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uuL nn LIVL u. eoor armer VOL. 53-NO. 306 BRIDGEPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1917 PRICE TWO CENTS Mil Bridg t .- Jit f EICITOE 'AMERICAN CHRISTM fZ. nnan Aviators oh Moonlight Night Bent on lidding Nearby Town Spot Soldiers Camp in Wood and Bomb it Killing Two American ' Engineer Working in Trenches Undejr French Instructors Killed by Bomb-Paris Leave is Suspended f or AH IT. S. Officers and Men Snow Hampers Training; Impends Supplies. With tao American Army In France, Dec. 28 Two Ameri-: fan privates have been killed as a result of the operations of German aviators and a corporal of the American engineers lost his life Christmas eve! when a German shell exploded in the trenches seriously wounding a private at the same time.. . , " Under orders "received from- general headquarters,; divi sional commanders of the American forces issued orders yes terday suspending temporarily Pari leave for all officers and men. JVo explanaHon foe this action was given.". Th casoaltles reported today are beHoved" to have occurred on the s&xna. day.: The two American prl- -vftmm who hwt their Uvea -were in a camp in a mod, when German avia tors, raiding a nearby, town dropped bombs. :.f It .'was a"-, clear moonlight ; nht and the- camp,, of the soldi era was eridenUy Yisiblo to the raid era. - Tha engineer cocporal. -who was IdSed by a German 'shell was work ins? with Other members of his corps in the trenches on -a section , of the Freneh front.. with French engineers lor the purpose of Instruction, when a shea killed him.- r ' JFor fhree days anew has been fall-tog"-.toterfnWtssrtly- , throughout the American some .interfering with tha training of troops and . with com- mnirtnatlona. -At times a strong; wind ' has accompanied - the . snowfall, and njiny roads are becoming almost ira yanaMe on aooount of drifts.! w No ' aeriooa dlffkmlty has been experienced so far In supplying the troops in the ootlyinar towns and districts, but it is Xaered that the supply problem will ' give trouble- If the storm continues. : Motor .tracks were crawling over ' the faffly roads at a snail's pace be cause of (ha drifts- and density of - the snow. Nsmeroua accidents were reported, and the - weather was so cold that many oars were frosen and coold not be moved. Brigade ma neuvers of a division whose nnits . have seem aervtoe tn the trenches were called of for a time because of the snow " " The troops of a newly landed di vision, composed of former national guardsmen, reached - the . towns In which they are to be billeted tempor arily, . last night, after marching for two days through the storm. ' - Their experience seemed to have done them more good than harm, for the men are rapidly becoming hardened. For xner guardsmen of another division engaged In bayonet, grenade and au tomatic- rifle - practice despite - the storm. - GOAL PROMISED DT GOVERNMENT illOT HERE YET Shipments of coal . for Bridgeport at tha direction of the National Fuel Administration are still in "promise' form according to an interview with Carl F. Siemon, ' chairman of the Bridgeport Fuel committee, -who said today, "I have seen none of the coal ordered here by the government' Shipments ' are very satisfactory, ac cording to-Siemon, who says, "A se vere storm . wuld raise havoc with the situation here.: - - - Siemon: intimates that the coal re ceived here during the last week or so was shipped solely through the efforts of Bridgeport dealers-and -the daily shipments promised by -the : govern ment fall to arrive. "We. are not . getting - dally shipments," says Sie mon,. '"but .there may toe some reason for that. .The situation here Is only comfortable.-- I will have a state , ment.Jtorthe public within a few days."-'--;.;'-- . The-supply of dealers lav-diminishing at a fastrate and no shipments to replenish- it .are being r received. Shipments -of. the - last- week-have preatty relieved conditions, -but steady , - n a piuit . b had, according to PRIVATES AND ONE ENGINEER KILLED AS EVE IN FRANCE ATHOON TODAY ROADS SILENTLY BECAME MERGED Washington, Dec 28. Aa the first practical step in tne government's op eration of railroads, which began at noon today, Director General McAooo drafted the . railroad war board into' the government service to work out plans of unified operation, and submit them to him for approval. At -noon - today the approximately 250,000 inHes of American railroad systems silently merged into one great continental chain for the winning of the war, -t-, ; . ' ;: . ; v. - Under President Wilson's decision the great, event regarded by-many as the opening of a new epoch in gov ernment operation and control of pub nc utilities, passed by without any forma Ceremony. ; Orders for the actual unification of equipment, which are expected to raise the lines, common use of facilities and the freight Jam immediately, "will .be the first result. , - ... ; At the conclusion of the conference with the rsilroadt heads Mr. McAdoo announced that he had called on the members of the railroad war board to work out ft. general plan of operation. It is Indicated that the war board will continue as the operating body in charge of the country's railroads. It will be assisted by its numerous com mittees throughout the country, In cluding the , operating committee of eastern railroads,, headed by K. W. Thompson of the Baltimore & Ohio. RELATIVES OF WAS KILLED HOLD TO MURDER CLAi In spite of the fact that detectives who investigated the matter concluded that the man had been killed by a train, and that they still hold to thit theory, members of the family of Midhael Kelemenoki, of 603 Bostwick avenue, whose horribly mangled body was found on the west-bound railroad tracks underneath the Brewster street bridge in. Fairfield, early Wednesday morning, persist In their claim that he was murdered. " ' Mrs. Kelemencki and her' son, Peter, have been visiting the detective bureau almost hourly, since the discovery of the body, offering fresh evidences to support their contention that the man was slain. ' They assert that all indi cations point to murder.and that while there ls enough foundation for their theory, there is no proof that a train killed Kelemencki. ; - v v- The body was found by a man walk ing the tracks about 3 o'clock on the morning of the 26th, and was frozen stiff. There was nothing to show when the victim had been struck by a train, if he had been, but the crush ed and battered condition of the body and a broad stain on the stone abut ment of the bridge, gave every reason -i--.v--;.:., ,";-:; COURT KEPT IN SESSION flMRYDOLL Adjournment of the December term of the Criminal , Superior Court has been postponed pending the invest! gation and decision, of State's Attor ney Cummings In the cases of William "Baby Doll.-" Thomas, and 'Texas Hankey, are both held for the death of Morris Pannill on the night of the riot and gun fight incited by Thomas at the keystone club of which he was proprietor. Several important witnesses at the coroner's inquiry are being held at the police station' without--bonds so as to maXe" n'cohvenT4nt",at my time lor Cummings to get. any Information he desires. Among those held are the negro" Graves, who told the most graphic story of the occurrence on the night of Pannill's casualty- which ended In death. . Harris, the doorkeeper at; the; Key stone Club and .regarded as a most important , witness In the murder -case, Is still at the hospital and as soon as he is sufoclently recovered will be taken into custody by the police. Cummings stated several days ago that he would investigate the case of ' Baby Doll" and would take, prompt ly,, whatever action may be necessary. It is possible that after he, has coin pleted. his Investigation he may ask for the summoning of a special grand Jury to act upon the Baby Doll case and that he may ask 'for a speedy trial of both "Baby Doll" and Texas" upon the charge of murder, for the death of Norris Pannill. - 1ST QUOTA MEN NOT IN CAMPS ARE BENEFITED Washington, Deo. 28 Provost Marshal . General Crowder has not! Bed state governors that there will be no more "formal calls for deferred per centages of the present quota of na tional army men befpre Feb. IB. That la all men who have been called but whose order numbers are so low that they are not actually -in camp will get the benefit of the new classification. Boards have been Instructed, howy ever, to continue sending men to make up deficiencies in the quota caused by rejection : of men already In the service until they have enough men finally placed in the first class. They were' notified also to expect very soon calls for men skilled in special lines of work. . - MAN WHO OH TRAGUS to believe that Kelemenoki had been hurled head-first against the bridge by a locomotive. His skull ' was com pletely crushed. Kelemencki had spent Christmas j wlth friends at the home of John j-emK.a, m rmceton street, fuirneia. There had been considerable drinking day' be8r' clder and liquors being partaken of in substantial quantities. Late in the afternoon. It has been learned, trouble arose over some petty matter, and an altercation ensued be tween Kelemencki and Demko, his host. It ended when the men went out into the orchard at the rear of Demko'i house and had It out with bare fists. Versions differ as to what happened afterward. - Mrs. Kelemencki and some of her friends claim that after the fight, her husband was murdered, and his body was carried down to the railroad tracks for the purpose of giving the appearance that tie had. been killed by a train,. She says that the blood stains found in the -snow at the rear of Pemko's house were caused by her husband's wounds. The argument be tween the men was a serious one, she (Continued on Page-11.)' 1 Eiira FfdDIPdDSAL (SSI, eus Take Branch Sf ' 01 laritc Belsheviki Leaders Seize All Private Financial Houses " in Petrograd New York Man ager Placed Under Ar rest " ' ' '- - : Petrograd, Dec. 28 Soldiers acting under-. the orders of Finance Commissioner Men- shinsky surrounded and seized yesterday all private banks in Petrograd, including the branch of the National City Bank of New Tork. ( The manager, R. R. Stevens, was:jrrestejr.an4de tained for a short time. . '. Bank, directors were arrested. Sev eral surrendered "the keys to the bank vaults,- but. Stevens refused. J. .B. Wright, counBellor of the American embassy,, called on Mr. Stevens during the afternoon. At, the time for the opening of the banks detachments of the Red guard gathered 'in .the ; streets- and barred the entrances. Later the banks were entered, under the leadership of )M Menshinsky. Orders were given that work cease and that' the banks sur render their papers and .the keys to their, vaults. In most instances - no resistance was offered. Mr.. Stevens declared his bank had no vaults, 'but only small safes. After his arrest he was permitted to return to the bank which was- placed under guard. ' The bank directors who were arrested were accused of "sabotage. Telephone service throughout the city was stopped for an hour. In explaining the seliure of the banks M. Menshinsky said: "We let. it be. known long ago that private banks' should : send reports weekly to the state bank. This was done,-but the reports, were Incorrect. It was then decided to occupy . the banks, revise their activity and then see that they resumed busnesa. The keys are In the hands of Commls- Lstoner Obelensky of ' the state bank. as are the books and documents which havqfbeen seized.".. It Is reported that a special som mittee will investigate the i closed banks, spending a week in the pro cess, and that the institutions will not be permitted to resume business in the meantime. -The city Is facing a serious financial shortage, especially in .currency of small denominations. which has been unavailable' for sev eral days. 10 DAY RECESS IS ORDERED IN PEACE PARLEY Petrograd, Dec 28 The" delegates of th Central powers to the peace conference in Brest Litovsk have agreed to a 10-day recess in the peace negotiations, which will be resumd Jan. 4 at a place not yet determined, Leon Trotzky, the ..Bolshevik for eign minister, la reported to be draft- i inir a new note ttf- the Entente allied embassies, again asking them to par- ticipate . in the peace conference. Trotzky is also said to be preparing a new message to the peoples of the world. The Russian delegates to the peace conference will return to Pet rograd tomorrow . or Saturday. An armistice is reported to have been reached between the Bolshevik forces and the troops of Gen. Kale dines in - Rostov, with a neutral zone between the opposing lines. PRESIDENT IS 61 YEARS OLD TODAY v- Washington, Dec. 28 Coincident with the taking over of the railroads President Wilsdn is celebrating today his 61sV birthday No special cere mony is plannecfl.t the White House as the war, time i ush of work makes impossible any ; deviation in the Pres ident's daily routne. THE.' WEATHER ' I .. For Bridgeport and vicinity: light mow and colder tonight; Satnrda; fair and colder. -- - .. . ' million Estimated In Budget Requisitions Totalling Nearly $600,000 Filed Today It Is F igured That a Tax Rate of Over 22 Mills Is Re quired. Indications that the city's tax rate will rise from 20.7. mills, surpassing the 22 mills mark, are shown in the requisitions thus far filed for the 1918-1919 budget. With several of the larger, departments unheard from,, requisitions totalling more than $2,000,000 have al ready .been med. . ; . It is estimated that the total amount wiU exceed $4,000,000. Based on a grand list of 1190,000,000. as pro nos ed by the administration a tax rate Of more than 22 mills will be required to meet the demands. Requisitions totalling, nearly tSOO.- 000 ' were; filed today toy five depart ments. "The -fire department asks for $481,524.72 to maintain that depart ment during the next fiscal year, which is an increase of $127,541 more than the amount granted by the Board of 'Apportionment for the fiscal, year Just ending. ' . The regular appropriations asked are: Engine and apparatus main tenance, $7,500: wagon and truck re pairs, $2,500; hydrant repairs, $2,000; fire alarm system, $4,000; hose re newals, $7,500; v chemical supplies 1,200; ' miscellaneous, . $12,000; tele phones, $1,200; water, $360coal and wood $6,000; light and power,. $3,500; repair shop, supplies, $1,200; furni ture, $1,500; gasolene,' $6,000; " salar ies, $359,000. Special appropriations are request ed: as follows:' ' Hydrants and settings $10,000; building repairs, $10,000; underground cable, $8,500; fire alarm boxes, $3,000; .firemen's relief fund, $13,674; new equipment $6,500; combination .pump and hose wagon, $,000j drill tower, .$4,500; store house, $1,000, - ' .; :. .-. ..:-.,.' The cost of Installing the double platoon system is Itemized as fol lows: Two new assistant chiefs, $2,000 each; three new drivers, $1,600 each; 52 firemen, $1,200 each; first year additional cost,. $70,900; second year, $76,100; third year, $81,800. The .'harbormaster requisitions for $2,940, which includes $800 for a new boat engine, which Is refused from year to year by the apportionment j (ConUnuea on . Page 11.) G. 0. P. LEADERS MEET TO DECIDE APPOINTMENTS . John E. Xyddy, Democratic mem ber of the Board of Police Commissioners,- whose term expires the- last day of this month, will not be reap pointed, according to unofficial state ments, in political- circles today. George C. Peet, -Republican, whose term is also near expiration, is slated for another- term, despite the broad cast v statements that John T. King would be appointed in his place. The idea1 of King becoming a member-of the board was ridiculed by - men in close touch with the situation today. A conference of the administration leaders, to be presided over by King, ls scheduled for today,- and all ap pointments will be decided. There is keen interest in the appointment of a Democrat to the Board of Fire Commissioners to succeed John Tague, who resigned to become a lieu tenant in the department. -- The fate of Assistant Town Clerk C. E..Wintpn will also be decided to day. Winton is in bad favor with the administration and it was indicated today that he would be ousted. Dur ing tne primaries Winton was men tioned to several of the leaders' as a likely successor to Joseph Schultz, town clerk, but they refused to enter tain the . idea. Winton'a friends threatened that he would run on an ndependent ticket, but this talk was jquelched with a promise from the idminlstratlon that Winton would be reappointed at an increased salary. "AN ALLY HAS FAILED US," ASSERTS FOREIGN MINISTER PINCHON, "BUT ANOTHER ALLY HAS C0ME"N0 PEACE ON STATUS QUO BASIS , ACCEPTABLE TO FRANCE--TO FIGHT ON FOR VICTORY Paris, Dec. 28 France will not accept a peace based on conditions before the war, Foreign Minister Pichon declared in replying in the chamber of deputies yesterday to the peace terms of the Central Powers outlined to Russia. He asserted that Germany was trying to involve France in its negotiations with the Bolsheviki, but that the not Russia made a separate peace. v The foreign minister said Germany was seeking to protract the negotiations with the Russians', re-establishing commercial ' relations in the ( meantime, believing that in this way the Bol sheviki might be ; checkmated later. Referring to the terms which the Central Powers offered to the Russians, as published yesterday, he said: "Germany is trying to involve us in her Maximalist negor tiations. After suffering as we have, we Cannot accept peace based on the status quo.N By agreement with our allies we are ready to discuss direct propositions regarding peace, but this Ls indlrecC- .' " .'w"'r . "' "Russia can treat for a separate peace with our enemies or not In either case the war for us will continue. An ally has , failed us, an ally who in preceding years carried off great vie- tories. It is a great success for our enemy, but another ally has come;, from the other end of the world a democracy has risen , against Germany's appetite for "At the conference in Paris a pro- gram was drawn -up, and In ouence unity of action on the part of the Allies will make itself felt, even to Macedonia. Germany and her al lies have undertaken the impossible task of conquering the world. The world will conquer them. "In this war France will have play ed a great role, for, as Roosevelt has said, she will have saved humanity." M. Pinchon declared the secret treaties published by : the'. Bolsheviki had not - compromised France. He said the German diplomats who were pretending to show indignation' were the. very men who sought to nego tiate a secret 'treaty with the , old regime in Russia, who attempted to draw Mexico into war against the United States, and organized plots in ArgenUna. - After referring to the German de claration that Alsace and Lorraine would ' never . be surrendered, M. Pichon said: . "The question of Alsace-Lorraine does not affect France alone. It is a world question. . It is not a territorial POLICE SEARCH! FOR IER WHO FAIL TO FL THEIR PESTIONMIR! Search for men who have been re ported by local draft boards as. hav ing failed to return - their question naires, filled , out and signed, was started by the ' police today, and, will continue until every -case brought to their attention has been disposed of. Among those who have failed to make returns are the men listed below. Under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Charles H. Suckley, the police have already started, their investigation of the cases reported to them, but have not yet taken definite acUon against anyone. . It is only required, of the police that they make inquiry in each case, and that wherever they find one of the men complained against, they are to take him in custody and present him at once to the local board hav ing Jurisdiction over; him. If they are unable to find the person, they are to make report to the local boards within five days after receiving com plaint. . Following are the men sought: Arthur Francis Smith, 25$ State St; Max Weinberg, 74 Suffolk St, New Torkf John A. Miller, Point Ju dith Lighthouse, Narraganaett, R..I.; Andrew Stefan, 630 Bostwick Ave.; Harry J. Fox, 1689 St Johns PI., Brooklyn N. T.; - Essex Lewis, 828 Broad St.; Kasmeiro Cost, P. O. Box S, Manvllle, N. J.; John Olben, 861 Bostwick Ave.; Geo. C. Anderson, E00 Warren St; James C. Lafferty, 275 Pequonnock St.; Simon Merontaa, ttl Park Ave.; Wm. F, McDermott, El West Ave.; Jacob Feinberg, 1157 Fairfield Ave.; Harry J. Grafa, WX. war would go on whether Or ; conquest , problem but a moral problem. On its conse-'jsolution depends whether the world shall have a durable peace." . This statement was greeted with applause. , The occupation of Jerusalem, M. Pichon said, was a victory for the civilized world. He added that the city would be given an international status. . London, Dec. -28. "Achievement of the purposes for which the Allies are fighUng is essential to the future free- ' dom and peace of mankind," said Pre mier Lloyd-George in a letter which he.' sent today to the labor congress. The premier's statement is regarded as the British reply to the German peace offer. . , , . .: Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 28 Count Julius Andrassy, ex-premier of Hun gary, writing on the peace question says: " "From toe moment we were free in the east the whole situation funda mentally changed ; and - the Central Powers now also will gain supremacy in the west : Main St, Springfield, Mass.; Mathew F..Creagh, 410 State St, Montpelier, Vfc; Edmund Bellivean, 188 Midland Ave.; Edward J. 'Martin, 517 Myrtle Ave.; Kostek Bielawiec, 25a Greg ory St. Nathan Bittnjer, 2957 Fair- ' field Ave.; Thomas OralliSp 21 Bank St.; .Themesteles Constanteri, 186 Gilr . bert St.; Frank Urbin, 948 Wordin Ave.; Jame3 Garity, 591 Lafayette St; Athanasios . Danilidis, 407 John s St; Stefan Anisoki, 189 Courtlandt St.; Simeon Grobosky, 713 Lafayette St.; Wm. A. Major, 754 Broad St; Ray mond S. Jeroy, Fish Rock Hotel. Northvllle, N. T.; Senior. Simi, 888 Main St; William J, Stuller, School St., Fairfield; Gustavo C. Anderson, 121 Morehouse St; John Lerezsl, 411 Bostwick Ave.; James - F. - Powell, 2003 Fairfield . Ave. ; Steven Decker,' 203 Hancock Ave.; Michael Hall, 634 1 Warren St; .John J.- O'Kane, 431 La fayette St.; Charles Zaisom, 29 Ridge St.; Frank L. Mohung, 39 West Lib erty St.; Arlstatelis Lazaro, 146 War ren St; Wladlhlaw" Lyjak, 18 Rldga St; Michael Zelk,, 23 Cherry St.: Lcuis Fronka, 944 Wordin Ave'; Leung Hong Payn, 395 Fairfield Ave.; Sherry Sinan, 258 Cherry St; George H. Mathlson, 664 Atlantic St; Jamea M. Awanitides, 264 Broad St; Bart ley a Clarke, 70S Hansen St; John F. Crowley, B78 Broad St; James W. Bteeves, 898 Atlantic St; Lester Dell worth, 247 Broad St; Max kessel man, 729 Madison St.; Steve Silbert, 69 Auburn St; Andrew Bores, 280 Bostwick Ave.; Joseph Lege. P. CX Box 841, Mt Hermon, Mass.; Ea'rh RuSls, 141 Eighth Ave., Siwji, .