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V0L5a NO: 308 CIVIL 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 roads. ,, 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 t...,. I 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 SERIOUS ACCIDENT 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 AGAIN CONTINUED 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 V RSHO EWELER L03TST . 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 CELEBRATION TO BE VERY LIVELY ENTE OF 7 QG ' . 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, IHICO O.I1U 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 BRIDGEPORT. fi ' : Farmer Readers, Your Attention! An Announcement 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 Farmer. DR. F. F.I. WILSON, m SPECIALIST, 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. 1EASLES VICTIM IS ADMITTED TO CITY'S NURSERY 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. !" ' . ( .v, - v. the children's home. WOMAN'S JAW IS FRACTURED WHEN KTfi VP! T7! VPT OTTQ OXKJVMU &A.rUVJUla 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 . ' OATEIrlLA CITY EARTH01IAKE TOLL . u 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 ished. - "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 again silent." 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. :,urles. Colo ssBVB Is Men; 1 lav Die - Man Arrested as a Drunk is Fourid to Have Con tracted Pneumonia; Frost Bite Cases Treat ed; Warmer Weather ; Tonight. ,,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 pipes, etc. - 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. 5wierally fairvtonisrht! Tuesday. 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.