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THE FARMER: DECEMBER 8, 1917
BRIDGEPORT EVENINGFARMER v;. v " (FOUNDED HBO.) lubllahed by Tbe Farmer 1'uUii.slilng Co., 17 Fairfield Ave., EMgeport, Conn. 1ILY . . 50c month, $9.00 per year WEEKLY. . $1.00 per Tear In advance PHOXE BUSINESS , .OBTICB , fiwum 1308 PHONE EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Barnnn 1234 , FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES v' Bryant, GrllTlUi A Branson, N ew York, Boston and Chicago MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for republication sf B41 news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper RJid also the local news published herein. x '.mat SATURDAY, DEO. 8, 117. THE DISASTER AT HALIFAX i liE DISASTER at Halifax, vast as a cataclysm of nature, y . brings to the mind of man a melancholy satisfaction. - The forces which laid this beautiful Canadian city in the dust, wer not of Btorm, or quake, or tidal wave, but were summoned I by the mind of man from the elements of the universe. Trinitrotoluol is. one of thosfe chemical compounds, in which ; modern chemistry is so fertile, based upon the fugitive nature o nitrogen. Nitrogen, most useful to mankind as the diluting I element of the air, combines reluctantly with other elements, i and releases from them eagerly. The disaster is not without i ils lesson, and its possibilities, bearing on the war. The bombardment o cities from the air may at sometime in j the not distant future be an attempt to drop the greatest pos ! r ile mass of explosive in one charge, rather than an equal j riantity of several charges. It is within the lifting power of : i.odern air carriers, to take aloft several tons of dead weight. , Four hundred tons of trinitrotoluol were necessary to ere eta the Halifax disaster. But the explosive was in a measure isolated by its position in the harbor. Three or four tons ex i f lading in the heart of a modern city would do incalculable ' c image. In the meantime, while all America rushes relief to the ! i sicken people of Halifax, other men in all the countries of the : world, are figuring at tbe desk of cold science how the greatest i " jssiMe quantities of trinitrotoluol can be exploded in the : I2si of great cities in the briefest spaoe 6t time, . THE FUSION CAMPAIGN FUND He " ff JL SWANN, district attorney for New York city, is sure -a. ' that the great campaign fund disclosed after the de- f s.t of Mayor Mitchel, did not reveal all the expenditures. I lieves that at least $500,000 is unaccounted for. In New York the statutes for the prevention of corrupt prac tices in elections seem to be as little heeded as they are in Con necticut. ,; Presently there must be action to stop the lavish expendi ture of cash to carry elections. Voters should come to the polls by their own conveyances, ? stay at home.. This would do away with the automobile Lrihe. The employment of hordes of workers about the polling j laces is another expensive method of acquiring votes by in- ; cocuon. v Sooner or later it will be necessary to stop the eexcessive use of money. The sooner, the better. WAR ON AUSTRIA-HUNGARY ENDORSEMENT OF LLOYD GEORGE'S RECOMMENDATION Do . not lose sight of Lloyd George's recommendation for unity of command in naval operations," says a ; statement Issued by the Navy League. I Unified naval command, properly ; constituted and with adequate author- ity for ths direction of all naval op erations, should ensure the utmost initiative In the conduct of the war hy the Allied sea forces. It should guaranty ti.t every advanta? e is ag gressively pressed. It Is a constant duty of public opinion to seek Increased initiative In , military and naval strategy throughout the war; never to be con tent with what has been don as long as it is humanly possible to do more. Such an exacting attitude on the part of the public will do good, not harm. But public opinion should never seek to dictate or influence strategy. The formulation of war plans should be left to experts. The proper func tion of public opinion Is Ho seek the utmost accomplishment from the Navy by pressing for a command properly constituted, of the most able men available, and with a centralized control exercised by the ablest naval officers over all the fighting functions of the Navy. "There is no such centralized, ex pert comcand of the fighting functions of the American Navy today. Th British Navy is but just now achiev ing that advantage after months of agitation by the British public. Brit lsh naval opinion, as well as public opinion, is convinced that the Navy's fighting power is vastly increased thereby. 'Lloyd George has appealed to pub lic opinion in every Entente country to secure a better command of the Allied armjes. He has shown the im portance c$ that. It is quite as im-portant-for a Navy as for ah Army. "Unquestionably every American warship on active duty in the war zone today is doing splendid work. The capacity for command of Vice Admiral Sims could scarcely be over rated. But much less than five per cent, of our war ships are In the war zone. Whether the entire naval es tablishment is doing all that Is hu manly possible to ' win this war, whether it is . being driven at top speed with utmost efficiency as a fighting machine, is another- ques tion. "The public can feel certain of this only when it can repose complete con fidence in the command of its entire naval establishment as being consti tuted of the most able and efficient men available and the system of com mand as being the best obtainable. Until then there is a definite, construc tive task to be performed by public to naval operations in the war. The suggestion of Mr. Lloyd George of a unified naval command may afford an opportunity at once to improve the command and offensive power of all the Etatente sea forces and to re construct the command of the Ameri can naval establishment so as to strengthen its "punch" and efficiency fighting machine. HE DECLARATION of. a state of war with Austria-Hun 1 gary is a necessity of the conditions. There are a mil : Il.a or more persons in this country who are citizens of the c spire.-. They are enemy aliens in law. but not in fact. In fact the great mass of Austrians are very well disposed toward the United States. They are recently immigrants. They raft the father land for reasons more immediate, than was the esse with alien enemies from Germany. The great German immigration was in 1848. Germans ha forgotten the wrongs they suffered from the Fatherland, and remembered only the brighter side of German life. But the : lij acts of Austria-Hungary have the recollection of recent and v eil remembered wrongs. This is especially true of subject I copies, like the Slovaks,' who are not only not loyal in spirit tj the Austrian government, but who feel an intense loyalty to America. Bolan of Fairfield Is Champion Shot At Camp Devens (Special to The Farmer.) Camp Devens, Ayer, Mass., Dec. 8 At target practice hero yester day In which 1,800 men took part, Jack Bolan of Falrfleld, a cook In Co. F, 304th Regiment, was the only man to acquire a perfect score. The next highest score was by Private Talcot of Watorbnry. Bolan using the new Lee-Enfleld rifle, out of 50 targets hit the mark as many tunes. The eeorra of other men from Bridgeport and. Falrfleld were far above the average and the officers of the regiment stated that they. were highly pleased. , CLAIMS HIS WIFE HAS DESERTED HIM Desertion since May 23, 1913, is alleged in' the petition for divorce filed in the Superior Court by Samuel Ash croft of Stamford against Edith Ash- croft of the same place. They were married Dec. 12, 1906. and have two children.' Olive, 10 years old, and I Robert, 8 years The father claims divorce and custody of the children. as a HOSPITAL AT CAMP DEVENS QUARANTINED The 304th Field Hospital Company which contains aboirt 30 Hartford men and 40 from surrounding towns was put under quarantine yesterday I morning for a period that may vary from 14 to 21 days. Camilllo AudlS sio of South Manchester .contracted measles a few days ago and has been taken to the base hospital. REAL RUSSIA HAS WORKED SILENTLY London, Dec 8.5n reiterating his former statement that regenerative processes are going on in Russia, the Petrpgrad correspondent of the Morn ing Post says: "The real Russia is silently and steadily working- for reconstruction and the inevitable return to common sense, which we may nope is near ai hand." He adds that the bolsehevfld now are challenged iDy an orga.masuun calling itself the Union of Anaxchist- Synidactists. ' BOSTON TO HOLD RELIEF MEETING BOLSHEVIKI AUTHORITY 'rrEWa FROM -Russia continues to show the. Bolsheviki M gaining in authority. Dukhonin, who was murdered by partisans of the revolution, feared to resist the Bolsheviki demand for his resignation, because he was afraid that his sol diers would not support him. , Bolsheviki forces are apparently about to take control of Siberia, The Lenine government can stand as long as it has fie support of the soldiers. The support of the soldiers is prob dbly predicated upon the support of the Council of Workmen's and Soldiers' delegates. THE ROUMANIAN ARMISTICE JUDGE WALSH DIES AT HOME IN GREENWICH ' Greenwich, Dec. 8 Robert Jay Walsh, widely known in legal, po litical, legislative and corporation circles, and a former secretary of the state, died at his home here late yes terday after a long Illness. He was born in Lewisboro, N. T., and was 63 years old. He came here when a young man. He was a Republican and led the party in Fairfield county for several years. Mr. Walsh was sent to the state senate in 1884 from this district, and was returned there in 1886. In 1887 he was the Republican leader in the senate and tu chairman of the Ju diciary committee. He began a fotur years' term as state secretary in 1889 and from that time to his death was factor in all Republican state poll- tics. ' Mr. Walsh organized the first trol ley company to operate In Greenwich and also organized a gas and electrit corporation that eventually becam the Connecticut Light & Power Co. He was president of the Greenwich Water Co. and was one of the organ' Izers of the Greenwich Trust Co. He held offices in several organizations in Greenwich and Portchester. He was the first judge of the court of Common Pleas in Falrfleld county. Mr. Walsh leaves his -wife, two daughters and one brother. Judge John J. Walsh, the last named of South Norwalk. 'Boston. Dec. 8. A mass meeting to consider further plans for the relief of Halifax, with Gov. MtoCall presid ing, was held In Faneull hall tomay. In addition to the two trains which already have left here with doctors, nurses and supplies, as many more relief workers will be sent as are thought to be needed. Arrangements are being made for the shipment of large quantities of blankets, clothing and other articles. tTiatb xrill be no Joint meeting of the National and American leagues in Chicago, December 13, between club owners. Second Lieutenant Brown, 333th Field artillery, Camp Dige, Iowa, was found intoxicated and dismissed irom the servica., Eighteen deaths were reported from the ' base hospital at Camp Bowie. Texas. The deaths occurred from pneumonia or measles. i HE ROUMANIAN armistice may or may not reflect the true spirit of the Roumanian armies. The Roumanians are holding difficult portions of the Russian front, in proximity t5 Russian troops. They could not hold alone. The action of Russia la virtually compulsory upon the Roumanians. Stand ing alone the Roumanians would invite extinction. COMMISSIONERS ' ISSUE PERMITS Seven traildinr permits, aggregating flS.SSS, were lamed at a meeting ol tlie Board of Building Commissioners last nicht. They Include: Charts Shogren, cottage, corner of ; a.view and Seabrlght arenue; Mary r.rmcy, two-family house, south side of Orland street; The Locke-Steel Belt Co., brink garage, west side of Freeman treat; W. Blachter, private parage, north side of Linen avenue; Jane Corhett, shed, JSC Sterling street; Joseph J, Musante, cottage, couth aide of Edna street; Harry Boln t Jna, paint shop and warehouse, east s 3s of Madison avenue. It eheotd be evident by this time to -Tone, that the Germans pertina 'y refuse to be intimidated by i g things we say we are going dj in the papers. We have rot to over a few of them. And we can DANIELS OFFERS SUPPLIES TO AID HALIFAX VICTIMS Washington. Dec. 8. Secretary Dan 1a1 K4WAUJ LI wuo.y uupreu tag ircea sroaa a quantity of supplies in Portsmouth ior reuet in Halifax. Two shins un. der the direction of the navy already are in Halifax Going what they can 10 relieve the situation,, and another has been sent from Provlncetown Mass., with a hospital unit to co-op erate wun tne relief corps. The sup piles in iPoTthmouth lnclu&e 25,004 DlanKets and 600 stoves. No furthai reports of condldtions in Halifax had been received today Iby the navy d. partment. British troops are waiting for what they expect tobe the biggest German assault of the war. CHRISTMAS CHEER How Can you Una a more appropriate gift for the small child, girl or boy, than a pair of our warm 4 buckle Arctics. $1.85 to $3.00 pr. DBBERS SPECIAL TRAIN OF PHYSICIANS Providence, Dec. 8. A special train bearing 87 physicians and 60 nurses and a carload of surgical supplies left here today for Halifax. The unit was made up entirely of volunteers and was sent by the (Providence chapter of the American Red Cross. We can supply the wants of the small mem bers of the family. 60c to 90c pr. THE ALLING RUBBER GO. 1126 MAIN ST. F0RDR FAIRFIELD AVE. VARIETY STORE CO-OPERATIVE011 FARE for customers PROFIT SHARING WITH EMPLOYES i a ifmifrfrTT MITH BROAD ST. Senator Shafroth, of Colorado, in' troduced a nation-wide prohibition 1! COUPON GOOD MONDAY, DEC. 10 Our $1.50 v Big White BEDSPREADS With Coupon Monday $1.29 Here is big value in a first quality White Spread. Full size and heavy. Regular stock of Quilts $1.00 to $5.00. Car fare if you carry your package. 0e 0 BstaUiihti 1&57 r 1 Gather Linens while you may Linens may not grow next season but jbhere is a large garden of them now Hemstitched Luncheon Cloths, all linen. 36 inches square, $1.75, $2.25, $2.50 to $3.50 45 inches $2.50, $3.00, $3.50 to $5.00 64 inches $3.50, $4.00, $4.50 to $0.00 Luncheon Napkins, a large assortment to choose from in plain linen or with embroidered corners and pattern damasks. ' $4.00, $4.50, $5.00 up to $10.00 a dozen Pattern Table Cloths of heavy linen dam ask with borders all around. 2 x 3 yards, $3.50, $4.35, $5.50, $7.50 to $10.00 2 x 2 yards, $4.50, $5.50, $6.75, $9.50 to $15.00 Napkins to match. . Medium size, $4.00, $5.00, $6.00v$6.50 to $12.50 a doz. Dinner size, $5.00, $0.00, $6.75, $8.00 to $15.00 a doz. Scone Napkins of pure linen, hemstitched, with daintily embroidered corners. Just the thing to ituck hot scones in at tea time. - , 79 cts each, $9.00 a dozen 3 QlJ Have the Candles Ready Bayberry Candles put up in boxes wrfli appropriate Christmas greet ings. One large candle in box, 35 cts Two small candles in box, 25 cts Two candles in box with spray of bayberries attached, 40 cts Box containing three candles and candle stick, 75 cts "Busy Bee" Candlestwo in box,5 cts Venetian Candles, assorted colors with gold or silver decorations,two in a box, 85 cts Mission Candles with Dresden deco rations, two in box, $1.00 Chinese designs, black or white, tiwo in box, 65 cts White with holly decorations, two in box, 55 cts Dresden and black decorations, extra long, two in box, $1.45 Candles in bluebird and butterfly de signs, two in a box,40, 60 and 65 cts Basement. Xne Gift Unusual A Nut Bowl of antique copper, hand wrought in classic designs, $12.00 Flower Bowl of antique copper. This may be used for many things as it is a good size and shape, $2.50 Copper Candle Stick, saucer shape with handle at the side, very artistic, $2.00 Swagger Stick, silyer or ivory tipped " $1.00 and $2.00 A Lacquered Tray showing a Japanese woman in a dark mantle carrying a red umbrella walking underneath drooping wistaria blossoms, ..$3.50 A Thermos Set ior the bedroom, bot tle, tumbler and tray, in mahogany or oak finishes, colored enamel in white, pink, blue and rose, $8.50 Chinese Embroidered Square to make a lamp mat or a hundred other things in which choice embroideries are used. $1.00 and $1.25 Sheaths for Knitting Needles 10 and 25 cts. Silver Tipped Knitting Needles, 50 cts. up Crochet Forks for making hair pin lace, . 15 cts. Colored Rings, round and oval for bag handles, 15 cts. up Huck and Turkish Towels Huck Towels, hemstitched with dam- - ask borders, 39, 50, 69 and 85 cts each Huck Towels, hemstitched, all pure . linen, very attractive, 69 cts, $1.00, 1-25 to $1.75 each Huck Towels, guest size, pure jinen hemstitched, 50, 59 and 75 cts each Turkish N Towels, soft and velvety, borders in pink, blue, gold and lavender, . 35, 50, 59, 75 cts, $1.00 and $1.25 ea. Turkish Guest Towels and Pace Cloths with borders to match large towels. Third floor. House Furnishings of sensible character The articles here listed would make appropriate gifts for any cook or housekeeper and sure to be appreciated. Cake Mixers Food Choppers Fancy Bathroom Fixtures Carafes Percolators Bread Makers Aluminum Cook ing Utensils, Thermos Bottles Electrical Appliances Quick heat in short time Percolators,Coffee Machines, Chafing Dishes, Toasters, Babies' Food Warmers and Electric Irons Basement. The Read Shoe Shop Has a complete stock of Shoes for children, from baby 's firsit pair to size 8 for big girls. A School Shoe, specially made in gunmetal calf, heavy soles, button model. Sizes 8 to 11 $2.75 11 1-2 to 2, $3.25 2 1-2 to 7, $4.00 For Boys. A gunmetal calf, lace model with hand welted soles. Sizes 10 to 13 1-2, $3.50 1 to 2, $4.00 2 1-2 to 6, $4.50 The Ever Welcome Slipper Kid, Brocaded, Felt and Knitted styles 85 cts to $4.00 a pair Second floor. bill in the Senate.