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THE TBIEfi;, JA-MXARY 5, 1913
T4 THE BRIDGEPORT TI MES J'' and Evening Farmer. ' ' (FOUNDED 170.) f r Wished by Tl.o Farmer Publishing Co, 179 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, Conn. DAILY . . &0c liu nth, $6.00 per year fl WEEKLY.. ,1.00 Pr year In advanoe PHONE FHONE BUSINESS OFFICE i Barnum 120S GEORGE DEFINES THE WAR AIMS OF HIS NATION EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Barnum 1287 FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES Bryant. Griffith & Branson, New York, Boston and Chicago ; ' MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS '. The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the use for republication at all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper and also the local news published herein. SATCRDAT, JAN. 5, 1918. Till: CASE OF O'NEIL THE CASE of Mr. O'Neil, who has been sentenced to six months in jail, upon conviction of appropriating wrong fully the proceeds of a money order, will bring sympathy to many hearts. O'Neil has been an alderman of the city, he held a good position at the jail, had always led an upright life, and had oc copied many positions of public trust. There were reasons why he should receive consideration, and considering the severe nature of the offense, the Federal court was considerate. An error was made from the beginning in treating this case as a political affair. It is probable that more politicians ap proached the office of the district attorney in Hartford, to ob tain some disposition of the case, than had appeared for any other accused, in many years. The district attorney, in order to be true to his oath, had no recourse but to prosecute and let the jury bring in its verdict . ' - The factor which O'Neil had upon his side was his previous good character, and this the court took into consideration. Why such a man should slip into such an error is conjec tural. Manv will attribute his slip to the evil example of " Bridgeport's political machine, which, by corrupting the busi ness ethics of the community, creates in its followers a desire to takea profit by unethical means. The Wright Brothers, and Baby Doll, like Mr. O'Neil, suffered by too much reliance up on political influence. Political influence ceases substantially at the city court. It reaches little into the higher courts, and not at all into the Fed eral courts. 1 11 t ASKING AGAIN MAYOR WILSON has the lesson of Baby Doll in front of him. The Keystone club was but one of many, in which liquor is sold in and out of hours, and in which gamb ling is carried on. ' Any one of these clubs is the seat of a possible tragedy, and all of them are doing things that injure the city and delay the war work. , The County Commissioners have announced that when one f these dub is brought to court and convicted, through its own- Its license will be revoked. That is to say, after the riot is over, and the murder is committed, somebody will take no tice. ' 4 Who is going to take notice, before the event? Will the local authorities do it, whose business it is; or will they wait for the Federal authorities to do it? ers. GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP m T AJOR BROOKHART of Washington, Iowa, testifying be XV JL fore the Interstate Commerce Commission, Dec. 14, advocated government ownership of railroads, saying that both freight and passenger rates in this country are the highest in the world. The major was sound in his views, up to this point 'But when he was asked what the government should pay for the roads, he replied that they should pay a price equal to the average value of the securities during the 15 year period, pre ceding the taking. Here the major must study some more. That would b an exceedingly unfair way to fix a price. A fairer way would be to pay the value of the property actually used in the service of the public, as ascertained by a valuation. This way is more usual and has more precedent back of it TO CORRAL ALLEGED AGENTS OF THE KAISER (Continued from Papa 1.) oat& ta tha society, Waste wbtoh the Invest lent ton has bought to lieht so far Indicate that this vu the organisation which was denoweed as a treasonable institu tion br Governor Hjoteomfo. last (all, jrhea lie sooka of the vicious activi ties of the members in hampering the government in any manner possible and in some instances In an absolute ly open and fcrasen fashion, i Efamtrmm af the. eneaaisation in Hd- dlatawn hotly deny that they are in any war oooosad to the government and point oat the fact that Henry P. Bofenask. Jr.. the reeordliwr secretary for the Uiddletown branch -which is numbered 1(1 is serving in tha Na tional Armv at CamD Devens. He was one of the contingent from the MMkHetown district to too sent to Aver, Sohaeok's father, Henry P. Schneek, 41 Psentain avenue, is the financial secretary of the local branch. Hans Beamldt, Ul Grand street, an em ploy of tha Portland Bilk Co., is treasurer and Christian Hubner, is chairman. The Bridgeport officials of the or ganisation are Aupost Bennch, record ing secretary; Max Schmita, 223 ' Booth avenue, financial secreary, and Fred GeiniU, 91 North Washington avenue, treasurer. If wholesale arrests are ordered throughout the country it is estimated by officials that one of the biggest hauls In the history of German pro- oaranda will be uncovered and the acthorities are leaving1 no stone un turned to make tha reund-up a thor ough cleaning out of the thousands pf traitorous dachshunds who show the sratitaida they feel for the wealth. - comfort and security afforded then? fey this country by biting the hand that feeds them. The very fact that government agentsc are so reticent as to the na ture of the evidence which they dis covered in the branches raided so far. tends to show the intense gravity of the situation. But the few facts which have transpired have been sprung with such lightening like quickness that there is little chance of this or any other organization car rying to a successful conclusion the orders which are supposed to come from the vicinity of Potsdam. WASHINGTON IS IMPRESSED BY GEORGE SPEECH Washington, Jan. 5 Premier Lloyd-George's speech overshadowed an otner developments of the war today in official and diplomatic Wash ington and was regarded with the deepest attention everywhere, Official expressions were withheld generally, officials saying they pre ferred to examine tha full text of the speech. About the only thing any of them eared to intimate at the time was that the premier's speech seemed to "be leading np to the ex pected re-dsfinltion of war alms. It was apparent, however, that officials md diplomats alike realizing the pre mier's speech to be ef the deepest Bignifiranee and far reaching effect, desired to reserve any comment until after mature consideration of it. (Continued from Page 1.) pie from Turkev nor destroy Austria Hunearv. ' We are not fighting," he said, "to destroy Austria-Hungary or to deprive Turkey of its capital or the rich lands in Asia Minor and Thrace which are predominantly Turkish." Our viewpoint." the premier de clared. - "is that the adoption of a democratic constitution by Germany would Ibe the most convincing evi dence that the old spirit of military domination was dead, but that is a question for the German parole to decide." The basis of anv territorial settle ment must be croverned with the con sent of the governed, the premier as serted. As regarded the German constitu tion, Mr. UoyQ-Georsre said Great Britain was not fishtinsr to destroy it, although it regarded a military, autocratic tinstituti.on as a dangerous anachronism. After his reference to the desirabilitrv of the adaption of a democratic constitution by Germany he continued: 'The days of tha treaty of Vienna are long past We can no longer sub mit the future of European civiliza tion to the arbitrary decisions of a few negotiators striving to secure toy chicanery or persuasion the interests of this or that dynasty or nation. Therefore government with the con sent of the iroverned must be the ba sis of anv territorial settlement." Referrine. to the pronouncement made on Dec. 25 bv Count von Czer- nin. the Austro-Hungarian foreign minister, at the Brest-Xatovsk peac conference, the premier said; "It is impossible to believe any permanent peace could be erected on such a foundation. Mere lip service to the formula of no annexation, no indemnity ami self-determination is useless." Premier IJovd-Getree said that in dependent Poland comprising all gen; uinely Polish elements who desired to participate was an urgent necessity for the stability of western Europe. Speakins with regard to the dispo sition of the German colonies, the premier said: They are held at the disposal of a conference whose decision must have pricary rrard to the wishes and in terests of their native inhabitants. Nobody who knows Prussia and her designs toward Russia can doubt her ultimate intention," Mr. Lloyd George said. "Whatever phrases she uses to delude Russia she does not mean to surrender any of the Rus sian provinces and cities now occu pied. Under one name or another they will henceforth be part of the Prussian dominions, ruled by the Prussian sword and the rest of the Russians will be enticed or bullied in to complete economic and ultimate political enslavement." Reparation means recognition - the premier said. "Unless internation al right is recognized by insistence on payment for injury done in defiance of its canons, it can never be a real ity. Next comes the restoration of Serbia, Montenegro and the occupied parts of France, Italy and Rumania. The complete withdrawal of alien ar mies and reparation for injustice done is the fundamental condition of a per manent peace." The prime minister said democracy in Great Britain would stand to the last by the democracies of France and Italy. "We should be proud to fight to the end," he declared, "side by side with the new Russian democracy. So would America, France and Italy. But if the present rulers of Russia act independently wo have no means to arrest the catastrophe. Russia can only be saved by her own people." "We mean to stand by the French democracy to the death," he con tinued, "in the demand the French make for a reconsideration of the great wrong of 1871 when Alsace-Lorraine was torn away from them. This sore has poisoned me peacom ai ope for half a century and until it is cured healthy conditions cannot De restored." TVe regard as vital," said the pre mier, "the legitimate Claims oi meir own race and tongue. Wo also mean to press that Justice be done to the men of Rumanian blood' and speech." "If thesec onditions were fulfilled, Austria-Hungary would become a power whose strength would conduce to the permanent peace and freedom of Europe instead of being an instru ment of the pernicious Prussian mili tary autocracy." The premier said the first require ments always made by the British and their allies had been complete restoration of the political, territorial and economic independence of Bel glum, and such reparation as could be made for the devastation of its towns and provinces. This was no demand for war indemnity, but in sistence on the fact that before there could be any hope of stable peace this great breach of public law in Eu rope must ber epudiated and, as far as possible, repaired. 1108 MAIN ST. ; (l "Correct Dress for Misses and Women." ur Sale Annual Clearance Begins Monday January 7th This sale presents to the public an opportunity to secure merchandise, distinctive in character and excep tional in quality, at most advantageous prices. v Owing to war conditions some arcticles Will be radically reduced, while others will only show a mod erate reduction. The shortage of certain staples are well known, but as yet few people realize the shortage of fine wool ma terials. As has been our custom in the past, each day in the week will be devoted to different departments. onday will be Goat Day M Coats from $10.95 tip 'Don't Miss It." NO CHARGES. NO MEMO'S. POLICE FORCE TO -CANVASS HOUSES IN QUEST OF GOAL (Continued from Page One) fers a plan to defeat the greedy deal ers, who, taking advantage of the present situation, are charging $17 for a cord of wood, whereas $8 has been a fair price. The company offers 6,000 cords of wood, to be cut at any length desired by the committee, which it will give for $6 a cord at the Botsford station. The committee is planning some meajis of transporta tion. It has been suggested that the military automobile fleet, at the com mand of the Council of Defense, be brought into action. Conservation orders will be pushed to the limit. "Lightless nights" will be strictly enforced, and in this con nection, it is advocated to shut off all non-essential lights six night a week. leaving Saturday night for full illumination. Curtailing saloon and theater hours and closing some churches i3 'being considered for immediate action. The saloonkeepers, represented by the Bridgeport Beer. Wine and Liquor Dealers' association will meet at 7:30 o'clock tonight with the fuel commit tee, When some definite arrangements will be made. The Pastors' associa tion still refuses to heed the order, clinging to their de3ire to see the sa loons closed first. Plans are being materialized by the theater managers. The matter of pooling coal is due to drop into oblivion. It will be quelched at a meeting of the fuel committee and the Chamber of Com merce tonight. Speaking of the prop osition today, Chairman Siemon said, "I don't think the pooling system will become effective. We can't pool what we haven't got and must confine our efforts to getting coal into the city. Then we will talk about pooling." W. F. Severn, detailed to investi gate the pooling system in Detroit, is on his way to that city,, but it is be lieved he will be called back at the first opportunity. Dennis Kelly, sealer of weights and Measures, has been appointed by the committee to have full charge of the distribution of hard coal in bags of 16 and 125 pounds each. According to reports received by the committee, barge loads of hard and soft coal headed for this city are tied up in ice clogs at various ports. Warmer weather is relied upon alto gether to get more here. ' The secretary of the Pedlars' as sociation complained today that the Sprague Ice & Coal Co., which he al leges has plenty of coal, refused to give any to eight peddlers who applied at the yards today. After being crowded and pushed in the line of fuel seekers at the fuel committee's office this morning, Mrs. Sebastian Ponichol of 87 Clarence street went to the street for a breath of air and fell exhausted as she reached the sidewalk on Golden Hill street. She was revived at the Manu facturers' Liability hospital and re taking her place in lino, fainted after standing a few minutes. Three other women were treated for hysteria after they had waited, in line for more than three hours. Their names were not recorded. Mrs. Raphael Ladrian of 880 Main street in her appeal for coal said there was a person suffering from pneumonia in her household and that she was absolutely without coal. As her appeal was received over the tel ephone the committee will investi gate and if the case warrants imme diate relief will be supplied. Regarding the proposed action to bring relief to the poor who are with out coal. Superintendent Redgate said today: "I believe that by such a plan we will be able to render val uable assistance. It will enable us to know where surplus coal is held on hand, and where it can be put to best use." RADrORPR. SjVjITH FAIRFIELD AVE. VARIETY STORE BROAD ST. CO-OPERATIVE 0411 fare for customers PROFIT SHARING WITH EMPLOYES These handsome cretonnes are a yard wide and some of them have sold as high as twenty-nine cents. At this price they are cheap enough to make com fortables of as ten yards makes a large one. Plenty of Cotton Batting, 18c, 20c, 22c, 25c up to the big ones that fill a comfortable. COUPON GOOD MONDAY, JAN. 7 ANY OF OUR BEST CRETONNES With Coupon Monday 18c AN AID TO HEALTH PURE WATER A healthful drink which is absolutely uncon tamiiiated by impurities of any kind. State License No. 10. BOTTLED DAILY. DELIVERED DAILY. Telephone 3802-12. W. M. LANE, Distributor of HIGHLAND SPRING WATER R. F. D. NO. 2, BRIDGEPORT, CONN. FAMILY OF FOUR OVERCOME BY GAS AT NEW BRITAIN . New Britain, Jan. 5. Paul Porusso, his wife and three small children were found unconscious in their home at the rear of 48 Lafayette street here early today b,y neighbors. They had been overcome by gas during the night. The family occupied one room for sleeping quarters and depended on a gas stove for heat. The rubbe tube broke, allowing the gas to escapr into" the room. They will recover. HEAR ARGUMENTS OF SUFFRAGISTS AND OPPONENTS Washington, Jan. B-Members of tha house committee conducting hear ings on the proposed woman suffrage amendfent were ready today to hear arguments from both sides. Antl suffragists, including members of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, and advocates of the amendment who are members of the National Woman party have sigified intention to testify. Colonel Osborn's Daughter Married to Naval Officer New Haven, Jan. 5 The marriage of Miss Katharine Osborn, daughter of Col. Morris G. Osborn, to Ensign Chandler Bennitt, IT. S. N., was sol emmzed at St. John's Episcopal church by the rector, the Rev. Stew art Means, today. The bride had four attendants and the best man was Lieut. Ralph Gordon, U. S. A-., of Brockton, Mass., a classmate in Tale n 1915. NEUTRAL NORWAY LOST 22 OF OF HER SHIPS IN DECEMBER London, Dec. 5 In December 22 Norwegian ships with a total gross tonnage of 32,755 were lost in consequence of war measures, the Norwegian legation announced today. Seventy- five lives were lost. Paris, Jan. 5 "Active artillery fighting occurred during the night in the region south of Gorbeny and on the left bank of the Meuse, near Avocourt wood," says today's official report. "North of St. Mihiel enemy detachments which attempted to capture a French post suffered appreciable losses under our fire without attaining any result. Another German effort, in the region of Flirey, met the same fate. We took prisoners. "Everywhere else the night was calm." London, Jan. 5 "A raid attempted by the enemy during the night in the neighborhood of HoHebeke was repulsed with out loss by our troops," the war office reports. "Another hos tile raiding party succeeded in rushing one of our posts east of Zonnebeke. A few of our men are missing." ADVERTISE IS THE TIMES SAYS STATE IS IN NEED OF MILK STATION SYSTEM New Haven, Jan. 6 Distributing stations for milk are needed to keep down the price of that food, Health Officer P. w. Wright declared to day in discussing the aetien of Food Administrator Scoville in fixing the price at 15 cents a quart. Mr. Wright said that his study of the matter had led him to the conclusion that han dling and distribution of milk were big factors in the cost, and if milk were bought at distributing stations Lthe price could bo moch lower. The i. : ' figure fixed by the administrator, he thought, was sure to work hardships. Burns Detective Agency Opens Here The William J, Burns International Detective agency today opened an of -fice at room fios Security building, 1,115 Main street, which win Ibe head quarters for the entire state, Rhode Island and trart of Massachusetts. George M. Jaouin is manager and Harry F. Tarkin is treasurer of the local office. Floods In Siara, the worst sine 18S1, are devastating the country. WINTER TOPS FOR FORD CARS I now have a complete stock of the long-talked of De troit weather-proof winter tops for your Ford. I have one mounted at my Service Station, at 141 Cannon Street, and invite you to call and inspect same. DUTEE W. FLINT LACK OF MOTiV POWER BLAMED FOR CONGESTION Abnormal trafflo and insufficient motive power on the Pennsylvania, Baltimore & Ohio and Erie railroads are mainly responsible for the freight congestion In eastern territory, ac cording to reports today to Director General McAdeo from Interstate Commerce Commissioner - McChord. West of Pittsburgh practically the orly congestion is caused by the in ability of eastern roads to accept trafflo and move it eastward. A great quantity of westbound empty cars conseq-uentlyare held up by the east bound movement. In New England and in districts about New York hundreds of locomo tives are disabled and have not been repaired as promptly as commission inspectors believe they might have been. In Boston the New Haven road is badly crowded with ex cess freight, but the Boston & Albany is in much ibetter condition. This situation nromnted the sugges tion that freieht should be re-routed over the less congested line. In Chicago inspectors continue to report no seriouB contention, and the Baltimore railroad there is handling try, was the first only about 90 raer cent, of ltd trafflo volume one year asro. In St Louis conditions are reported excellent and repairs to locomotives and care are made promptly. Congestion is Cleveland. Toledo, Co lumbus and Indianapolis is caused al most entirely for the Inability of the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania to more tsaJns throtwh the Pittsburgh freight lam. The Baltimore & Oiiio la reported short of locomotives at Jtiiladetohia, PrttsbuTB. Cleveland, the CUmfberland region and a number of 'Other points. WOMAN WITH 2 TONS IN BINS, PURLOINS COAL Hartford. Jan. t ffllrs. ' Martha, Grail, owner of a 13.000 house . and havinsr two tons of eoal in her cellar, : was fined SIO in the police court to day for the theft of a ba of coal from a car in the railroad yard PROBE AMERICAN PLAN OF BUYING ARMY SUPPLIES Washington, V Jan, E. Amerioaa methods , in fouyine army supplies. compared with those of allied gov-1 ernments was taken up by the sairatew investigating eommittee today, - Wil- liam B. Banti, purchasing agent o , the Italian government in this eeuiw.