinkus an additional Jail sentence of 60 days. Montai said that he was about to go back to Europe, and carried the gun for protection. Pinkus gave no such reasonable excuse. - The latter was caught in Washington park, where he was seen running around with the gun in his possession, by Po. llceman Rogers. CONN., MONDAY; DECEMBER 3, 1917 South Norwalk, Dec. 3 Two robberies which occurred in South Norwalk, one on Saturday night and the other last night, if they came to the ears of the Germans might cause them to think that the food situation here was far more serious than it ever has been reported to be in Germany. Robert Scalzt, a grocer of this city, was arrested for the- theft of about $200 worth of groceries from Mead's grocery in Rowayton, " a suburb, and another family by the name of Mead, who also live in Rowayton, have reported the theft of turkey, cranberry sauce, butter and bacon, sugar and gravy, pepper and bread from their Ice box. Besides the food five gallons of gasolene was stolen. NEW FORD PLANT HERE FOR U.S, WAR INDUSTRIES Indications that 'the huge Detroit! plaflt of tha Ford Motor Car company is to Ibe turned over to the United ' States government for was industrial purposes, as has been' frequently prophesied during the past few' months, are found today in advices received by the concern's local agents to the effect .that there will be a sub- . stantial reduction in the size of sales forces . throughout the country after January first, No definite information is given as to wnat the government will do with the factory, tout ft is generally under stood that the only change in the plant will be the discontinuance of the manufacture of pleasure vehicles, so that production of ambulances, trucks, tractors and certain other types of war and commercial . cars may be increased to meet the great demands. Whether or not actual mu nitions will be turned out Is still in doubt. The government, it is reported, will take charge of the plant on, or im mediately after January first. News of the impending change was noised about as early as last August, and re sulted In the boosting of prices for second-hand Ford cars, since these are now said to ibe coming into de mand. . FILE EXCEPTIONS TO DECISION OF LICENSE GRANTORS Appeal from the decision of the County Commissioners rendered Nov. 23, granting a license to sell liquor to J. E. Morrisson at Main street and tjnion Square, has been filed in the Superior Court by the Bridgeport Land & Title Co. This company was one of the re monstrants against the granting of the license through its president, D. Fairchild Wheeler. The claim of the remonstrants is that the place" is In a financial center and is therefore un suitable for a saloon. Pending the decision of the ap peal in the court the County Com missioners will take no action upon the application of John Shea for a re newal of his license in Main street and next door to the proposed loca tion selected by Morrisson. The original remonstrance of the T. M, C. A and other institutions ap plied to Shea's place also, but that portion of the remonstrance was with drawn. MONTANARO GETS LIQUOR LICENSE NO. 1 FOR YEAR ' After waiting at the county court house since 7 o'clock this morning to be first in line, Michael Montanara of 76 Lexington avenue, was granted liquor license No. 1 today Dy tne County Commissioners.- There is usu ally a friendly rivalry to secure the first license of the new year, and there have been varying fortunes in other years. Today, however, Montanara had matters pretty much his own way There was no great gathering wait ing for the privilege, although a few others were on hand early with their money for the new license. Up to noon time there had been a steady stream of dealers who came forward with the money for the new licenses, filed the bonds required, and took away the document which gives them the right to sell liquor for an other year. . Washington, Dec. 3 Faced by the mighty problem . of America's part in the world war for democracy, congress con vened today for its second war session. ' Apropriations of billions of dollars and measures to put the full force of the United States behind its allies were the prin cipal business of thesession. cipal business of the session. ficial notification to the president that congress is in session and waiting to hear his opening address. The president will speak tomorrow at 12:30 p. m., in the hall of the house, before a joint session. President ' Wilson, it is understood, j deliver his address, expected to large will urge Congress to confine its work ! y define the legislative program. strictly to measures for successful and anlzUo - f both Senate and ' . House under Democratic control hav- speedy prosecution of the war. Thereling ;been effected at the speciai se3. is a general disposition among the ! sion, both (bodies- were ready to leaders on both-sides to- depend eon. him to take the lead in proposing the war measures and to give him all the non-partisan support possible. While the question of declaring war on Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria, Germany's allies,, is agitated in Con gress, there is a general disposition to follow the wishes of the executive branch of the government which is understood to oppose any change in policy at this time. President Wilson's address was in the hands of the printer today. While it is practically complete it is held onen for anv changes until a short time before delivery. The keynote of the legislative pro gram will be sounded by President Wilson "in his opening address. It will be the President's first appear ance before Congress since the night meeting of April 2, at the opening of the special session called to permit him to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. i Arrangement will be made tomor row for a Joint session, probably Wednesday, to hear President Wilson I BIG SALE FEATURES FIRST LOCAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES Sale of war savings certificates and thrift stamps started with a rush at the post office in this city today, and at noon several thousands dollars had been turned over to the cashier, for use of the United States in meeting war expenses. . It is expected before the postal savings window is closed to night this amount will be lnaterially increased as Friday and Saturday there were inquiries which would account for at least $3,000 of the new loan. C. F Noren, an. employe of the post office was the first purchaser of a war savings certificate, paying 14.12 for a certificates which will return $5.00 January 1, 1923. John L. Henley, also an employe of the post office, pur chased the first thrift stamp, 25 cents, which can be exchange for war sav ings certificates when 16 have been placed upon a card furnished by the post office officials. . Among the early purchasers was Mayor C. B. Wilson. During the day there was a con stant business at this window, some individuals buying as high as $100 RECKLESS AUTO DRIVER ARRESTED Operating a Jitney, Daniel J. Pur- cell, of Main street, Westport, was. driving along State street at a rate of about 30 miles per hour,, according to facts reported to the police this morn ing, when he brought his car to a sudden stop directly in front of an other driven by Alexander Morrissey, of the Charities Department. (Morrissey avoided collision by clever manipulation of his machine, but wheti" he commenced to upbraid Pur cell for his strange behavior, the lat ter laughed and drove away at high speed. Morrissey gave chase, arrest ing Purcell on a charge of reckless driving. plungeinto -the mass of waiting bus iness. Legislation, however, is not expected to get into full swing until next month, after the Christmas re cess, although there is some agita tion to forego the holiday. Tomorrow will come the Initial flood of bills, resolutions and petitions. Among the, latter are many petitions accumulated during the recess, de- i manding the expulsion of Senator La Follette of Wisconsin for alleged dis- ; loyalty. His speech . last September at St. Paul, Minn., was considered today by the Senate privileges and i elections committee in connection with, a' sub-committee's investigation. Appropriation measures will require much time. Fourteen general and probaibly several special supply bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1918, as well as estimates of additional money for present war needs, are" to be considered, probably immediately after New Tear's. Two bills, the leg islative, executive and Judicial and District .-'of Cblumlbia measures, al ready under preparation. " (Continued on Page 8. worth of the certificates, which is the limit of purchase in any one day. No I individual is allowed to held more thSn $1,000 in certificates at any one time. Both stamps and certificates I pay interest at 4 per cent. In advance I and may be exchanged for bonds is i sued by the government in multiples 'of $100 or. may be cashed at the ' post offices by 'giving notice at stated ; rates. -i It is expected that both certificates and thrift stamps will be on sale In other places than the post office by arrangement with the postmaster - to make it convenient for those who wish to purchase them. The certificates may be registered at the office of purchase, but when so registered are not transferable, and will be cashed only at the office of purchase and for the purchaser. Under Instructions of the postmas ter general letter carriers may be fur nished with stamps and the postal em ployes generally are instructed' to as sist the sate of stamps and certificates In every manner possible. CRUEL TO HORSES; IS ASSESSED $25 A rudely constructed lean-to shed, open on three sides and exposed to the biting north winds was the only shelter afforded to two horses owned by Bernard Connors, of 737 Wood avenue, according to evidence intro duced before Judge F. L. Bartlett in the police court, this morning, when the' man was arraigned for cruelty to animals. Connors said that it was not cold last night, and he thought the half blankets with which the animals were provided should keep them warm. The horses had gone thus without shelter for two weeks. . A fine of $25 and costs was meted out to Connors. PRICE TWO c!NT3 American Cavalryman, Mexican Civilian and 35 Bandits Killed Latter in Band of 200 Which Raids Tigner Ranch. S Presidio, Tex., Dec. 3 Ona American cavalryman ana one Mexican civilian and 35 Mexi can bandits were killed in a fight on the Mexican side of the river on Saturday. s '" The dead: ' ' : : V Private Riggs, Eighth cavalry, sanitary detach ment. Justo Gonzales, foreman of the Tigner cattle ranch? Private Noriel, troop K, was slightly wounded. ,. The bandits, 200 in number, raided the Tigner cattle ranch in Texas, on Friday, driving off some of the cat j tie and shooting others in the pas j ture. Tigner telephoned to Col Langhorne, who, ordered 30 men in pursuit. Tigner, owner of the cattle. accompanied the troops. Lieut. Matlack followed a hot trai into Mexico and at Buena Vista the bandits attempted to ambush him. j The lieutenant rode through the ani ! bush into the midst of the bandits, ! his men killing 35 and wounding many more. The Mexicans retreated in disorder into the town. , COMBINATION OF BAKERS TO 1M CHEAPER ORE Deeds recording the sale of the Bridgeport Bread Co. to the Massa chusetts Baking Co. were reeonded in the town clerk's office today. The local .plant ' will be retained ' as the Bridgeport .branch of the firm and will continue under the charge ot L. L. Gilbert and W. J. Travis. Speaking of the transfer today Travis said,"Six or seven of us bakers combined so that we can buy flour in larger quan tity and make bread cheaper." The combined owners of the sachusetts Baking Co. are: The Bridge port Bread Co., Reymond Brothers of Waterbury, G. Emanuelson of New Haven, Mrs., Chaney's Bakery of Hartford, - Deitz Baking Co. of Hol yoke and Fitchburg Bread Co.. of Fitchburg, Mass. . t - ; " The Bridgeport plant, located at the corner' of Housatonic avenue and Wells street, has ' been transferred, to the new firm,. LOCAL BOY DOES If CI I 1MITO II 0 iLLL 611 10 Ui ".Or. ENGINEER CORPS -Among the American engineers who were reported In despatches from France, today, to have behaved so well during an engagement ' in which they were under heavy German shell-fire in the region of Gouzeaucourt, is be lieved to have been Oliver Wilkins, of 809 Cleveland avenue, this city, ac cording to theories advanced by his friends. Reports have had it that men from New Tork and Pittsburg took part In this action, and as Wilkins enlisted in Pittsburg, and was among the troopg first to cross the Atlantic with Per shing, there is reason to believe that he may have been under fire. ;; The young man was a student of architecture in the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburg, when he enlisted.