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The 'Weather Report VYf
Wow: Haven, Jan. 6 For
Bridgeport and vicinity. Pair
tonight; Sunday partly cloudy
and. warmer. . .
VOL. 54 NO. 5
rSlavs' Foes Insist on
Sea Fleet, Removal of
riiyiLU feMuJUM rill iiMli;
(Hi PARI 1
: III TPII D -DtEA -TCel 11 EEP PI180E1S
Weeks, and Re-establishment of Old Frontier
Lines Would Retain Own Forces Because of
War Against Entente and Seeks Indemnity for
Losses Suffered by Individuals One Clause
Asks Guarantee of Persia's Integrity.
London, Jan. 5 Free passage of the Dardanelles for Rus
sian ships, Russian evacuation of Turkish territory and the de
mobilization of the Russian Black sea fleet are provided for in
the draft of Turkish peace terms presented to Russia, accord
ing to an Exchange Telegraph Co. dispatch from Petrograd.
Turkey, it is provided, is to retain her active armv in conse
quence of the continuation of
The main points In the draft pre
sented by the Turkish delegates are
given in the dispatch as follows:
1. Frontier lines to remain as be
fore the war.
z. witnin two years ox iae eoncra
sion of peace the contracting: parties
shall conclude a convention respect
ing sea trade and consulates.
!. War losses Incurred by Individ
uals to be refunded.
4. Guarantees to be 'given for the
territorial Integrity and development
ef Persia on the basis of her entire
5. Free passage to be granted to
Russian ships passing through the
Iardnelles and the Besohorus.
6. Mobilisation within limits to be
permitted for national defense.
7. Busela to undertake to remove
her armies to territory within the
previous Russian borders in six or
eight weeks after signing the peace
agreement, leaving only one division
to safeguard her frontier,
S. Russia to demobilise her army
f special Armenian units, and to de
mobilize the Black 6ea navy,
I. Turkey to retain her aetire
army in sonssquenee of continuation
of war agamst the Entente.
DougJas, Avis- Jan. 5. Three Mex
icans were trilled and four were cap
tured by members of a trooo of Unit
ed States cavainv in a fisht two miles
outh of the Mexican border which
followed a raid -yesterday ly Mexi
cans who surorised two American
enlrfipra at thft 43tatwht.p4 TT! neb 9ft i
miles east of here, and took them pris
oners across the line.
No American was killed) er wounded
In the fiirhfc The American soldiers
were successful in rescuing their cap
tured comrades.
New Britain, Jan. S Detectiyes to
day said that David Anderson, aged
23, arrested here late yesterday, had
in his possession maps of New Britain
end New York and bluep rints of ma
chinery in the factories of the Colt
Patent Firearms Co. of Hartford and
the New Britain Machine Co. Ander
son is. a native of Sweden and has
been in this country since January,
J91T. The police say he told them
he had been sent to America to ob
tain trade secrets and that his ability
4i i draughtsmen facilitated his er
rand. Anderson's explanation is not satis
factory to the authorities and he has
ieen given into custody of federal of-
fleers, who have taken him to -Hart-j
ford on the ground that he might :
1e a German spy. Ha received $200 :
from Sweden a short time ago but
Insists that it was sent by the per
son who employed him to come to
this country in quest of American
manufacturing methods.
Hartford, Jan. g Mrs. John T.
Roberts of this city, daughter-in-law
pf former Gov. Henry Roberts, has
received from Lady Arthur Paget,
titled English woman, a personal let
ter thanking her for her co-operation
to Ajaerlcan-Bitiah-Seiiaa roUef.
: 1 .
Demobilization of Black
Invading Army in Eight'
war against the Entente.
Serious consequences from exposure
to cold threatened nineteen children,
inmates of the City Nursery, in Fair
field, when the inadequate heating
system with which the institution is
equipped failed to radiate sufficient
warmth, yesterday afternoon, and
permitted a steam boiler to freeze to
bursting point.
Not only the boiler, but water pipes
and pipes connected with the steam
plant, were frozen, and the water
escaping from the boiler partly flooded
One of the rooms before it was turned
off. This water also froze.
The children were hastily trans
ferred from the Nursery to Hillside
Home, where a vacant dormitory was
prepared for their accommodation,
and they suffered no ill-effects from
their experience. Had not the spact
at Hillside been available, however,
the children might have been in con
siderable danger.
The only permits issued by the
Board of Building- Commissioners last
night were to the Remington Arms
& Ammunition Company for the erec
tion of two one-story storage houses,
which it is said will each be 250 feet
in length. The value of the new
buildings is $113,000. which repre
sents the total amount of new build
ings in this city for the entire week.
Failure of the Standard Oil Co.'s
heavy boats to bring the much needed
lubricating oil to the local plants has
exploded, the hopes held out by the
shipping men for a channel to be
broken through the Ice which con
tinues to hold the entire harbor In
its grip.
Harbor Master Lamoad expected
the big boats to arftve last evening,
but this morning learned that owing
to the almost impassable condition
of the waters around New York and
in the Sound the Standard Oil Co. de
cided to send the oil needed for
Bridgeport by rail instead of by boat.
When the above facts became
known to local manufacturers it was
decided to get the power saws to
work and cut a channel through the
Ice which in places has reached the
thickness of 14 inches. Work was
started early this morning at Yellow
Mill Bridge cutting a channel to the
City Conl & Ice dock. Good pro
gress is being made by a large force
of workers and it is expected to have
a dear passage before tonight.
A report along the water front, that
TRAPS 100;
Wilkesbarre. Pa.. Jan. 6. One hun
dred men and boys were trapped in
the Barnum mine of the Pennsylvania
Coal Co. in PIttston today when the
middle vein cved in, letting down
thousands of tons of coal and rock.
The main eamrwav was not entirely
cut off and most of the imprisoned
workers got out safely. About 20
were slightly hurt and. there remain
behind the fall soven miners of whom
the comnanv officials can get no
trace. ' .
The Pittsourerh station of the bu
reau of mines when informed of the
explosion . in the Barnum - mine . in
Pittston. announced that an engineer
tif the KSKOartment wbo-wia in Scran-
ton had, been ordered to Pittston.
If a bomb shell had exploded in
their midst, members of the detective
bureau eould have been no more as
tounded than when a man describing
himself as John Carayinis, of 198
Railroad avenue, walked Into Cap
tain Cronan's office, this morning,
and announced that Christ had tried
to shoot him.
For a while it was thought that the
man was insane, and Blight become
violent, and Captain Cronan was
about to send fur a straight-jacket
when the visitor explained that the
attempt upon his life had been made
by a man named Christ, who lives in
a house at Froseect and Bread
Carayinis said that he was standing
wth Christ at Broad street and South
avenue when the latter drew his re
volver and tried to shoot. The in
tended vietim snatehed the gun away,
and it was in turn taken from him
by a third person. Christ then turn
ed upon the third man, and .seizing
the gun, ran away.
Poliee officers later Bearched for
Ihira, but without sueeess, and de
tectives are now investigating.
Quebec, Jan. 5 Four American
steamers which were caught In the
ice fields off Cape Chatte several
days ago are as yet undamaged, ac
cording to word received from that
place today. Cape Chatte is ' on the
south bank of the St. Lawrence river,
northeast of Quebec.
the tug McWilliams with two coal
laden barges in tow was on her way
to Bridgeport from New York caused
sensation, but no word has been re
ceived as to what time she is expect
ed to arrive. She was passed by the
S. S. Naugatuck, and was having a
hard time smashing her way through
the ice moving ait a snail's pace.
It was also reported that a large
passenger steamer was stalled in the
ice out on the sound and was strug
gling vainly to free herself from the
frozen mass.
If relief does not come within a
very short while it is expected that
power saws will be put to work on a
large scale and an effort made to saw
the boats loose from their "present
The fleet of the Bridgeport Towing
Company is rapidly being put back
into working shape and all the boati
are now equipped with heavy steel
shoes on their bows. Officials of the
company say that they look for a gen
eral breaking up of the ice Jam within
the next few daB if the weather holds
to the
and Evening Farmer
Band of 200 Persons in
Bridgeport Who Are
Sworn Not to Enter
Service of U. S. To Be
Corralled, Authorities
The huge mass of literature
and correspondence seized at
310 Fairfield avenue, the head
quarters of the Workmen's
Sick and Death Benefit Society,
by federal agents yesterday,
has been sent to District Attor
ney Thomas J. .Spellacy at
Hartford, to be translated and
the arrest of 200 is expected in
this city by Federal agents mo
mentarily.. : .
As a result of the expose of
the alleged traitorous oath of
the society which was publish
ed exclusively in The Bridge
port Times yesterday a nation
wide round-up of the thou
sands of members in Connecti
cut and ' the 100,000 or more
members scattered throughout
the entire country is expected.
Department of Justice officials re
fused to discuss the matter in any de
tail when seen at the Federal building
today, but Intimated that big results
are expected as a result of the investi
gation which is now being carried on
by federal ' agents all over the coun
try into the affairs of this society.
No arrests have been made in
Bridgeport but the officers and mem
bers of the society to the number of
mors than 200 are all known and the
authorities will have no difficulty in
placing their hands upon the ones
wanted when the signal for the gen
eral round-up is flashed from head
Simultaneous with the raid by fed
eral agents in Bridgeport headquar
ters of two branches of the soeiety
in New Britain were entered by the
authorities and a great mass of evi
dence obtained. All the literature
printed in foreign languages is being
translated by government experts.
Everything that would indicate con
nection with the soeiety. was seized.
The homes as well as the offices ef
the executives of the organization in
New Britain were) viaited ibv t-ha de
tectives and according to advices re
ceived in Brideeuort it is expected
startling revelations will be made
when the authorities are ready to ex
pose their hand.
It was learned) that Anthony Baeh
man. now a member of the regular
New Britain -oolice force, and one
time jwesident of the German foranch
of the society, was es&ellea frem the
organization when it became known
that he feeearne a member of the su
pernumerary force in violation of his
(Continued on Page 6.)
Washington, Jan. 6 The high cost
of livin'g is on the downward trend,
according to a statement today of the
bureau -of labor statistics, which says
the retail prices of food as whole for
November was 1 per cent, less than
in October. ' Of standard articles, 12
showed decreases, four remained sta
tionary in price, and 11 increased. The
question of whether a continuance ef
the decline may be expected was not
touched upon by the bureau.
Washington, Jam. 5 New plants
for war products win be located in
the middle west, according to plans
of the war department which became
known today. Congestion in the east
made it necessary to use untapped re
sources beyond the Allegheaies, while
at least 200 miles from the seaboard
Is regarded as a good strategic posi
tion. Complete satisfaction with the pro
gress of the air craft program is ex
pressed by officials of the air craft I
JAN. 5, 1918
British Premier Says
England Will Stand
by France to Death in
Alsace-Lorraine Dis
pute Adopts Stand
Taken by President
London, Jan. 5 Premier
Lloyd-George, addressing the
trade unions today on the sub
ject of war aims, said that only
the clearest, greatest and most
just of causes could justify the
continuance, even for a day, of
"this unspeakable agony of na
tions." "We ought to be able to state
clearly and definitely not only
the principles for which we
are fighting but their definite,
concrete application to the war
map of the world.
"Wo have arrived at the most crit
ical hour of this terrible conflict, and
before any government takes the fate.
ful decision as to the conditions under
which it oueht to either terminate or
continue the Mruexto 4t should bo
satisfied that the conscience of the na
tion is behind these conditions."
IJoyd-Ceonra said that during: the
last few,, dams he had Tmeen special
pains to ascertain the views and the
attituHis of renresentative men of all
sections of thought in the country.
H had read the statement of labor's
war aims, he continued, and had dis
cussed the snWect of war aims with
former Premier Asouith and with
Viscount Grey. Had the Nationalist
leaders in Ireland not been engaged
with the taneled fprotuem of Irish
self-government he would have' been
happy to exehanere views with them.
He also bad consulted representatives
of Great Britain's overseas domin
As a result of these discussions,
said Mr. Lloyd-George, although the
government alone was responsible for
the janguaee he oroeosed using, there
was a national agreement as to tne
character and wuroose of the nation's
war aims and -oeace conditions. He
was speaking therefore not merely the
mind of the e-ov-ernment. but the mind
of tha nation and the empire.
Wo are not flebtins- a war of ag
gression aeamst tae German people,
declared the premier. "The destruc
tion or disruption ef Germany or the
German people has never been a war
aim with us since the first day of the
war to now. The British ueople never
aimed at breaJunfr up the German
pe&ole or the disintegration of their
state. Our wish is not to destroy
Germany's ereat nosition In the world,
tout to turn her aside from schemes of
militarv domination to evote her
strength to fcenifieent tasks."
The Tjremier declared Great Britain
was not fishtinff to take Oonstantino-
(Centinued an Page 6.)
Hast seen standing in line at the
fuel administrator's office in the
Stratfield building, waiting to get a
card that would entitle him to coal.
Joseph E. Houston, of 683 Myrtle
avenue, disappeared shortly after 6:15
o'clock yesterday morning, and has
net been heard from sinee.
Members of his family reported his
absence to the detective bureau, this
morning, and search is "being made
for the man. His relatives are utterly
at a loss to account 1'or his disap
Mexico City, Jan. 5-If the enemy
proposes a separate peace, no matter
how advantageous, Japan will reject
it, Baron Fugitaro Otori, the new Jap
anese minister to Mexico, declared
yesterday in a statement concerning
the attitude of his country. Japan,
he said, would remain on the side of
the Allies and was co-operating in the
war to her full extent. Being one of
the signatories of the treaty of Lon
don, Japan, the minister added,
would not look on that treaty as a
crap-of paper. .
Four Women Become Hysterical at Fuel Office and
Are Taken to Hospital Only 2,000 Tons of
Soft Coal on Way to City and Fac
tories Despair of Enough Aid.
Fifty thousand skilled workmen who feared being thrown
into the street, as a result of the inability of the plants in which
they are employed to obtain coal, are today breathing easier as a
result of the report that 50 carloads of fuel for factories will ar
rive in this city for use in plants Monday. -
This by no means, however, is a sufficient supply, and the
2,000 tons will only be sufficient to keep the plants going Mon
day. More must arrive immediately if the industries are to
keep running. - .
Three more names were added to
the list of gas-poisoning victims in lo
cal hospitals, today, when Myor and
William Abramovitch, of 629 Colorado
avenue, and Frank Aiello, a 14-year-
old schoolboy, of 97 Booth street, were
asphyxiated by the deadly fumes.
The Abramovitch brothers are in St
Vincent's, while the Aiello boy is in
Bridgeport hospital, and all three are
In a dangerous condition, with little
hope held out for their recovery.
Failure of an automatic electric gas-
lighter to work properly was respon
sible for the predicament in which the
Abramovitches were found, at 8:45
o ciock mis morning. Tfte men are
plumbers, and working in a bouse at
4803 FairfleM. avenue, yesterday, were
busy until so late an hour that the
people for whom they were working
invited them, to spend the night with
They were assigned to a large front
room, and beforo retiring, tried to
make a light 'by pulling the chain
whieh worked the electric points.
Their efforts, had no effect, and they
decided not to bother, but go to bed at
During the night the gas eseaped
slowly from the jet, which they had
failed to close, and filled the room,
suffocating them. They were uncon
scious when found this morning, but
were restored to consciousness upon
being removed to the hospital. Their
condition, however, is serious.
The Aiello boy was overcame in his
father's shoe-repair shop, opposite
their home in Booth street The lad
went to the shop about 7 o'clock this
morning, to relieve his father for
breakfast, and failed to detect the
odor of the fumes escaping from a
broken gas pipe. He collapsed, and
was unconscious when his father, re
turning later, fouwd him. Dr. Louis
Stmensen was called, and the Emer
gency hospital was notified, the ambu
laneo taking the bey to the Bridgeport
Washington, Jan. 6 The common
belief that country boys are superior
' liiubb oi me city is net suDDorted
by the records of the selective draft, I
A special comparison made bv thn
provost marshal general's office be
tween 10 large cities and 10 rural
counties in various parts of the coun
try show that of 35,017 registrants in
the selected cities, 9,969 were reject
ed, while out of 44,463 registrants in
the rural areas, 12,432 were disquali
fied. ,
The result was v.i .u ii; a tie as
28.47 per cent, of the city boys were
rejected, as against 27.96 per cent of
the country boys. . I
"The country lad," says Sen, Crow
der's report, accustomed to hard phy
sical labor, may be more muscular
than, his city cousin, but he is not
superior in the possession of the de
gree of physical soundness essential
to his acceptance as a soldier."
For the first time in history, solid
trains of coal were being .. rushed
through the Union passenger station
at Columbus, O., with the right of
way over all other service.
The Want Columns
C3astSd adverfisingr la
this newspaper is effeettv,
no matter what yrra may de
siro to advertise. Try tt onoa
and aee.
The anthracite situation has improv
ed. Police Superintendent John H.
Kedgate this morning stated to a rep- -raesentatlve
of The Times that he is
about to confer with the fuel board
and will follow the example of the
New York authorities to get coal for
needy families.
The police will make house-to-house
canvass of homes on their pa
trols and win ask each femfl.y if C-!?
have enough fuel supply to admit of
their selling a smaU quantity to those
without coal. The information will
immediately be reported to the fuel
board which in turn will inform appli
cants. The prospective purchaser
can then arrange to proeure the coal
from the family willing to sell.
The fuel board received a telegram
this morning stating that the 50 car
loads of soft coal would arrive in
Brdgeport tonight, having left the !
Harlem river yards early this mora- j
Ing.i The fuel committee today start- !
ed a drive for more soft eoal with re- i
newed vigor.
Relief for the .domestic shortage .
is coming in" from all sides. Untold i
sufferings were revealed today as!
more than 1,000 persons besieged the !
fuel committee's office in the Stnat- ,
field building. Because of the dis- i
order of the last few days, a squad of
police in charge of Captain John S-
gan and Eerst. James BuraeL were i
deailed to the office.
During the crowding and rushing i
four women became hysterical and j
were treated at the Manufacturers' j
Liability hospital, opposite the com-
mittee office. The line started to j
form at 5 o'clock this morning when !
4wo women appeared and clung dose
tc the office door. They started '
coming in groups up to 8 o'cioek j
when, Captain Regan estimates, there '.
were 600 persons in the halls.
A barge of anthracite coal was com
mandeered by the committee in the
harbor yesterday and towed to the
docks of the Wheeler & Howes Co. j
for distribution under the eommit- i
tee's supervision. The American i
Brass Co. offered the committee to- .
day two carloads of nut eoal in ex
change for the same amount of egg
coal. Other shipments, by barge and
rail, are headed for the city, but are
delayed by railroad difficulties and
the condition of Sound navigation,
The Manufacturers' association in
aiding the committee is workimr to
arrange deliverv facilities, i which at
present greatly handicap the retail
dealers. Clarence E. Bilton, presi
dent of the Bilton Machine Tool Co.,
also head of the Manufacturers' asso
ciation, offers the use of two automo
bile trucks and hopes others will fol
low suit.
The Bridgeport Hydraulic Co. of
(Contir.ued on Page 6)
Appealing ior an immediate sub-.
Ply of furnace coal today, Mrs. Emily,
ber of one of Bridgeport's oldest and
best known families, toid the fuel
committee today that Dr. B, M.
Tukey, 429 State street, had offered
her his home as a haven of comfort
for herself, mother-in-law and daugh-
ter, the latter two being under a- phy
sician's care. She said she had ob
tained a half ton ef coal through, the
committee and it had been delivered,
but could not be burned in the fur
nace. Willis F. Hobbs, president of the
Bridgeport Hardware Co., appeared
in person at the committee's office
and said he had 20 employes in hiq
factory who are m dire need of fuel,
He complained that saloonkeepezs in
the West End are being favored and
that in two cases he knew to be posi
tive two saloons had been given eight
and five tons respectively during the
fast week. He declared the Manu
facturers' association of which ho i4
a member, would insesUf&ta tbi

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