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V0L5a NO: 308
IN SIBERIA; THE COSSACKS
AND RED GUARDS FIGHTING
olsheviki Forces Kill French Consular Agent and
Other Foreigners , !and Set Irkutsk Afire
Women and Children Murdered in Streets
- Lloyd-George to Answer Austro
' German Peace Offer and Confer-"
. ence With Clemenceau
- -- British" Destroy "Five '
' : " r Hun 'Planes. - ' ' '
- Peking, SundayDec. 30 rCivil war is in progress at Irkutsk,
In eastern Siberia on the Trans- Siberian railroad, ; and in sur--rounding
districts. - The town was set on fire by Red Guards af
1 ter they had killed the French consular agent , and three other
lYenchnjen. ."liany. persons, including women and children, are
being inurdered, and street fighting is under way.
The Bolshe-rtiX continue;; to receiya
reinforcements and ammunition from
Krasnoyarsk. The ..Cossacks aro-f ot
tering determined 1 op position to ,' tie
Be guard." The Siberian railroad
g-aaxds are outnumbered and are be
ing killed or. driven front their posts.
CommunicatiQp.iwith. :. Petrograd nas
: been out- off. . :.- - s ;
Bolshevik! uprisings hare occurred
at Tohita and Verkhne Udinsk, Toth
of which towns, are, on the Trans-Si
" berian railroad..' Harbin is quiet with
the Chinese" in full control. 1 .They are
guarding the banks, stores' and rail
London, Iee. SI. The Manchester
Guardian says It , is. .the -Intension of
the British government, when the- AUS-
tro-German. terma of peace are pre
sented; officially, ' to -return, s. serious
fend reasoned reply. ; Premier Lloyd
George has arranged to visit France,
according to the newspaper, to confer
with Premier Clemenceau on this sub
ject.:;'; "J. , '17
The iiiistr-ermaa peace terms re
ferred to are those presented by the
- representatives of the Central powers
kt Th-t-TJtov-k." Th .mt1noT,V
7ere Interrupted for 10 days to give
the Entente allies opportunity to state
whether they would Join In them. The
principal point in the Austro -German
tutlin of .peace terms was acceptance
of the Russian formula of no annexa
toins or Indemnities. v , ' .
Londoni : T)-. 31FW n.,r,
aeroplane, were destroyed or, put outiho, 8ld.,th.upott retirm!r. I8 nlSl
of action Saturday by the British, who
lost one of theirs. .
'"Two hostile machines were brought
down, in our lines on Saturday," says
an omcial statement here. '"A. third
-was brought - down In , the enemy's
lines. , Two , other hostile rnachines
wer driven down- out of control."
CAPT. PLATT AVERTS
His rood fortune- In having- reached
the scene of the fire and slowed down
saved -Daniel Ionahue, driver of En-,
jgine ;No..'10 from -beimp seriously ln
Juredi . tMsv morning; . when he was
thrown, from. his. seat while respond
ing to an alarm from. Box 437.
Donahue landed in a, heap of snow,
ani escated, with.'a,: mere bruise on
his eibow.. i H . fell , from 1 the ' engine
When it. crossed a bumper in the road
and one. Kt ..the. horses stumbled, J rag
pine ..him out .-of., his seat.. . Captain
Piatt, of ; Ensrtne . ,Company No. 2,
stopped the horses, and Donahue re-
mnA tm -sat -t - ' I . " '.
- :iV b .; i.
where someone had been ; searching
'In a closet wit lighted matches. Dam-
ata .mount9d to ijieut $30. '-; ; , -.
ONElLL CASE IS r
1 (Special tdThe-Farmer.) (
Hartford. Dec Sbrr-The case against
JJennis O'Nei 'of Bridgeport, charged
.with conspiracy -in connection with
"cashing a 'money, order, came up to
day but was postponed until Wednes
day, because not -more than half the
jury were-, in 5 attendance. The eold
weather delayed the appearance of the
Jurymen. ---r ''. ' -- - ; r .
John Berylski. chief witness for the
state, -who was missing, when the case
came up last week, was on hand this
morning. . He. . war found in New
York, through tha activity of men
connected with the office of Federal
District Attorney Thomas J. Spellacy.
It has not ,yet appeared . whether
charges of tampering with a witnesB
for the United States will be made
titw. anybody. . This is a serious
WARFARE IS RA
. Prying- open a rear window, bur
glars forced entry into the jewelry
store Of Frank Bolcbas, a? 249 Han
cock avenue, some time last night, and
stole goods-valued at $800, according
to a report filed in the detective bur
eau this morning. .. - .-.7 7.
An inventory made by Bolchas disr-
closed the fact that '. 35 gold-filled
watches, J 8 chains, J 4 bracelets, and
18 rings, tad been extracted from a
show-case and taken away; The bur
glars, left no clues i by which they
migm do traced.
lt'ta believed that the break was
the work of amateurs, as thev over
looked Jewelry' of t much, greater value
than that they carried off. They used
a Jimmy to. open the rear Window.
The matter is being investigated.
' Two other burglaries were reported
to ; DeteAive-Captain Cronan, , this
nornlng, one by Michael Schneider-
roan. rooming ai ttv i airneia avenue,
he left $120 Jn cash and $420 worth
of Jewelry on a " dresser, and this
morning awoke to find both gone. He
believed someone, had gained admis
sion to his room with a key.
. The Other Job was complained of
by .the Hungarian Club, whose estab
lishment at 226 -SOruce street was en
tered, and a quantity of liquors .
cigars taken. ,
NEW YEAR'S EVE
BE VERY LIVELY
' . V '' "'. '. I . Young Plude was removed at once
The war, the cold wave, the sugar to the Isolation hospital for treat
famine and the hundred and one ment, and precautionary steps' were
things which seem to Interfere with taken at the Nursery to stave off a
one's enjoyment this season will have possible epidemic of measles. The
little or no effect upon the hilarity boy 1 not in a dangerous condition,
which is scheduled, to break' loose and it is believed today that no. harm-
I port's hotels, TestauranU,
Vtheatres' not to r!"enV0? th! ?.ro"
""T;rr" th.e ,story ot
VIM. LAIJT . Lll V. 1 . IJLUII DUUU CI 11 J 1 1
bltious . effort to outdo Broadway,
"111 ole . Manhattan," and make the
bright lights of the empire city fad
into insignificance. Every taste will
be -.catered to and the ol-i as well as
the young wll have the "rip snorting"
time of their lives when they go down
well to Old Man Nineteen Seventeen ' ing. that she is now in the Bridge
and give the .glad "mlt" to the little jport hospital and likely to die.
Nineteen Eighteen. The woman is believed to be suffer-
Feverlsh activity is noticeable at ! lnjr from a broken law. and in addi
The "Stratiieid, where preparations tion has seals wounds .and painful
are being; made to accommodate 500
or more guests. The program pre
pared is probably one of the most
elaborate ever conceiyed in Bridge
port and will include everything from
soup to confetti. f . '
Terry Lee, manager of the cabaret
at the Atlantic Hotel, announces one
of the biggest progrmis he 'has ever
attempted, and will spring many new
surprises upon tne BUo guests wnlch
will Jam the big dining room tonight.
There will also be a big program
of entertainment at the Hotel Lor
raine anti. Annex, t
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With the advent of the
New -Year, this newspaper
will be published tomor
row and hereafter under
the new name of the
Bridgeport ' Times ' ' and
DR. F. F.I. WILSON,
DIES IN PANAMA
Dr. Frederick M. Wilson died- sud
denly . from - heart f failure' at Colon,
Panama, , today,' according-. to a tele
gram: -receved l' late '"today ' .at" the
Bridgeport, hospital," of which' institu
tion the deceased was (president. The
death of Dr. !Wllson comes as a great"
shock to the medical fraternity of
this city, as when he left about three
weeks ago he appeared to be in per
fect health. v - . - ,
Dr. Wilson was recognized as one
of the foremost eye specialists in the
TJnited States and his ability was
known in many (foreign countries. He
graduated and was awarded a degret
at Colby University, Maine, in 1871,
and graduated Xro-m Harvard Univer
sity in 1875. ' . :,' . - .-
'About three weeks ago Dr. Wilson
obtained passports in this city for
himself and daughter, Helen B. Wil
son, to go to Panama, where several
days ago ' the latter was married- to
James Robertson Murray, British
consul of Colon.: The wedding was
one of the most Important' social
events In Colon for several months.
IS ADMITTED TO
When nine-year-old Charles Plude,
of 39 Hudson street, applied to the
department of charities, several days
ago, for help for himself and three
small brothers and sisters, and was
granted admittance for all four to the j
City Nursery in Fairfield, neither the
boy himself nor the charities officials j
suspected !that he was 111. . I
Yesterday, however, a serious sit
uation presented itself at the institu
tion, when, the youngster was discov
; ered ' to be Suffering from measles,
' and to have been exposing the other
I children in the Nursery to the same
maladv. !" ' . (
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the children's home.
WOMAN'S JAW IS
KTfi VP! T7! VPT OTTQ
By the bursting of a waterJback in
her kitchen range, Mrs. Joseph Har
sen, of Lordshto Park. Stratford, was
burns and scalds about the body and
lesis. X-rav examination wil! be mads
this afternoon to determine .the true
extent of her injuries.
Mrs. jLarsen had .lust started a Are
ln her ranse when the explosion oc-
Curred. blowine the top of the range
irb bits. Fragments struckthe worm
I on the head and in various parts of
; the body.
Ths authorities are of the opinior
that the water in .the water-back was
frozen, and that tvhen the fire wa
lighted.' the sucldsnly . applied . heat
caused the exnlosion.
CONN.,MONDAY,DECEMBER 31, 1917
.Wheeler Says No Cause
For Alarm Exists Re
garding Food Situa
tion If People Main
tain Economical Meas-
. ures. '-'
' ' - -
D. Fairchild Wheeler, ' local
food conservation commission-
: er, jn a New Year's forecast giv
en 1 exclusively to The Farmer
for its readers said: "There is
no' cause for alarm in this sec
tion of the country as regards
the food supply. There is plen-
ty'of food and there will be no
famine conditions, or : condi
tions approaching this state, if
tho. people- will-not waste and 1
hope as a result of t';?5''state
ment, alarmist's -;' reports will
cease. , v -. . ... '. . .
When asked' regarding the profiteer-,
lng among: the dealers ' both large
and - small.' Commissioner. Wheeler
became very emphatic in his words
and said. "As far as any omcial in
Bridgeport can discover there ; has
not been a single case of profiteering
among the dealers and when I say
this I mean that there has not been a
single instance of complaint which
has been backed by sufficient evidence
to' warrant me to even investigate the
matter. - i -. ".. ,
. "If .there is any profiteering among
the food dealers it should be instantly
stopped and the profiteers punished
with the utmost severity, but what can
any official do if some party calls up
on the telephone to report .either
overcharging or hoarding when they
are not even willing to give their
own names or addresses. .
"If any citizen of this city come
across a case of overcharging- or
hoarding.it fs the duty of that citi
zen to report the matter but in writ
ing. His name will not be disclosed
unless the . dealer is found v to have
actually broken the law and then it
will' be only used to secure" convic
tion in the courts."
While the representative of The
Farmer s was in Commissioner
Wheeler's office someone called up on I
the Dhone and said his next door
neighbor had a. hoard of 160 pounds
of sugar but would not disclose his
identity, so he was told he would
have to "make his charge in writing,
whereuoon the informer hunsr. up
without leaving any trace as to -wlio
he was.' : :.- . :- : 7 . '
LACED AT 1,000
TJ-vlr TW 91 An Aatitnatft of
. ' j j .v. ,v- b--.1
1,000 persons dead in the earthquake
' . , T " i. fl
ruins in Guatemala City is ' contained
in a telegram receive here fr oin the
Central and South American Tele-
graph Co.'s manager In San Jose, Gua
temala, who returned to San Jose from
The message reads
"The legation and American consu
late are badly, wrecked, v . Forty1 per
cent, of the houses in the city are de
molished; moot of the others have
Collapsed and are uninhabitable. The
penitentiary, asylum and ministerial
buUd!ngsare all wrecked. The post
office and large churches are demol
"Martial Jaw has been declared and
several locters have been shot. The
pr'-sir'ent of Guatemala has ordered
the inhabitants of the city to leave.
Terriflc earthquake shocks continue at
Intervals of about five minutes. The
death toll is estimated at 1.000. All
telegraph wtres in the interior are
HOLVOKE MAN FINED
FOR RECKLESS BRfflNQ
Upon his plea of guilty, Samuel O.
Hoyt, of Holyoke, Mass., was fined
$25 and costs by Judge Frederick A.
Bartlett in the police court, this
morning, en a charge of reckless driv.
ng. Hoyt's automobile, on Novem
ber 9, struck Mrs. Viola Martin, of 171
irewster street, inflicting minor in.
1 lav Die
Man Arrested as a Drunk
is Fourid to Have Con
Frost Bite Cases Treat
ed; Warmer Weather
,,The back of the cold wave is
broken. ' ' .
Below-zero weather which
has prevailed for the past three
days, breaking all previous records-and
causing intense .suf
fering and hardship in this city
ana Jew, England is on the
wane, according to the official
report of"the weather observer,
and TelieMs in prospect, fgrjb; J
morrow., warmer, out cloudy
ahd with fSrobable snow,1 is the
forecast for New Years Day.
Bridgeport was severely hit! by the
exceedingly low1 temperature, which
prevailed here since late Friday night,
and to Bay' is Seeling keenly the ac
cumulated Effects of its experience.
Hundreds of families have been
without coal since the cold weather
commenced, and this morning made
vain attempts to obtain fuel with
which to make their homes livable.
Appeals to coal dealers brought no
response, and (numerous applications
were received at the Department of
Public Charities from even well-to-do
people, for. small; allotments of
coal, but supplies were not forthcom
ing. - ,. - . .
.. Several persons suffered physically
both as the result of exposure anu in
consequence of their homes being
without heat, and one mati is' today lit
St. Vincent's hospital, victim of
pneumonia, and expected to die. He
is Leslie' Slocum, a ship's carpenter,
aged-81, of 481 Brook street,
j,' This man was taken from the
streets by the police, yesterday noon,
and brought to a call at Headquarters,
where he was locked up in the belief
that he was drunk. . Examination by
Emergency hospital physicians, after
he had lain for more than' 12 hours,
revealed .his true condition, , and he
was taiqen to bt. vincenfs. .
Two frost-bite cases were treated at
the-Emergency hospital, Isadore Lerf
'man, of 201 Capitol avenue, being the
"rsi vicum. iis ears were irozen,
i yesterday, and Dr. Frank . E. Gavlas
i'had to.give. him-first-aid treatment to-
- restore them to their normal cqndL
tion. Albert Elwood, a '"trolley con
ductor, 18 years old, of 122 Parrott
avenue, also had frozen ears when he
applied for treatment, this morning.
The fire department bore a heavy
burden imposed by the cold weather.
responding to twenty alarms- between
the : hours of six o'clock ; yesterday
morningr and eleven this morning. Not
one of the flres they went to was seri-
ovs.i the heaviest damage amounting
to J200. Most of tije fires originated
from efforts to warm houses, thaw out
- Traffic of all sorts suffered consid-
! cl-"Jr ","""" wo-i. ua..ua
being delayed .and running far be-
. , , . . . ,
hind schedule trucks and automo-
; ,8taned . and Dlocked ln
; waystroll gervlce ,mpalred etCv
'. , ' . . J- ' "
ILL GOT PAY
OF R, R. HEADS
TO AID LABOR
Washington. Dec. 31. Pliins' for i
raising the pav of the rank and file
of railroad workers and. . reducing
exeoutlve offlclals wei.e discussed to-
day at a conference batwean Direc-
tor General McAdoo and tha federal
board f mediation and conciliation.
The board now' has befire if the penldi-
ing demands for wasre- increases.
rangine as high as '0 per cent, for the
four great brotherhoods.
It has -been well known for some
time that the government was dis-,
posed to grant same increase and the
railroad men in turn have given their
word that they will not attempt it
strike while th government is tak
ing hold of the railroad situation.
probably snow; not ouite so cold; light
north winds, becoming variable.
ESTIMATE BASED ON STATEMENTS OF
FUEL BOARD HEAD--800 MEN OUT
OF WORK TODAY 2 LOCAL FAC-
TORSES ALREADY CLOSE BEING 5
WITHOUT FUEL TO RUN
SEE NO RELIEF
Eight hundred men are today without employment and in
view of statements mime by Governor Holcomb and Carl F.
Siemon, chairman of the local fuel board, 10,000 Bridgeport ;
munition workers Wll be walking the streets within 10 days -as
a result of the failure of factories in this city to obtain fuel
with which to run their establishments. N"
Siemon stated today that the H. 0. Ganfield Rubber Co.,
and the Spring Perch Co., emplo ying a total of about 800 men
have closed down owingto lack of soft coal., To save fuel many,
of the larger factories closed their doors today and will not open
until Monday. . . ,. . ' "('.-. ' v :.
No immediate relief is forthcoming, according to Siemon,'
and from all appearances Bridgeport faces an economic condi
tion which threatens" every phase of its business, life:' Gover
nor Marcus Holcomb, now in Washington, aroused when the
actual conditions were' related to him 'made the following ur
gent demand to government officials: . . . .
-. -Conrieeticut -must' have , coal or thewill be nolnuni
tions.. Thousands of munition workers will be walking the
streets unless immediate shipments are made." , ; ..."
; Siemon in an interview saysr Thc situation is most v
acute. It is worse now than at any time sinee this com
mittee was established.: The critical stage will continue
through January arid February. ' Manufacturers might as
well get accustomed to closing
Holcomb has been' in Washington
for several days and despite bis de
mands no relief - has been promised
by the government and according to
Siemon .there is' no probability of the
condition changing before February.
February. ' Factory heads dedupe
from this statement "of the food head
that: the closing of their doors next
week. cannot be in .ny way prevent
ed . -. ' ' ''
The local fuel board had further
appealed to churches to hold but one
service; saloons are asked to- close at
9 o'clock in the evening and open at
8 o'clock in the morning and theatres
may be compelled to hold but one
performance a day. x
ThBj following firms admitted to a
Farmer representative today that
-they have coal only in sufficient
amounts to operate their factories for
a period of one week to 10 days:
Bryant Electric Co., American & Brit
ish Manufacturing Co. and the Loco
mobile works. . --; - '
A representative of the Locomobile.
Co. said today:. "We have enough
coal to last a week or seven days.
Tomorrow being a holiday we closed
today to save fuel." "s '
John C. Stanley, president of the
American & British . Co., ssaid: "The
shortage is very serious We have
enough to last three or four days."
Waldo C. Bryant of the Bryant
Electric Co., said: "We have only a
few days' supply. If we can't get coal
we may try other sorts- of fuel. " We
will not shut down until we absolutely
have to." According to Siemon the
Spring Perch Co. and the H. O. Can-
I field will suspend on Wednesday un-
less coal Is received before then.
Supplies of other factories includ
ine several of the larger ones are also
at a low ebb. , Siemon Is in constant
! Suits in which damages aggregating
W40.000-are claimed, have been flied
' . .
l against the city of Brlflgeport by the
Bdvrard DeV. Tompkins Co., Inc., al-
leging that the city, through its agents,
has forfeited contracts for the con-
' struction of bridges at Grand street
and East Washington avenue.
I It is claimed by the company that
! its profit upon the Grand street
(bridge should be J'O.000 and Mvoti the
East Washington avenue oriage z.s,
000. It also claims to have expended
upon the Grand sereot bridge tl60,000.
Juire Car Foster, of Foster fe'Mprgan,
represents the complaining -company1.
The c.o.mplaints set forth that in
May, 1916, contracts were entered fnto
between the company and the city of
Bridgeport for the construction of
bridges at' East Washington avenue
and Grand 'street, the former to cost
; about $143,825 to oomplete, and the
j latter $210,120, with extra work to be
fallowed amounting to $48,285
now as later."
conference with the Manufacturers''
association, 'which is employing all
possible influence to get relief but
without avail.. v
The city's electric lighting system is
in no -danger according to Charles H. '
Paul of the United Illuminating Co.,
who today said: "We have about
8,000 tons' of coal on hand'and are
getting it all the time." ' ..
The Remington Arms Co. and the
American Brass Co. are the only big
munition plants in the city which are
not threatened by the fuel lack. Local
manufacturers were of the opinion '
that the ice-bound condition of . the
harbor and the big quantities of the .
ice which hamper shipping in the out
er reaches of the Sound are in a meas
ure responsible for conditions.
. The 24 barges, however, were today
freed by -the tugs McCaffrey, Saluta
tion and McWilliaras, but the coal car
goes which ' they are carrying are
not consigned to Bridgeport dealers,
and the towing concerns refuse to
state to whom, or where they are
bound; . , ; -' s
It was stated that the . immense f
quantities ,of coal piled along the
Housatonic river's- west bank might
be utilized by some of the munitions
concerns-of this city. The coal Is own
ed by the American Brass Co. Local
factory heads this morning were anx-
ious to know just how much, coal was
stored on. the ' river bank and the
probability of their obtaining, some. ,
The Farmer got in communication
with Charles F. Brooker, president of
the American Brass Co. at Waterbury
and asked him if he would use his
good offices to alleviate local condi
1 tiens. He repliod as follows:
"That is , a-mot , serious question.
.'Continued on Pe S.) .
Immediately after the contracts
! were s'gned the coinpany was ordered.
according to its allegations, not to
proceed wlth the work in EaSt Wash-
ipcton avenue, and it has .never- been
ordered to do any work on that
; bridge. worK.on-tne lirana street
: bridge was commenced, but owing to
changes ot engineers oy tne city ana
other causes was delayed, the plaintiff
claims, ana aitnougn Dotn onages, ac-
cording to the contract, were to be
completed by Sept. 1, of 191?,! neither
was completed and one had. not. been
commenced. Sept; 3, the city declared
the contracts forfeited. s
The company alleges that it has
at all tims been diligent In carrying
out the terms of the contract, and the
failure to complete the work on time
is ' entirely the fault , of the city of
Bridgeport. Damages of S40.009 for
forfeiture of the East Washington
avenue bricige contract is claimed, and
I of $200,000 for forfeiture of the GrasI
1 street bridge contract.