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BRIDGEPOR T E VENING FA RMER
(FOUNDED 1790.) Published liy Tfce Fanner PuMishing Co., 179 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. DAILY . . 50c month, $8.00 per year II WEEKLX. . $1.00 per year. In advance PKOXE BUSINESS OFFICE Barnuin 1208 PHONE EDITORLAIi DEPARTMENT Barnum 1287 FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant, Griffith & Branson, N cw York, Boston and Chicago MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the use for republication of all news dispatches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper and also the local news published herein. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 1917. THE LESSONS IN THE CASE CHRI Tp HIRTEEN TIMES within a brief period came the negro ' 8- desperado, Baby Doll, into the precincts of the city courts. Thirteen times he escaped without any penalty being inflicted, that operated for his own good, or for the protection of the community. ' - It becomes a question in the, domain of morals to what ex tent the city court was an. accomplice ' before the fact in the disgraceful riot of Sunday morning, and in the murder that en sued. . . . ' ' - " - Baby Doll cOmes 'from a race that has had comparatively small chance in America. 1 Some of the members of that race are refined, honest, industrious, and intelligent as any white man. ; '. " Some of that race hark back to the jungles of Ethopia. Un der their modern garments ttiey re as savage as their ancient 'forbMrSt,: ,, .;: ' ' : ' " ' -"When such a man is haled into the white man's courts, pet- 'la,A hit UiaHooi. nnrl sprit hnflr in narvv nn his work of disruiltinsr society, how can it be supposed that he will become other than an Increasing menace to the social order. The community should count as morally accessory to the crimes of Baby Doll all those public officials who should have : taken action to prevent his misdeeds, and did not. Indeed Baby Doll was under no peculiar oath to behave hirasejf. But the city court was sworn to administer justice, i in the interest of the community, and the city court is operated by men, who have studied in the schools, that they may know ' what justice is. The mayor, charged with the execution of the laws, had a duty to see that the negro kingdom of Baby Doll should never come into existence. ' The county commissioners had a duty to see that such a man had no license from them, to handle through the agency of a so called club, such a commodity as liquor- which needs to be in the best of hands to be' safe as an article of merchandise The fact is that Baby Doll was petted and supported by the rulers of Bridgeport. No wonder this half savage man thought he could do as he pleased. What is the matter? Are the men who run the city court bad men? No, they are rather above the average of mankind. Are the county commissioners bad men? No, they also are rather above the average of mankind. The same is true of the . mayor, and of the boss who stands behind the mayor and of the chairman of the Republican town committee, to whom Baby Doll, in his hour of peril, called as to a source of sure relief, , The difficulty is in the system. All these men together, with many others, have built up a system of operating govern . ment for the mutual benefit of those who control the govern merit. ' All these selfish attempts to make a little unfairly on the side, are but so many sticks in the great bundle of evil, in which lay the institution operated by Baby Doll; and many similar in stitutions. . It is not a very wicked thing to eat a little too much, or drink a little too much. But those are habits that grow on a man, and presently the habits overcome the man and he dies of Bright's : or some like disease, an untimely death. It is not so terribly bad to let Warrenite without bidding, - It is not a hanging offense for somebody to receive a commis sion on the contracts so let Running a drinking club isn't a .hanging offense. That was what Baby Doll was doing, by and with the consent of the authorities. , A. government mat Becomes diseased, at one point and seeks no remedy will, after a time, become diseased at all points All citizens then see what thoughtful citizens always knew tha the partnership between city government and law breaking ele ments may begin in drinking clubs, but it will end in murder. .Baby "Doll is safely confined. Taken by the Fedejal au thorities, by direction of United States District Attorney Thomas J. Spellacy, Baby Doll is in Bridgeport Jail until he is wanted by TT-.J,"l'ki?4 ; T-.' A 1 A It 1 171 M 1 t uuiuer tiummings, msinci Attorney ior raimeia uounty. Coroner Phelan. like the alert and honest nnhlir, officer hp. has ever been, has ordered Baby Doll held, pending the probing of charges for murder. i . , uuuuiiiugs uas sain mai, uauv luu siio.ii nut nee lruiii i justice and he will not. He will be on hand to tell his own story t and he has an interesting story to tell. 1 J : The lesson of Baby Doll should sink in. It should end the : system of government prevailing in Bridgeport. The personnel f the lower court proceeds from the boss system, the men are I good, but the system is bad. The minor judges of Connecticut v ought to be designated, either by the governor, or by the judge of the superior court. Connectiout musf get rid of political jus tice; Connecticut has had enough of boss justice. , The county commissioner system is bad, because it springs from, the same boss-ridden system. The boss and the system need the negro pander and the white lecher, and so county commissioners and courts are kind to the lowest and most de based of the criminal elements. . ' This cannot be done immediately. One thing can be done immediately. Get rid of all the drinking clubs. There are a i u A e 4 X e 4-i: . i lufc ui Liicm auu every uue ji mem is a suuitc ui lestei'iiig evil. . The county commissioners did not know how wicked Baby Doll I was.- It is ridiculous to believe such a story, but let us assume 1 it.to be true. Then they do not know anything about the other drinking clubs and gambling hells which- exist under their li cense. Let them now call in all these organizations, and clean them up. How many murders must there be, how many women de bauched and how many men diseased before the city gets rid of the drinking clubs. How much must war production be injured that a few politicians may get a few more votes on election day? ' . , STMAS CHEER IN THESE HOMES? IT IS UP TO YOU Here is the Way for Charitably-Inclined Folks to Make Their Own Yuletide Season the Happier,1 by Aiding These Worthy Persons Six More Cases in the City Cited by Charities Superin tendent Where the Spreading of a Bit of Christmas Cheer Can Do a Wonderful Amount of Good. LIBERTY BOND LESSONS By HOWARD SPEER Of Hincka Bros, ft Co. LESSON NO. 17 THE RULES OP THE GAME Widow, four children ages il, 6, 4, 2 years. Woman had been doing work but health is now failing, and she is no longer able to continue working. Oldest boy has suffered for years rom hernia, but family could not save enough money to give him treatment needed. However, hospital care has recently been provided, boy and his condition is much improved. Widow with four children, ages 10, 9, J, 5 years. works daily in factory to maintain family. Man ill, chronic case, woman makes effort to earn a little to help towards support, but man requires constant attention, and family are consequently left without any source of income. Man died suddenly several months ago, left wife and four children, ages 10, 7, 4, 2 years. Since death of her husband, she has given birth to a baby girl. Man deserted some years ago, left wife and three children, amily living in two dark basement rooms. Woman tries to do housework to help provide for herself and three children. Woman's health poor as she suffers greatly from leg ulcers. Widow, two sons, ages 17 and 13 years, woman not well and is unable to work. Seventeen year old son only support of family. Youngest boy T. B. Widow, three children, ages 9, 7, 4. Woman not strong but does laundry work for entire week to provide a home for her children. ' Woman Widow with five small children, ages 11, 9, 8, 4, 2 years. Man died about one year ago, left woman penniless. Since that time woman and children have been supported by Department of Public Charities. Man insane, has been confined several times in Sanatorium, considered now an incurable case, there is a wife and four chil dren ages 12, 8, 6, 4 years. Woman does laundry work at home in effort to provide for self and family; Man died of T. B. after suffering many months. Left wife and six children ages 14, 11, 9, 7, 5, 4 years. Wife goes out by day working and is trying to keep her family together. Family have been living in three basement rooms, dark and damp. Old couple, man crippled with Eheumatism, unable to even help himself. Woman deaf and rather feeble. No one to pro vide a Happy Christmas for them. SCHOOLS AND THRIFT STAMPS. School Supt. Samuel J. Slawson met with superintendents of other cities and towns In Hartford yesterday and discussed plans to boost the sales of thrift stamps after the holiday. NAVAIi RECRUITS. Four more recruits for the navy were sent from the Naval Recruiting station in Cannon street yesterday. Many others applied for enlistment, but were not supplied with the neces sary papers from their local boards. Those sent were Samuel H. White of Milford, Thomas S. Eaves of Mount Kisco, N. T., Loren H. Jennings oS this city, and William J. Hamilton of Norwalk. ELKS TO COME HOME. Members of the Bridgeport lodge of Elks at Camp Devens will have transportation expenses, to their homes paid by the lodge providing they can get Christmas furloughs. The war committee of the lodge was given full power to act on this at a meeting last night. CITIZENS OF FRANCE HONOR U. S. SOLDIERS Pittsburgh, Dee. 19 Citizens of Lor raine, Prance, will erect a monument to the memory of Corporal James B. Gresham of EJvansville, Ind., and Pri vates Merle X. Hay of OHdden, Iowa, and Thomas F. Enrlght of Pittsburgh, who were the first of the American expeditionary force to fall In France, according to a letter received yester day by Mayor Joseph G-. Armstrong of this city from the prefect of the vilage near which the Americans are burled. Philippine Gdvernment officials were warned of a supposed German raider off Singapore, Straits Settlements. Eleven men were killed in an explo sion at the Yukon-Pocahontas Coal Co., at Susannah, In McDowell coun ty, W. Va. The people who are fussing so be cause they have to go short on sugar are the grandchildren of the sturdy old timers who used to be awfully pleased to get bread and molasses. The soldier who hasn't got his over coat , yet is not particularly consoled by the Information that he will have it as soon as 16 more clerks have sign ed the necessary red tape. FOOTWEAR FOR CHRISTMAS Women's dressy boots in varied shades of, brown and grey in leather and cloth and in leather FTVE TO EIGHT DOLLARS Some pairs of ... these colored boots not In cluded in the full lines are at specially low prices. Unlimited choice of dainty evening slippers of distinctive design. Ballet Slippers Easy v fitting, . .fancy slippers for house wear. W. K. MOILAN 1026 Main Si. Make the Children Happy . A LATE SHIPMENT OF, Storm King Boots FOR THE CHILD, YOUTH, AND BOY, AT HAND. CHILD SIZES 4 to 10 1-2 $2.50 Pair YOUTH SIZES 11 to 2 ?3.25 Pair . BOYS SIZES 3 to 6 $4.00 GET THEM THIS WEEK WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD. THE So many people have bought bonds for the first time In their lives dur ing the past six months that they are naturally making a good many little mistakes In connection with them mat more experienced! investors do not make. These mistakes aren't very serious. They are simply violations of some of the rules of the game. But now that you are definitely in the bond- fcuying, coupon-cutting, money-saving class you might Just as well fool the people next door and make them think you buy a few bonds every other Saturday on your way borne from work. The only way you can do that is to act the ipart, and you certainly won't do it naturally untfl you learn first of all some of the rules that ibond buyers are accustomed to observe. 'Now here are some of the tfchwm that a Ibond Is not: A Liberty bond is not a scrub mr It is true that It is mad out of Dajrar and paper Is made out or rairs, but it isn't meant to be usett as a rag Just the same. It is a very imuortajit piece of paper with some very impor tant printing on it-printing that some one may want to read some time, it should, therefore, be kept clean. We have seen some Liberty bonds presented for sale that any particular person might reasonably hesitate to buy. They had been car ried loose in the pocket, along with tobacco, nails, handkerchiefs, small change, and all the other things that may be found In the pockets of the average man or woman. After a very few days of this sort of treatment they become so dirty as to he almost unreadable. If the owner continues to treat his bond in. this way it will soon wear out in his socket, or else become so soiled that ' nobody will want to buy It. A Liberty bond la not a memoran dum pad, nor Is It an Mentiftcation card. Some people are using the margins of their bonds to scribble lit tle notes on lists of Christmas gifts, what they want at the grocery, the address of some place of busines, etc, Others write their names and ad dresses on their bonds either la pencil or ink. Now, the great big market for Liberty bonds is the New York Stock Exchange. No matter where you are when you want to sell whether you are In Bridgeport, or Chicago, or Texas, or Florida sooner or later about 98 per cent, of all the sales of Liberty bonds find their way back to the New York took Ex. change. And one of the strictest rules ofl this 'Exchange is that al bonds must be Idelivered to the buyer without name or mark of any kind written thereon. It frequently hap pens that a sale is all made, the price agreed upon, and the letters written closing the transaction, but when the bond is handed to the new owner it Is found to have i a name or other marking written on it. Immediately the whole bargain is called off. The buyer need not keep his side of the agreement unless he wishes to do so, and even if he has already handed over the money, the seller must re turn It to him arJdi the (Exchange au, thorltles will Insist upon him doing so. The buyer may possibly be wil ling to talke the bond, but at a re duced price. In other words, a marked bond is not a ''good delivery." It is branded and marked for life, and it suffers ac cordingly, lust as a person is branded and suffers whose reputation for hon esty has been challenged. A Liberty bond is not a piece of pretty kindergarten paper to be folded and twisted Into all sorts of enter taining shapes the way we do with church calendars to keep the young sters quiet in church. Neither is Liberty bond a fish horn nor a cornu copia to hold candy or pins or shoe buttons. It should not be rolled up like a piece of music or a phonograph horn, but should be kept flat and fold- 3 in the same simple fashion It was when you received it Put it flat in lone: envelope and take it to some bank to 'be taken care of for you free of charge. The reason for all this Is because, last of all, a Liberty bond is not Just so much paper money. (Money can be carried around in one's pocket, and when It gets worn out or dirty the government takes it in, burns it up, and issues new money In Its place. But those Liberty bonds of yours are going to live for 25 or 39 years. The 3 1-2's come due In 1947, and the i'a In 1942. Tou may not keep them all that time, but somebody is going to have those very same bonds 2S and 30 years from now. They aren't replaced when they get torn or dirty. They Just stay torn and dirty till the hitter end. Tou can't blame the other fellow very much, then, for wanting such a piece of paper to be in good condi tion. Tou received -It that way. Keep it so, both for your own sake and for the sake of the person who may buy it from you. HOOVER TO REPLY -TO CHARGE ABOUT SUGAR SHQRTAGE Washington, Dec. 19. Whether Food Administrator Hoover will be permitted to answer charges of Claus A. Bpreckles that the administration was responsible for the sugar short age was not Indicated today when the senate Investigating committee re sumed its hearings. The food administration's attempts to question Mr, Spreokles through members of the committee to bring out its side of the story of Cuban raw sugar contracts were blocked by an announcement that the state de partment deemed it inadvisable to discuss further the negotiations that resulted in the contracts, Mr. Spreck els had charged that the food admin istration's fixed import prices caused the sugar shortage in the east, FAIRFIELD AVE. VARIETY STORE BROAD WS f!f nPFT? A TT VT CAJl fare for customers USEFUL GIFTS FOR CHILDREN At 89c $2.95 Infants' long dresses. At 79c and up Infants' short dresses. At 98c $3.95 Gingham, poplin and organdie dresses. At $4.95 $7.50 Serge Dresses for girls 8-14 years. At $4.95 $8.50 Coats for girls 2-14 years. At 58c and up Knit Caps. At 29c and up Baby Bonnets. At 98c annd up Infants' Sweaters. At 15c and up Boxes of three handkerchiefs for children, Be sure to visit our toy department. EL SE An Ideal Christmas Suggestion If A pair of DANIEL GREEN'S COMFY SLIPPERS is a most practical gift to givo mother for Christmas. Jjc FELT COMFY SLIP PERS in all colors that will be a great comfort j to mother, father, sis-. ter or brother these' cold winter mornings. Were $1.75, now BgQ Men's Comfy Slippers . $2.QQ 1233 MAIN ST. StratfieldHotelBldg.? "Incorporated 185S Our 1 17thConsecutiveDividend THE TRUSTEES OF THE CITY SAVINGS BATs. have de clared a semi-annual dividend at the rate of 4 per cent per annum on all deposits for the six months ending December 31, 1917. Money may be drawn on or after December 20 without loss of Jauary dividend. Money deposited on or before January 5, will draw mieresi, irom dttuuaj.-y x. A proper resolution for the coming year Is to save more. It's the national slogan. CITY SAVINGS BANK Main and Bank Streets. Open Monday Evenings from t to 8 o'ctoek i'i : THE ELECTRIC SHOP AT COR. BROAD AND CANNON STS. Farmer Want Ads. One Cent a Word ALLING RUBBER CO. 1126 MAIN ST. Indianapolis, Deo, IB Coal minora of the country are called upon to fore go their usually extended holiday thia Christmas time and take only two days Christmas and New Teal- In a statement Issued here today at the In ternational headquarters of the TJnlt- l ed Mine Workers ot America. Government Contracts and Central Station Power War demands on industry call for increased speed in production and an output many times above normal. Government contracts for munitions, supplies, equip ment, etc., are taxing the capacities of factories, large and small. ; Labor, material, fuel all at present place before the manufacturer a series of gigantic problems never before equalled in the industrial history of this nation. To manufacturers struggling with these handicaps, we suggest an Investigation of the advantages of Central Sta tion Power. In scores of industries it has proved its ready adaptability to the extraordinary demands or war time pro duction. . The Services of Our Electrical Engineers Await Your Telephone Call THE UNITED ILLUMINATING CO. TELEPHONE BARNTO 821.