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ill liuyl nn Bridgeport Farmer VOL. 53 NO. 300 "T" T ' " 5J ' r1 y mmiemi leiiK inn pjot . Lang Hirs HE CAMKIED .32 CALIB1E inrpf! in Pinnnrisl Graves, Colored Waiter In ' Keystone Club, Swears at Coroner's Hearing That After Asking for Seeley Baby Doll Beseeched King to Come to His Protection. The outstanding features of the investigation' by Coroner John J. Phelan of the revolver battle in which Norris Pannill was killed by a bullet at the sessions of his hearing held last night and resumed this morning at 11. o'clock follow: . , ; 1-r-Baby Doll weeping and at bay, fearing that the police would handle him roughly if he surrendered called for the 1st district Republican leader "Bill" Seeley and then asked that King be sent for This is the first time mention of King's name has been made by any witness in the case. 2 Police Sergeant Burns Contradicting the belief that it iwas'a policeman who killed Pannill admitted having a .32 palibre gun the night of the riot frut asserts he did not use n in fhe street and asserted no po iceman discharged his revolver anywhere except inside the Keystone club. 3 The Coroner's efforts ,to': Establish a motive for the mur jder of Pannill showed that Ba by Doll and the victim' of the )riot had quarreled several (weeks ago, when Pannill, a Southerner, openly voiced his pisgust of seeing drunken jwhite women dancing with ne groes after midnight in Doll's jprotected cabaret. and Doll of fended, ejected Pannill. , 4 Saturday night Pannill According to a friend of his won j$450 In a dice game at the re eort. He left a $450 winner and Baby Doll . referred to Pannil as a "Piker." , Pannill returned after midnight to disprove the allegation and gamble his win nings. ' It is said he staked $450 ton one hand of dice and won. When taken to the hospital Pannill had $1 on his person. Police Sergeant James Burns admit ted just before Coroner Phelan ad journed hearing1 for the noon recess, lit : one o'clock today, that he was armed with a .32 calibre revolver when riotlne- broke out at "Baiby Doll" Thomas' Water street ( resort, early Sunday morning-. He denied, however, that a bullet from his gun was the one that killed Morris (Pannill. of 203 titolden Kill ptreet, and declared that neither he nor any other police officer had done any shooting in the street at the time Pannill claimed to have been wound ed. "Sergeant," asked the coroner, "how many shots did you Are up to the time that this man who is now dead, was 1b truck?" Burns replied that he had shot three times,, -a. the hallway. y . "Do you think, then, that any bul let from your gun might nave killed this man?" continued the coroner. "No,1 sir," replied the sergeant, em phatically, "neither I nor any other policeman killed him, , for I know for a certainty that not a policeman fired into the street until four or five min utes after Pannin had run out of the club. . . " ; .'.,'. (Continued OR Page 6.) Mayor Invited Dear Sir. jYou are cordially'invited to attend a Smoker, given by. Keystone Club, Monday ? . - , .-X -.- Refreshments served frea. Speaking by the Hon. C. B. Wilson ' find other Candidates of the K.-pubhcaa party. 1 ' ' ' ' " '-''Vi'M THOMAS,' The above is a facsimile of a postal card found this morn ing in the debris which litters Babv Doll's bullet ridden den of iniquity in Water street. A dozen or more of these cards were scattered about the place. ( When asked, "Has the administration given protection to Baby Doll Thomas?" by a reporter today, Mayor Clifford B, Wilson at first refused to make any reply but later said: "Certainly not. Baby Doll protected." Asked if he knew the place existed he replied: "I couldn't tell you the exact location of it.?' . PLENTY OF COAL, BUT NEGLIGENCE OF CITY HOLDS UP DELIVERIES Refusal of the city administration to make an attempt to clear the streets of snow, has' resulted in the shutting off the coal supply to needy families by the Bridgeport branch of the United States Fuel Administra tion. Xealers have reported the streets to be almost impassable and refuse to allow their carts to attempt to plow through them. As a result not a single half ton order was given at the fuel committee's office today and more than 00 persons were turn ed, away. . Although there is a plentiful supply of hard coal on hand, little relief is afforded the domestic situation,, be cause of condition of the streets. Not only are the side streets clogged with slush and mud, but some of the most central streets, according to the com plaints of dealers who declare that even their large powerful motor trucks become disabled within the city limits. ' The chairman declared that prac tically all the coal now coming is be ing shipped by water and that no considerable aifixmnt is going over the rails. "The factory situation," said REDUCED RATES ON CABLEGRAMS TO BOYS ABROAD Special arrangements have been made under which cablegrams of a social character may be sent to sol jdiers, sailors, and nurses of the Amer. lean force which may be sent to Eng land or France. Such cablegrams will be charged at the rate of 6 cents per word from Bridgeport, making a reduction (ft li cents per word for the benefit of those sent across the waters. The message may be written in English or French. These messages should be addressed AMEXFORCE, London, for the sol diers and USHAFORCE, London, for the sailors. In addition the address should contain the addressee's name, the name of the regiment or ship of number of the unit in which the ad dressee is serving, each word to bo counted. - i Guest of Doll mrnmsim Evening, November 5th, 1917. - ; " - - . - m , , nor anyone else has never been Siemon, "is getting along well. The larger factories have comfortable supplies, but not in as great quanti ties as they desire." The mayor's only reply was, "That would have to go to Major General Burpee." When asked if he would present thes uggestion to the major general, Wilson said, "Why don't you do it?" speaking to the reporter. The mayor refused to comment on the condition of the city's streets. That there Is intense suffering among thousands of families is shown by -the heavy demand upon coal deal ers, also at the fuel committee's o.f flcei When tho office opened this morning there were approximately 75 persons waiting and within a few minutes the lin had . ' Increased greatly. All were turned back, however, be ing told that no orders would be tfiven except to those who would fur nish their own deliveries. "These prices allow a fair profit for the dealers and the bags should con tain full weight. Any infringements should be reported to this committee." THRIFT STAMPS FOR EMPLOYES OF WARNER BROS. The sale of War Thrift Stamps in this city took on a new impetus to day when it was learned that the management of the Warner Brothers Compan had given orders to place a thrift stamp in the envelope of every employe in the factory. This means that during the present week several thousand employes will be introduced to the government's latest endeavor to create interest and support among the working people. CXHCTON GIXJTED Washington, Dec. 20 Cotton gin ned prior to Dec. 13 amounted to 10, 142,858 running bales, exclusive1 of linters anoS including 180,252 round bales and 88,352 bales of sea island cotton, the census bureau announced today. BRIDGEPORT, CONN., THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 1917 ratine Buenos Aires Joins With Washington in Dis closing Further Evi dences of Intrigues by Count Luxberg. Washington, Dec. 19 Some two score more of telegrams which passed between Count von Luxburg, German minister to Argentina, and the German foreign office will be made public today by the state de partment ' by agreement with the Argentine government, which also will publish them simultaneously . in Buenos Aires. Exposure of Count von Luxburg's "sink without trace" telegram by. Secretary Lansing was what caused a rupture of diplomatic relations between Argentina, and Germany. Disclosure of more of the sensa tional Luxburg telegrams, the state department expected to lay bare more evidence of the diplomat's duplicity. This comes at an interesting time, especially as it is done by agreement with the Argentine government. How the Argentine people will re gard further exposure of German in trigue is regarded here as now more interesting , than the effect on Latin America and the neutrality confer ence to be held in Buenos Aires. While public sentiment for enter ing the war on the side of the United States and the Allies has been spread ing through all Latin America, the conspicuous ' examples of inaction have been the governments of Mexico and Argentina. The sudden visit of Ambassador Cabrera, of Mexico, to a so-called neutrality conference in Buenos Aires excited ' much speculation. Whether there can Be any connection between the new Luxburg exposures and the relations between Mexico and Argen tine excites much interest. GAPT. DAVE JACK VETERAN POLICE OFFICER IS DEAD "Captain Dave" Jack, retired police officer and fireman, is dead. The aged veteran.-after having served the city of Bridgeport for more than forty years, succumbed to VHments Inci dental to old age, this morning, and passed away at seven o'clock in his rooms on the top floon of the police building. The ex-policeman was for more than thirty -years driver of the police ambulance, and was well known throughout the city. He became a member of the police department upon quitting old Engine Company No. 5, which he Joined in .1865, as driver. Previously, he had been a member of the Excelsior Engine Company, a volunteer fire organization, and in his day was r:ognized as one of the best firemen ever to have fought a blaze. He was born in Canada, and came to Bridgeport when a young man, finding employment as a blacksmith's helper with the firm . of Hincks & Johnson, whose shop was at the cor ner of Cannon and Broad streets. At that time he gained distinction as the strongest man in Bridgeport, arid his great feats of strength were the common talk of the community. - IT. S. LABORATORY BURNS. Muscatine, la., Dec. 20 Fire of -unknown origin last night caused $60,000 damage to the Laboratory of the United States biological station in Fairport, Iowa. The work of tlfp station embraces the artificial propa gation of fresh water mussel shells used in the manufacture of pearl but tons. Troubles Asks Receivership For Bridgeport Shoe Co. After Partnership Has Been Dissolved-Claim Assets Endangered. Financial difficulties of Jo seph Lang recently mentioned in connection with the Pruden tial Outfitting Co. of New York, which is now in the hands of a receiver came to light again in the Superior Court .with... 'the application for a receiver for the Bridgeport Shoe Co., of which Lang is a large stock holder. The application for the receivership is signed by Lang and two other part ners. It Is rumored that Lang's con- rectlon with certain 'financial sharks has brought about his financial troubles. Endorsement of notes which would have seemed to have borne rich results had they been "taken care of," are also believed to have contributed to Lang's present embar rassment. Attorney James A. Marr has been appointed by Judge Howard J. Cur- tiss of the Superior Court as tempor ary receiver for the Bridgeport Shoe Co., which has a store In this city. Bond In $25,000 has been filed, and a hearing for confirmation as perman ent receiver assigned for 10 o'clock, December 28. Application for the receivership was brought through Banks & Nicholson by Joseph Lang, one of the partners of the company, but he Is joined in the application by the other two, Max Elprin and Albert Hotz all of this city. In his application Lang recites that the company was a partnership which has been dissolved, but that the part ners cannot agree upon the distribu tion of the assets of the concern, and that owing to attachments the assets are in danger of dissipation and being wasted. Assets of about $25,000, mostly in stock in trade, are claimed ,and a receivership is desired to wind up the affairs of the partnership. WIFE MISSING; HUSBAND FPS EVIL INFLUENCE Fearing that sht may have been either coerced into .leaving him or forcibly abducted, Michael Pistelli, of 358 Grand street,complained to Detec tive Captain Edward Cronan, today, of the disappearance of his wife. Pistelli told the authorities that there was a bad gang of men "black handers," he called themt living near hig home, and he, believes that it was their evil influence which robbed him of his wife. The woman disappeared yesterday, and with her Pistelli found missing his gold watch and chain, a diamond ring, and $45 in cash. Mrs. Pistelli is young and quite good looking. She workeid in one of the lo cal factories. She has a scar on the chin, and may easily be identified by her peculiar voice, which was affected by an illness suffered during infancy. A peculiar co-incidence in connec tion with the disappearance occurred in the police court, this morning, when John Ardone, who lived with the Pis telli's, was arraigned for carrying con cealed weapons, and fined $50 and costs.- Ardone told the court that he carried the weapon for protection, be ing afraid of the "bad gang." DRAFT HEADQUARTERS. Draft board for local Division No. 13, Including Fairfield and Stratford, with some of the smaller towns of the county, has taken quarters' in the county building In the room used as a coroner's and commissioners' court room, SEVEN DAY EFFORT ON PART OF HUN TO SMASH THROUGH LINES AROUND MONTE S0LAR0LO SALIENT IS DEFEATED SUFFERING BIG LOSSES ATTACKERS QUIT Rome, Dec. 18 (Delayed) Repulse by the Italian and French forces of a mighty thrust by the enemy oh the Monte Solarolo salient is announced in an official statement today. Cut up by. the heavy return fire of the Allied batteries the infantry forces of the Teutons were forced to give up the at tack. The official statement follows: ' ' ' "Yesterday, the seventh day df the battle between the , Brenta and the Piave, the enemy concentrated his efforts al most exclusively on the Monte Solarolo salient. At 11 o'clock in the morning after several hours of the most, violent fire extending from the Col Dell 0 rso to Porte di Salton, columns of infantry from the northeast and the north were launched against our position. ' "The former, which advanced from the southeastern slope of Monte Spinucci, was caught by our artillery and a most effective and concentrated fire from French batteries. It was forced to stop and give up the attack before getting in contact with our lines. - ' ; "The latter, consisting of a whole division of Gennan ; troops preceded by assault detachments, made a directand decided thrust against Monte Solarolo and the northern slopes at the head of the Calcino vail ey. Our troops put up a most , stubborn resistance and the enemy, after a desperate struggle, being badly cut up by our fire and worn out by our counter : attacks, was obliged to suspend action and return to his own lines. We captured prisoners and some machine guns. ., "In the Col Delia Be re'tta region a thrust on the part of . enemy infantry was crushed promptly by our fire. On the remainder of the front the fighting activity was very moderate." HUN PEACE FEELERS Petrograd, Wednesday, Dec. 9 According to press . re- ? ports, Russia has been informed by the Central powers that they intend to make peace proposals to the Allies. ' This report is" published in the Evening Post, which says the representatives of the Central powers, at the first pre liminary peace conference with the Russians, held yesterday, announced their governments intended ori principle to put the question of peace before all the powers, and that they had asked their allies to do likewise. Russia was requested to take similar steps. It is said that the Russians are trying by all means to sound the Allies. - The representatives of the Central powers informed the Russian? that they were ready, to discuss peace preliminaries but desired to know the result of Russia's efforts to.induce the ; Allies to join in the negotiations before proceeding with them. They said this point of view might be changed, however, and that they might be willing to discuss peace with Russia alone. The Germans were of the opinion that the Russian armistice might influence the other fronts. . , ' The first conference was devoted merely to a discussion of who would participate in the negotiations. - . BASSICK LOSES CASE AGAINST EXPLOSIVES CO. Contracts with the Aetna Explosives Co., under which Herbert F. John of New York, and Edgar .W. Bassick of 1001 Fairfield avenue, president of the Burns-Bassick division of the Bassick company and president of the Bridge port Savings ibank, sought to recover $4,000,000 in commissions, were de cided as invalid by Judge Mayer in the federal district court, New Tork, yesterday. Other contracts found were passed on favorably, with the result that John and Bassick are entitled to sums less than $1,000,000. The main ground for the decision as to the void contracts is that the amount of commissions agreed to be paid was so large as to be out of pro portion to the services rendered. Bassick was involved in a munition scandal last spring, which resulted in the dismissal of the Canadian minis ter of munitions. . Secret Service agents searched many homes at Newport, R, L, when reports were received by the govern ment that sugar was being hoarded by the wealthy. PRICE TWO CENTS LLOYD-GEORGE SEES FAILURE OF SUBMARINE 'r , London, Dec. 20. Speaking in tha house of commons today, David Lloyd-George, the British premier, said that the margin of losses at ta was narrowing. The sinkings by sub marines, he declared,' were decreas ing, while ship building was lncreas- ' ing. , The premier said the sinking of submarines was increasing. Although the merchant tonnage was down by 20 Tier cent., he added, tha loss had Wn jonly 6 per cent, of imports over that of last year. , Regarding the miltary situation, Mr. Lloyd-George said It was Idle to pre- jtend that the hopes formed had been reauzea. -mis aisappomiment ns at tributed to the 'Russian collapse. J The Germans, the premier said, had , had only success that was due to sur prise and this was now engaging in quiry. The Germans, he said, had lost 100,000 prisoners, valuable posi tions and hundreds of guns. ; , s THE WEATHER. For Bridgeport and vicinity: Cloudy J tonight; Friday light ratn. SSSKf'"1"