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1 1 ft vem Mir mm r UuULs Bridgeport er VOL. 5&-N0. 293 ilDIOIltS IfElussia dismissed Hcfcsal of Ambassadors to Denounce Kerensky Government is the Cause .BolsheviM Disperses Senate. Ptrogrd, Monday, Do. 10- Leon Trotzky, the Bolshevik foreign minister, has issued a decree dismissing all Russian ambassadors and their, staffs because they ignored the Bol shevik demand that they de nounce the Kerensky govern- ' ."We have declared them de prived of all further rights and pension, " Trotzky said. - Shav BeMherlkl have dispersed the sen, the highest Russian oourt, end H the other oourt of Petrograd la lumping with the recent deoree of tbe people's esmrnlaearies substitut ing eW revolfctlooary tribusals. The only opposition met was at the con tiimaa o county Judges, who refused te fee aiapsneol. They war arrested by soldlera. Tha sofdtsna, peasants and work men in eaeh district, aeoordiag la tha nreetemsatteov name a permanent nnstriimt of the court and atx jurors, the letter serving only ona week. They Kara full power to impose fines, Imprisonment and banishment. Each Jure can oaose an arrest in an emer cwsr, toot the entire eowt must ap prove )atev. Any member ean causa a prisoner to be released. The Pet rogcad advocates congress baa da aided to tenors the law. Aimimiimiiisa', was made : today that revolutionary courts would ba eetaMlshed throughout the country on, fjm, t to assist in carrying on trie stnagsle of -the Bolshevig govern ment against counter revolution and to stop brigandage, sabotage and SBerahvtieQ. Members of tbe court wilt be sevolationaries ehesen by local eoanelta of soldiers' and workmen' delegates, - - ' According to the announcement the oourts will have free eholce of means of dealing with those who dis obey the orders of the revolutionary .leaders, '. FURTHER RAISE IN FARE LIKELY, ADMITS STORRS Despite the fact that the public utilities commission of the state is ', trying to decide whether or not the Connecticut Co. is Justified in charg ing' a six cent fare President Storrs of the company stated at the hearing yesterday that no doubt the company - officials would soon file a petition re I Questing the privilege of a greater in crease, Tha added increase would be. effec tive OB ail. lines' In the state, 'includ - ins this city. President Btorrs point ed sut that the increase from five to - six seats was not as suooessf ul as had been anticipated and that the com pany was not deriving the revenue it had hoped for. , Some ef the reasons for the increase from five to six cents given by the " company officials were the increased cost ef commodities necessary to op ; oration and the fact that the trolley men had demanded a nine hour day. COSTLY TO DRIVE AUTO WHILE DRUNK Has ef to6 and costs was imposed upon George A. BdwaPds, a Stepney farmer, by Police Court Judge F. I Barflett, today, when the accused was found guilty, of operating an automo bile en North avenue, this city, while under the influence ef liquor, Ed -wards lost control of his car, and It collided with a truck, but caused little) T-.fr.i. - v ' ' 300 FOUND BLIND; 200 CHILDREN ARE BEREFT OF PARENTS Halifax, Dec 12 A revised es timate today of the explosion cas nnl'tkn reduces the death list to approximately 1,800. The known dead total 800 and It Is believed that not more than 1.000. bodie and perhaps only 900 still lie nmdei the debris of shattered and burned btdldmgs. Tbe hot of victims Is steadily be coming smaller as relatives are re united and refugees who left the city return. From 800 po 500 persons are to tally or partly blind and 200 chil dren have each lost both parents, It to estimated that 500 houses are wrecked beyond repair, that 600 others were totally destroyed. FIFTY TOMS OF SUGAR ARRIVED IN CITY TODAY Arrival of 100,000 pounds of sugar lruthis city,, today, gave promise of Instant relief to hundreds of local families-that have. gone-wlthout sweeten- I tag for their food the past several! weeks. "'' I The shipment came by boat from New Tork, and was consigned to sev eral local wholesale houses. There were in all 1.000 bags, containing 100 pounds each, and when the cargo was discharged at the docks the sight of saeh a large quantity of a substance so soarce almost caused m panic. Borne of the wholesalers, expecting large shipments for themselves, thought that 'the consignment today was theirs, and the fortunate ones who received the supply had a lively time trying to prove their claims to It, Other firms which actually did get part of the shipment were backward about 'admitting it, this noon, fearing that if It became known that they had received a big consignment, there would be, a rush that they would be unaxne.to eope with. The arrival of the 160,000 pound shipment "is regarded as only a fore runner, new. of other larse Quantities expected to reach here at any time. It is believed that regular supplies will be available within a short while. FINED $500 FOR KILLING MAN IN SALOON QUARREL x - , ' - . - v Leopold Fiehtl, of Barnum avenue. who caused the death of Balenfv Jan- aowsicy in an Jfiast Side saloon October 20 last, was fined $500 and costs in tne criminal Superior court, today, wnere ne pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter. Juds-a flard weene, in passing sentence, said there were circumstances in the case which convinced him it would not conduee to the public welfare to lock the accused up. Flchtl with his brother-in-law, Cas par Schick, went into the saloon on the evening of October 20, Without provocation, Tony Tomasowies attack ed, them both with a club whieh he seifced from behind the bar, knocking ouuiuK unconscious ana lnructlng a severe scalp wound on Pichtl, Fientl ran from the saloon, blood flowing freely, into a restaurant near by, for the" purpose of washing up. He saw a knife which he' picked up, and and returned to. the saloon. Jankow- elrv wa a 1 ao nino- a ere inert- e-ti a W j knife in his hand he picked up a beer glass. Fichtl, according to the state- ment made to the court. suoBesad .T kowsky was the man who attacked, and was about to threw the glass, and running up plunged the knife into his neck. Jankowsky expired before he could be rushed to the hospital. CHANCELLOR ASKS FOR CREDIT VOTE London, Dec, 12 Andrew Benar Law, chancellor of the exchequer, in troducing a vote of credit in the House of Commons today, said he es timated that the present vets would carry the expenditure to the end of March, 1918. He declared that the average daily expenditure in the last 63 days was 6,794,060 pounds and for the period since the end of the last financial year, 6,686,060 pounds. ' Connecticut: Probably snow tonight and Thursday, with rising tempera tore, fresh northeast wasda, BRIDGEPORT, deSSpSt1 SSL BOMBARD CITY Wffi., Wilmington, DeL, Dee. 12 A terrific bombardment, shortly before 8 o'clock this morning, with shells such as are used in the war zone of Europe flying in every direction, aroused Newcastle and the immediate vicinity, as' well as Wilmington and other distant places, and soon developed into a fire that had started in one of the most dangerous sec tions of the shell loading plant of the Bethlehem Steel Co., about a mile below Newcastle. The blaze, which is of unknown origin, incendiary, many believe, started in the shell loading house in which were stored 15,000 shells loaded with T. N. T., one of the most violent of all explosives, and 30,000 empty shells. The fire had scarcely started when the contents of the loaded shells began to fly in every direction. The building, which was a frame structure, about 100 by 150 feet, burned Like tinder, and as the flames reached the loaded shells the latter began to explode and occasionally one would be hurl ed out of the building. f .,,...;... One man. Theodore' Jacobs, of Har rlson, N. J., the chief of guards, was killed, his head being blown off by one -of the shells. - So far as could be learned no oth er person was hurt either in the fire or by the explosions, while several were slightly "injured In other- ways. Several-were hurt slightly while run- somebody else, but none of the cases, as far as is known, was serious. Ambulances were quickly summon ed from Wilmington, while physicians were also called from this city and Newcastle. Among the first local physicians to respond were Dr. V. M. Myers, secretary of the board of health: and Dr. Perkins, city physi BOLSHEVIKI TROOPS IN CLASH WITH COSSACKS DEFEATED London; Dec. 12 The fighting at Tamanovka, : according to a Reuter dispatch ' from Petrograd, appears to have been between detachments of anti-BolsheWkl shock battalions and local troops assisted by sailors, Red Guards, infantry and armored cars sent from Petrograd and troops from Kharkov, The RuBSko Slave of Pe trograd, says the fighting lasted all day and all night. It adds that it was very severe andthat there were OPEN INQUIRY INTO HALIFAX'S GREAT DISASTER Halifax, Dee, 11, A general funeral service for all the explosion victims is to be held on Friday. Some of the bodies will rest beside victims of the j Titanic and Burgoyne disasters, in CUI e many graves in Camp Hill ceietery that this burial ground will ' completely tilled ana win mare- after be elesed. The effraial inquiry into the disaster will begin late today, "Wofld was reeeived from Ottawa to day that the military service eouncil had suspended operations of the Can adian military draft in the Halifax district on account of the disaster. It was definitely established today that seven men were killed on board the Canadian erulser Niobe, used as a training ship, and that six others of the crew were killed in a small boat or on a pier, - Tha arrival today of the relief steamer Calvin Austin from Boston was made the occasion -of a flmon st ration at the pier. The vessel bring ing clothing, food and more impor tant still, glass and other materials greatly - needed, was welcomed by great crowds who cheered the ship, the eaptalB, the crew and her pre cious earge. Tha relief work Is developing along better ecgaalssd Bass daily. CONN., WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 1917 cian. The Newcastle physicians re sponded in force. Because of an accident on the trol ley line the current had been shut off, and about 500 per sons employed at the Bethlehem works had not reached the plant. The fire started at 7:55 a. m., five minutes before the time for beginning work. The mill where the fire originated had been temporarily closed down until Jan. 1. Other, parts of the plant were com paratively safe, but several small frame structures fell .a prey to the flames and bombardment. The loss is not known, but it est! mated that it may be close to J200.000, principally on machinery and the shells. AT iOHILEV a igreat number of casualties. Reports of fighting at Mohilev, Russian general headquarters, between troops newly arrived there and the Bolshevik! garrison were reeeived in Petrograd on- Monday, according ta the correspondent of the Times In the Russian capital. It is also re ported that shock battalions and Cos sacks advancing on JVlohilev clashed with the Bolshevlki, who were de feated. WORK FOR U. S. GOVERNMENT IS BEING HINDERED """"'"S P'uc 1 06- pleting the ranks of local machinists to the detriment of the production of "war munition fnr tha TTmterl Ht!tD ....... sovornment m local lactones, it Is reported today that Samuel Lavit, bus- iness agent tor the Machinists' n.i.n haaaHHiHt-rt t? m oheaimnn o 1 nf th HanthL, " iii , ' . . 75 machinists who will leave this city Bhortly to werk in the shops of the railroad company, Chealman stated this morning that he had been sent north by the com pany to secure the services of 100 machinists. Ho added that he was go ing to secure seme in this city and pressed for the exact number, said that he would take 75, Chealman spent some time this morning at Machinists' headquarters in conference, it is understood, with Lavit. During the past few weeks, it is understood, several hundred ma chinists have left this city through Lajvit's agency, Just how long this may go on, without absolutely crip pling the munition plants in the ser vice of the government, is not known. The recruiting office of the ord nance department of the government will, under no cireomstanoss, take a mechanio from the monition indus tries. ' iiuu mm General Crozier States We Can Produce Enough Artillery to Supply Our Army Labor Question. Washington, Dec. 12 In quiry by Congress into the gen eral conduct of the war was! begun today with investiga- j tion by the Senate military committee of the war depart ment's work in arming and. 6quipping the American forces. Maj. Qen. Crozier, chief of ordnance, said an obstacle in the early work was that the military policy defined in the national defense act of .1916 contemplated a force of one million men to be raised in Ave years. "It is apparent," he said, "that" the original program for 1,000,000 "men did not contemplate pur participation in the war. We compressed tha five year progrwan into one year when it immediately became apparent that the 1,000,000 program would not. do." . Preparation of estimates and actual appropriation by . congress, the gen-, eral said, caused further delay. Referring to the "cost plus 10 per cent." contracts, Qen. Crosier said tha system had "worked out fairly well." "Will the American army be able to supply Itself with sufficient artil lery V asked 'Senator Reed. "The indications are that we will be able, with the assistance of England and France," Oen. Crosier replied. "How long will it take to catch up on this side," asked Senator Reed. "We shall be fairly well caught up on the most Important things by next summer," said the general, That he has a plan prepared to sub mit to congress with Secretary Bak er's consent, to deal with, the muni tion labor question, was stated by Gen. Crozier, but he declines to re veal its scope. DISCHARGES OF TWO LOCAL MEN EXPIRE SUNDAY Two temporary discharges for five days duration, the shortest in the an. nals of the Third District Appellate Board, were issued at a meeting yes terday. They were granted to Henry C. Allen, machinist of the Billiard Machine Tool Co., and Patrick Cole man, cost clerk, American & British M 1 St- mua nrfll trr . I , cJ ..j v, will lllr.ll be Included in the contingent leaving the city on Tuesday. Leonard H. Rhynue, of board No, 1 1, was granted a discharge on new evldence in his dependency appeal. The dependency appeals of Michael Vitrello, John Maries and Homer Hammond were denied. The causes for granting conditional discharges no longer existing, deci sions in the following eases were re voked and the following men are made liable to service in the draft army: Beard 1, Frank W. Reed; board S, John W. Shallenberger; beard 4, James J, Leary and Frederiok Max White; beard 6, Howard G. Mann, board 6, Martin J. Haller, . . Decisions ef local boards, recon sidered at direction of the adjutant general, were affirmed in the follow ing cases: board 1, Thomas Wardrop, Joseph H, Riehl and Stephen Osinskli board 3, John J, Flanagan.7 KILLED BY TRALS, Old Saybrook, Deo. IS Thomas Chapman, an employe on state high way work, E5 years old, was out in two by a train west of Chanter's cross ing some time during the Bight. It is presumed that he was walking tha tracks on the way to his heme. He leaves a widow and three children, re siding in Plainfield. REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE TINKHAM OF BOSTON SENDS SHELL FROM A 149 MILLIMETRE GUN ON THE PIAVE FRONT CRASHING IN TO AUSTRIANTOCHES Italian Headquarters in Northern Italy, Tuesday,. Dec. 11 (By the Associated Press) The first American shot against Austria was fired by Representative Tinkham 'of Boston on the lower Piave when Tinkham pulled, a. string firing a large 149 millimetre gun, sending a shell hurtling across the Piave to the Austrian positions. JT . A huge cloud of black smoke marked the place where the shell burst. The Italian battery men gathered around the gun and raised a cheer as fired. - Representative Tinkham of the colonel in command near Dona di Piave. The shell was sent on its journey during a heavy artillery fire along the Piave and the northern front. . The bombardment was especially concentrated backy of Mount Grapha between the Piave and the Brenta rivers. This may be an indica tion of another drive on the Italian lines from that direc tion. . . Washington, Dec. 12 Congressman Tinkham, by fir ing' an Italian gun at the Austrian position, has taken on the status of a non-combatant attacking troops and, ac cording to the rules of warfare, has laid himself liable to execution by the Austrians should he by any chance fall into their hands. Under the laws of war a civilian may never engage in hostilities. The fact that war has been declared does not alter the situation. BATTLESHIP WIEN DESTROYED LONDON, DEC. 12 THE AUSTRIAN BAT TLESHIP WIEN WAS TORPEDOED AND SUNK SUNDAY NIGHT, ACCORDING TO A VIENNA OFFICIAL STATEMENT . RECEIVED IN AM STERDAM. . MOST . OF THE CREW WAS SAVED. THE BATTLESHIP WIEN DIS PLACED 5,512 TONS. LATE WAR COPENHAGEN; DEO. 12 THE SEMI-OFFICIAL GERMAN NEWS AGENCY SAYS DEMOBI LIZATION OF THE RUSSIAN FORCES AL READY HAS BEGUN AND THAT PEACE NEGO TIATIONS, BESTRICTED TO THE RUSSIAN FRONT, HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED. Hassy, Rumania, Monday, Deo. 10 Official announcement was made' today of the signing of an armistice In accord ance witn wnicn nosumies we yesterday until further notice. London, Dec. 12 There was great activity in the air on, Monday,' especially- ia the Gambrai region, according to thr offlcial statement on aerial p erations issued last night. Brit ish aeroplanes dropped bombs on many villages and the Ger mans bombed the British area. London, Dec. 12 A number of processions, in which ban ners upholding the constituent assembly were carried, con verged on the Tauride palace in Petrograd on Tuesday, ac cording to a Reuter dispatch. A series of extemporaneous meetings was held outside the palace. Paris, Deo. 12 German parties felt out the French lines at points 'northwest of Rheims last night, according to today's war office announcement. No activity of importance , else--where is reported, although there was artillery fighting of 6ome liveliness in the Verdun region, where also a German raid was attempted. 1 Berlin, Deo, 12, via ondon Aircraft losses by the En tente allies in' the month of November totalled 23 captive balloons and 205 aeroplanes, the German general staff an nounced today, The German losses, in aerial battles, the state ment adds, were 60 aeroplanes and two captive balloons. PRICE TWO CENTS the American' congressman ' ' fired the shot- by invitation BULLETINS. re suspended at 10 :30 p. , m.