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UVJ nr JJ UJ ! r , 1 U Li O ort tm. 0 ew Lru Evening1 .Fa er VOL. 53 NO. 288 - - , I l s 1 : i . 1 J i n to i ii s IleHared iwf lotS Means Says at Trial For Murder That He Dis x covered and Reported to ; American Govern ment PJot to Restore Haerta in Mexico. Concord, N. d, Dec, 6 Testi fying in his own 'defense today at his trial for the murder of Mrs. Maude A. King, Gaston B, Means told the story of his ac tivities as a "German , agent" -nddxilared U was he who had discovered and reported to the government "the German plot to restore Huerta to a dictator ship In Mexico, bring on war between Mexico and the United States, and at the same time start a peace propaganda. That Information. Mean testified, h gathered while working tor a pri vate detective agency's , German . clients bat under the express stipula tion that ha would report any lnfor , matlon ot Tata to the United Btatea government. ' . Means told bla story at the ba glnning of' bla testimony, whlqh will cover bla oonsaotlona leading up to the ttana ho became a man of business for Mr. King;. doiioWheld Oil CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER (Special to The Farmer.) Stratford, Dae. I Jeaeph B. Dono van, of Naojgatnck, eharged with man slaughter, waa bound oyer to the Bu- perlor court last . evening, by Deputy Judge Frank EL B-lakeman in the Stratford town court. Bonds, of $1, S00 were fixed for hia release, fur nished by Frank Clark of Namgatuck. - Donovan is charged with having hit and run over Anna Kreoowsky, aged 14 year, of 594 Pembroke street. Bridgeport, in front of St. Michael's cemetery, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18, The Injuries which she received re sulted In her death a few hours later at the Bridgeport hospital. The little girl, according to witnesses, had just alighted from the trolley car. The machine In which Donovan was driving passed the standing electric . and ran over her. She was picked up by Donovan and hurried to the Bridgeport hospital. Cullinan & Cul linan, counsellor Donovan, filed a de murrer, at the hearing last evening, which was overruled by the court. FRENCH LOST 6 SHIPS BY SUBS Paris,' WeVSnesday, Dec S. (Losses txf French ships through submarine attaaks in the week ended Dec 1 were: More than 1,600 tons, two; less than 1,600 tons, two; fishing boats, two. Two vessels were attacked but not sunk. HAVE REDUCED LIVE STOCK RATE Washington, Dec . "Redaction in live stock rates from Missouri points to East St. Louis and National Stock Yards, 111., was ordered today by the interstate commerce commission. The new rates will be substantially the same as Interstate rates applying In Missouri, in order to prevent discrim ination in favor of St. . Louis stock yards. . ', . HIE WEATHER. Connecticut! Generally fair tonight and Friday; fresh north to northeast winds on the coast. . 11 e,. a ii ti ii vi ii ei mm a 11 a pi h ii a ii mym . m i ti t i a m t i -,7 i i Husband Refuses to Leave Sick Wife and Pair Sink With Ship London, Dec 0 Survivors of the British steamer Apapa, sunk by a submarine, say that the second torpedo smashed a boat containing a score of passengers. Several were killed and the others, except three, were drowned. Of the 14. women on the Apapa eight were drown ed. Mrs. Harrtgan, wife of the con troller of customs In Accra. Gold Coast, was severely sick with fever and efforts were made to remove her from her cabin. . She asked that she be not removed be cause aha felt too sick. There upon her husband said: "Very well, I. will stay with you," They remained In the cabin to gether and sank with the ship. FIRE CHIEF TO ISSUE LICENSES FOR EXPLOSIVES By the appointment of Fire Chief Daniel H. Johnson as local Explosives Licensing- Agent for the government, the initial step in a move to ascer tain Just how much dynamite, gun cotton, gunpowder, fulminate, etc., are store 8sin this city, where they are kept, by whom, and for what pur,, poses, was taken today. Chief Johnson's appointment comes from the Bureau of Mines, Depart ment of the Interior, and In accord ance with the law passed on October 18, empowers him to -exercise sole authority In the matter of Issuing li censes to firms and Individuals whose business includes the handling of ex plosives. With the application for their li censes, firms must tell how much of each kind of explosive they have, what they use It for, where it is kept. etc., and must swear to these facts before a notary. A fee of 25 cents la charged for the license. . Included among the firms In this etty which must have licenses are the photographers who use flash-light powder; blasting firms, the Union Metallic Cartridge Co.. and the lika The Burns Company, contractors, selling explosives, is the one firm of its kind here to require a license. Up to the present about 10 licenses have been Issued in Bridgeport, and it is estimated that about IB more will need them. William Havlland, clerk of the Superior Court, was first appointed License Agent in this city, but when Chief Johnson was appoint ed, he turned his duties over. BEING TRIED IN CRIMINAL COURT SUED If CIVIL Being tried in the Criminal Super. tor Court and sued for damages of $5,000 in the civil court Is the unique experience today of John Carrara of Danbury. accused of assault with in tent to murder Angrelo Charles Se toro also of Danbury, October 26 last. In the criminal court the case against Carrara was called shortly before the noon recess, and the Jury was called for its first work of the December term. The accusation against Carrara, a fruit dealer of Danbury, is that on the evening of October ,26 last he came up behind Setoro, driver of the bus for the Hotel Green, while the latter was bending over his engine, and placing a shotgun near his head, fired it. He . did not -kill Setoro, but the shot with which the gun was loaded, penetrated his face, kntcked out ten teeth, destroyed the sight of his. left eye, and inflicted other injur ies. Setoro has filed suit in the Civil Superior Court for damages of $5,000, setting out the claims of injuries as above. The trial In the criminal court was more to establish the degree of guilt, the main facts in the case not being contested. Carfera is alleged to have said that Setoro owed him money which he could not collect, and that was why he shot him. ' FOUR KILLED . Rochester, N. T., Dec. Four men were killed and two were seriously injured last night when Erie train 58, bound for New York, ran into a freight train in Susquehanna. Pa. The dead and injured were all trainmen. BRIDGEPORT, ttEAT BATTLE QN'rMlf , STILL R AIR RAIDERS (WAR BULLETIN) London, Dec. 6 About 25 aeroplanes raided Eng land today, it is announced officially. Of these, six reached London. , Two of the raiders were brought down, the crew of three men on each machine being captured. Bombs dropped by the raiders caused a number of fires in London but all of them were quickly brought under control. The casualties are believed te.be light. Italian Army Headquarters in Northern Italy, Wednes day, Dec. 5--The furious enemy attack on the Asiago pla teau hay bean repulsed with he avy losses-except at the north eastern sector around Monte Tondaerecar, where after a des perate struggle, which lasted until this morning, the enemy succeeded in occupying some of the advanced Italian lines which were retired to more secure positions. The fighting has been extremely heavy, with masses of infantry engaged in hand to hand combat. The first attack on the Italian left was met and repulsed by the 22nd Corps, with large enemy casualties. Many prisoners were taken. The main attack on the Italian right was contested 36 hours by other corps, which inflicted heavy losses before yielding ground. - The enemy assaults began with intense artillery prepara tion, followed by liquid gas and waves, of infantry. The fight ing continued leaving the final outcome still open. CONDITIONAL EXEMPTIONS FROM DRAFT GRANTED FOR LOCAL MEN EXPIRE DEC. 16 George L. Warren, . secretary of the Charities Orgaiftzajtion society, (who was given a conditional discharge three months ago, will be among Bridgeport's IS per cent, contingent to leave within a few weeks. The Third District Appellate board an nounced today that Warren's condi tional discharge would expire on De cember 16. Others who had similar discharges and who will m all prob abilities be included in the 15 per cent, contingent are: Thomas D. Ashley, Carl Gr. Anderson, Earl S. Fenelon, Hiram Gk Thorp, William B. Tugas, David Lemmont, Antonio M, Lom- SUPERIOR COURT DISPOSES CASES OF DELINQUENTS Believing that the boy Is more un fortunate than vicious Judge Greene in the superior court suspended a Jail sentence of one year Imposed on Fred erick Sauners of Norwalk, 16 years, who pleaded guilty to a burglary In Westport. He was placed In care of the Norwalk probation officer, and will be allowed to live with his aunt. Both of the boy's parents are dead, and he drifted in with evil compan ions. The burglary was in a cloth ing store in Westport, and about $80 worth of clothes were taken. William Sullivan of Danbury was sentenced to five months in Jail for theft of a robe. He was charged un der the habitual criminal act, having been convicted of other petty thefts during the year, but the prosecutor believed he is more unfortunate than criminal, as all of his acts have been petty, and in large measure due to drink. One year in Jail, suspended, and placed under probation, was the sen tence imposed- upon Russell Hummer, charged with taking an automobile without leave. ' CONN., THURSDAY, DEC. AULS AGING CAPTURED fbardl, Henry A. Hafliman, John Fifcs inatrlck. Daniel Cashln. E. J. F." Mc- Namara, Stanley Gfrzylala, P. J. Var rilly, William J. McCarthy, Tony Al fano. Maxwell L. Mann, Michael Gil lespie, John Pinner, William C. Pe ters, Raymond L. Morris, Jolen G. tMackle and Lewis Wi Fuller. The board also denied the depend ency appeals of the following': 'Harry F. Carr, Morris Hodosh, Isador Sil verman, Charles Loskowltz, Arthur Van Etten, Francis P. Lawler and Willis S. Gorham. These industrial claims were denied: Henry P. Ster ling, Patrick Coleman anil Adam Kzislesky. LOCAL LABORERS GOING TO FRANCE TO WORK ON CAMP Bridgeport is to be well represent ed In France in the building of - the camps for the American soldiers, five employes of the Stewart Construction Co. of this city having applied for passports to go across to work on a big contract awarded the company by the United States government. The Stewart Co.has a contract for construction of permanent camps for the soldiers from America involving about $5,000,000, and many of their workmen from Bridgeport wish to go with them. Those who have applied for passports are Richard Henry Flanagan, of Bridgeport, John A. Flanagan of Fairfield, George Smith of Pierpont street, Robert Henry Payne of Danbury, and Charles P. Rhodes of Harborview avenue. Others who have applied for pass ports are Percy F. Orr of New Canaan, who wishes to visit Morocco,' and Mrs. Rose Burrlll of Fairfield, who wishes to go to Jamaica. General Kaledines, the Cossack leader, is reported marching on Mos cow with 100,000 men. 6, 1917 Herd Coal Shortage increases No Shipments Received! For Week Siemon Goes to Hartford to Confer With State Coal Administrator Shortage Acute. The Bridgeport coal situa tion has taken on a renewed famine aspect and the bins of the retail dealers are again practically empty. Records of the office of Harbormaster William. A. Lamond show that not a pound of hard-coal has entered the harbor this week and as far as is known no ship ments have been receiveU by rail. The . seriousness of the situation moved Carl F.r Sie mon, -chairman of the Bridge port Fuel Committee, to Hart ford this morning, where, it is reported, he went into consul tation with State Fuel Admin istrator Russell. The fuel card system which was re lied upon to relieve the domestic sit uation was successful as far as it went, but it is reported only 100 families were accommodated and these were given only one-half a ton each. Per sons continued to besiege the office at Room 19, Strattleld building, today, but Secretary Murray Caldwell was unable to refer the applicants to deal ers, because they have no coal to distribute. . ' When asked for a - statement re garding the situation the secrear? said, "I have no authority to give out any information. All information for the public will be given by Mr. Siemon. But if you observe anything around here that is news, I suppose you are at liberty to use it." As Siemon is in Hartford there Is no means of getting an official version of the situation until he returns. It is authentically learned that there are hundreds of -families in Bridigeport and Stratford, who are absolutely without fuel. This is at tested, by the numerous requests for coal at the committee s office. No Dissenting Votes On War Resolutions Washington, Dec. 6 With a formal report from the for eign affair committee the reso lution to declare war on Aus tria-Hungary was brought into the House to representatives today. There were no dissenting votes in the committee and at the request of Chairman Flood the House gave its unanimous consent to take up the resolu tion tomorrow at the beginning of the session and pass it be fore tomorrow night. Washington, Dec. 6 The House foreign affair commit tee's report on the war resolu tion declares the United States probably soon will sertd troops to Italy. The sale of sugar direct to buyerr may be ordered by the government, HALIFAX SWEPT BY FLAMES WHEN All AMERICAN VESSEL BLOWS UP; ALL FOOD SUPPLIES DESTROYED AND STARVATION THREATENS CITY; BUILDINGS ARE RAZED AND HUNDREDS MEET DEATH (BULLETIN.) ' TRURO, N. 0, DEC. 6 ADVICES FROM HALIFAX EARLY THIS AFTERNOON GAVE THE NUMBER OF DEAD FROM THE MUNITION : SHIP EXPLOSION AT 300. . Halifax, Dec. 6 Hundreds of persons were killed and 1,000 others injured and half ruins as a result of an explosion on a munition ship in the harbor today. It is estimated that the millions. The north end of It is said positively here ports in the harbor when the explosion occurred. Nothing as to the fate of these was obtainable. Neither is it known whether the transports were filled with troops or occupied only by their crews. ' ' The whole northern section of the city is a mass of wreckage and fires have broken out in a dozen parts' of the city, according to reports received shortly after noon. The area of destruction covers several miles. " The Canadian government depot used by the Canadian Pacific railroad is described as having entirely collapsed, while a big government repair plant in Willow Park, in the north: western section of the city, is wrecked. The last word received regarding the explosion said the military had taken charge of the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Co. and had ordered all the telegraph operators out of the building. . . The vessels collided soon after 8:30 this morning and it is presumed that the munition ship was hit in the stoke hold. Instantly flames were seen to pour from her. The crew appeared to' be making an effort to get the fire fight ing apparatus to work when the explosion occurred. According to reports the explosion occurred after the collision of an American ammunition ship and another ves sel at Rockingham. The explosion was so terrific that it de stroyed the installation in the telegraph and telephone offices for 30 miles around Halifax, while it was heard at Truro, 61 . miles distant. (Continued on page 9) BRIDGEPORT PEOPLE FEAR RELATIVES MAY HAVE BEEN FATALLY HURT AT HALIFAX Fear that relatives and friends may have been among the hundreds killed land injured drove scores of Bridge port people into a near-panic, this j morning, when news of the terrible disaster at Halifax was received here. Many local families, among them that of IX J. Stokes, of 1,166 Park avenue, have close connections in the stricken city, and members hastened to telegraph offices and other sources of information, immediately after learning of what had happened, to as certain, if possible, whether their peo ple were safe. Many became almost frantic when they found that all means of communication with Hali fax had been cut off. and that they would have to wait until these lines were re-established before they could get any news. Grave anxiety is feit here for the safety of Bridgeport soldiers who are believed to have been on their way to France, via Halifax, and who may have been in that city n the ca tastrophe fell, today. Many local young men have enlisted fer service In the Polish Army In France, through the recruiting offices here, and have bean sent to Canada PRICE TWO of the city of Halifax-is in . property loss will run into the the citv is in flames. that there were several trans :for training. Two battalions have al ready left the training camp at Ni agara and their safe arrival in France hns 4)fen rotwirtojl Vi . .1 , wub vauoc uisu left three weeks ago, " it is believed that another detachment was o its way at the time of the explosion. Men from this city have also en tered the Canadian service, and many are thought to have been stationed at Halifax, some on special assignment and others awating departure for Europe. Most of the Connecticut troops that have already crossed the Atlantic went by way of the Canadian port The recent visit of the famous 'Black Watch resulted in several en listments in .the Canadian army, and it Is likely 'that these recruits may have been in' Halifax. D. J. Stokes, of 1,166 Park avenue, has several brothers living In Hall fax, all of whom are believed to hav resided' in the section within a mile ra'dlua of the railroad station, and for 'whom much anxiety Is expressed. One brother. William Stokea, is in the 'liv ery business in that city, and we'l iknown.' Mrs.' PatrlofikKilfoy Is a sis ter of Mr. etokes, and two other sis ters, one of whom is married to a physician, lire In that city.