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The Weather Report For Bridgeport and vicin ity: Fair tonight and Wed nesday; moderate west winds. VOL. 54 NO. 25 EST. 1790 TO EART Three Germans Burned to Death Fifty-Four Non-Combatants Killed. London, Jan. 29 About 15 German aeroplanes, of which four or five reached London, took part in the first of two raids on London last night, it is announced officially. Only one of the raiders engaged in the second attack penetrated as far as the city. One of the raiding aircraft was brought down, falling in flames from a height of 10,000 feet. Vnrtv-seven. persons were killed and 169 were Injured, it la announc nl officially. All three of the crew were burned to death. An Indecisive engagement was fought by a British pilot with an other raider over the sea. All the British pilots returned safely. "The announcement follows: "The latest information shows that two groups of raiders crossed the Es sex coast and one group the Kent roast nracticallv simultaneously, at about 8 p. m. The two former de tachments proceeded toward London on parallel courses across Essex. The capital was approached from the east and northeast shortly after 9. "Of the machines which crossed the Kent coast two dropped bombs in the Isles of Thanet and Sheppey. The re mainder, crossing the Thames estuary, also approached East London through Essex. "Apparently about 15 machines took part in these attacks, of which four or five reached the capital and dropped bombs in various districts be tween 9 and 10 p. m. "Some time after the first attack had terminated other enemy aero planes crossed the Essex coast. Only one of these reached London, which it entered from the north, bombs be ing dropped between 12:15 and 12:30 a. m. "A number of machines of the roy al flying corps went up. Two of our scouts encountered an enemy aero plane over Essex. After a brief fight at close range the' raider took fire and fell in flames to the ground 10.000 feet below. All three members of iU crew were burned to death. "Several other engagements with enemy machines were reported by our pilots, one of whom pursued a raider across the coast and fough an in decisive engagement over the sea. All our pilots returned safely." RADER ANDjsourHmT STAMPEDE P DFW Ffll I BROTHERS rn i i n imp bllLW fHLL WARRlFn rULLUVHi) AFLA ICE FLOES CARRY DOZEN RIVER PACKETS rVducah, Ky., Jan. 29 Descending in th Tennessee nnrt Ohio rivers, converging here today, swept the winter fleet of packets and other craft from their moorings at up river j Tne survivors of tne helpless fleet points and in the Paducah harbor are expected t reacn Cairo, 111., late and carried it on down the Ohio river. ; tonignt Appeals for help from persons ma-1 ' - rooned on the icebound craft plainly pjttsburgh.Jan. 29. Reports reach were heard as they were carried past ,. ' - , . "c"" " ! ed the weather bureau here today that this city. 1 A report from Metropolis. 111., said the Monongahela river was rising rap several packets were seen standing on ! idly from Fairmont, W. Va.. north, and end in the ice as the floe passed that the ice was moving out. It was ex place, i pected that the ice would reach the The number of 'boats caught in the pools in the neighborhood of Pitts torrent has not been determined. It ' burgh tonight and every possible pre was said that they probably would ! caution against damage to river craft reach more than a dozen. A prelim- was taken. The ice averages about inary estimate of the damage, if all : 18 inches in thickness, were lost, placed it at more than While there was possibility of con $200,000. isiderable damage the news was heard Eagle line steamers, St Louis pack ets, several Tennessee river and other smaller craft were in the harbor here when the gorge broke. The boats rocked and swayed with the impact of tb.9 ice. Additional cables wer ... Dinuiiin United States Agent Visits Merchants Who Hung Disloyal Sign. Frank and John Wood, broth era, of Southport, who displayed In their store, yesterday, signs that residents regarded as savor ing of disloyalty, were visited by Federal Agent Charles II. Lane, and were warned that the signs must be removed and most not appear again. A severe penalty was liable to follow their reap pearance, the brothers were told. The action of the Wood broth ers stinwg the townspeople greatly, and while threats against them and their store were made, no violence was attempted. The signs read: "This store is prevented from serving the public by the United States government as follows: Monday, ail day; Tuesday, Wed nesday, Thursday and Friday, after 7 p. m. "Three hundred years of pro gress. In 1618 he who would not work could not eat. In 1918 he wbo wants to work must not." BLACKJACKED BY POLICEMAN AND CITIZEN, HE SUES Claim and counter-claim of dam ages as a result of a tight 'between Hyman Gold and Special Policeman William G. Doolan August 7 last, is being fought out today before Judge" John R. Booth in the common pleas court in an action in which Gold claims damages of $2,000 from Samuel Clark, Jr., and' Clark claims damages of $1,000 from Gold. Each claims the other assaulted him. The original trouble occurred when Doolan, doing police duty, found a box of bottles had been dropped in. the street, and ordered Gold to remove them. Gold either refused or failed, to take the bottles away, and' when Doolan attempted to make an arrest Gold resisted. Clark was called On to assist the police officer. Gold in his complaint alleges Clark beat him with a black jack and inflict ed severe injuries. Clark in his counter-claim says he was ordered to as sist the policeman, and that Gold beat him in the face with his fists. Gold was arrested by Doolan and tried in the city court, 'but was dis charged, in his answer to the counter claim. I I WIFE CHARGES DESERTION. Desertion since Jan. 13, 1913, is the claim upon which Lucretia J. Dean Coates, of Danbury, asks for a di vorce from Wilson Coates. formerly of Danbury, but now of parts un known. They were married Oct. 18, 1904. Papers in thes uit have been filed in the superior court. hastily run to shore but failed to hold the boats as the pressure of the ice became greater, and one by one they were torn from their moorings and sivffnt trt HnuL-n t hp river. . I with interest in Pittsburgh, since the I Monongahela has been closed by the severe weather fo more than a month ; and large quantities of coal, badly needed by the mills in this district, have been tied up, . .. OFF .BRIDGEPORT, CONK.,TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1918 J f i Heater Explosion Hurls People From Beds and Creates Wild Scenes. Explosion of a steam boiler in the cellar of William Morris- sey's saloon at 1461 State street early this morning, wrecked three business - places and spread terror through an area of 20 blocks in the West End Panic-stricken occupants of apartments above the saloon and of houses nearby fled to the street in scanty attire. No one was injured. More than 30 people who resided in the building over the saloon, were thrown from, their beds and fled in terror as the windows of their apart ments crashed inwards from the vio lent blast. The saloon floor was rais ed to within a. few feet of the ceiling. Every yestage of glass and woodwork was demolished as thoroughly as though a 42 centimetre shell , had plunged in the midst of the structure. Next door, in the butcher shop and grocery store run by M. Bokras, shelves were stripped of their con tents, counters overturned and glass shattered, while woodwork was ground to matchwood. The occupants of the house nar rewly escaped injury. Many were thrown from beds and rushed to the street where they sought shelter from what they thought. was the work of German spies. Many were clad in the scantiest of night attire. Women were cared for and given shelter by kindly neighbors, while the men helped Policemen Smallwood Curry and Keegan of the Third precinct clean away the debris. The most marvelous escape was that of William Morrissey ,the pro prietor of the saloon. He lighted a big Are in "the boiler to take the icy chill out of the atmosphere, unaware the pipes had become frozen during yesterdcy's shut-down. He had just returned to his work of straightening 'out his bar fixtures when the detona tion rocked the entire building. He was thrown on his face. It was the fact that Morrissey was thrown to the floor that saved his life, for he was protected by an overturned counter in such a manner that the heavy beams and other woodwork which crashed down failed to strike him. (Continued on Page 2.) MAN WHO KILLED TAILOR TO HANG AT WETHERSFIELD New Haven, Jan. 2S Frank Durso of New Tork, convleted by a Jury last week of killing Morris Goldstein, tailor, of West Haven, was sentenced in the superior court here today to be hanged on June 7. Goldstein was shot down in the street in Novem ber, 1916. '. v Three other men have been con victed of the crime. Two of them, Carmine Pisanello and Carmine Lan- zillo, are under sentence of death. They appeared at Durso's trial as witnesses against him. The third man, Luigi Lanzillo, is serving a life sentence. The motive for the crime was rob bery, Durso being brought here from New York to assist in carrying out tha plot. The shooting occurred when Goldstein called for help as his as sailants surrounded him. CONTRACT BREACH ALLEGED, DORSEN COMPANY IS SUED The Dorsen Dry Goods Co. of this city is the defendant in a suit filed in the superior court by Charles W. Strohbeck, Inc., of New Tork, in which damages of $2,000 are claimed. The complaint alleges the Dorsen Co. owed a bil of $1,666.87, on the date of the writ, and also alleges that sMay 1 last a contract for shoes to the 1 amount of $1,265 was made. Part of , the contract was carried out, -and then ' the Dorsen Co. refused to receive any I more shces, or to pay lor them. DLUH'Ur and Evening Farmer SHOW DOG KILLED BY MEDICINE Seventeen Animals Valued at $10,000 Killed By Horse Pills. Seventeen trained dogs belong ing to Barnum & Bailey's Circus worth $-1,000, were killed last night by horse medicine, admin istered to them by their keeper, James A. Pfau, of 149 Norman street, to relieve their suffering from cramps. Notwithstanding Pfau's tearful protestations that" his act was a terrible mistake he was turned over to the police and held for the city court tomor row. As" far as could be learned from the headquarters of the cir cus there were 32 dogs, in the act, as well as several ponies and Pfau had charge of the -troupe Which was in training to go on the road with the show this com ing spring. Owing to the cold ' weather the animals have not had the exercise that they usual ly get and when they left their kennels yesterday, several of them were suffering with cramps. Pfau thought that he would relieve their suffering and he -cut np several "horse pills, and gave them to the troupe of dogs. This morning 17 of the valuable ca- nines were found dead. One of the dead animals was considered very valuable, $1,000 Having been refused for him by the cir cus people a few weeks ago. Pfau has been in the employ of ' the Barnum & Bailey Circus for . the past three years and his rec ord has been of the very best during that time. ITALIANS BRING DOWN 12 TEUTON AERIAL RAIDERS Berlin, Jan. 29, via London A German aerial squadron dropped 21 tons of bombs last Saturday on Castel- franco, Treviso and Mestre, in north ern Italy, the war office reports. Large flres, the statement adds, were seen from a distance. The Italian war office announced last Sunday that the enemy on the preceding night had carried out raids between the Brenta and the Piave rivers, especially on the Mestre. Among the victims were six women, three of whom were killed and three wounded. Three hospitals in Mestre were damaged. Twelve enemy aeroplanes were brought down. The Italians held mastery of the air everywhere. U.S. TAX AGENTS FIP WEALTH IN COUNTY'S FARMS Income tax collectors are loud in their praise of the manner in which the farmers of Fairfield county keep their books. Not only do they far surpass their city brethren in the. conduct of their financial affairs, but also in most instances they far sur pass them in wealth.. Nearly every ono of the farmers call for the blanks known as the "millionaire sheets," which have" not arrived at the local office from Washington up to th! present. Yesterday the tax collectors work ed until 9 p. m. and interviewed no less than 2,000 taxpayers, who filled out tax forms, showing upwards of $3,500,000. When it is taken into consideration that all of those were of the working class taking advantage of the federal holiday to fill out their tax papers, the amount of wealth is amazing. ' Among the bis crowd which jam med the tax office today were dozens of women who all were eager to tell Uncle Sam how wealthy they were. There are or-ly a few of the. many factories injhis district that have not taken advantage of the tax collectors" offer to straighten ut any tangle that they may have in their t books. I Factories Here Get Re lief by Trainload of Fuel Outlook Brighter. Bridgeport's coal situation has turned to an optimistic angle. Due largely to the weather, the retail coal dealers today worked delivery systems to full capacity in distributing "relief" lots of quarter tons to the hundreds of families who have been without fuel for the last several weeks. The open ing of the waterways has al lowed a few barges to arrive in the last few days, affording temporary relief for more than 8,000 families. The Fuel Committee has Abandoned hope in getting any relief from rail shipments. A train load of bituminous coal arrived yesterday toy rail, it be ing the first to arrive in that manner two weeks. However, it was a saviour to more than a score of fac tories, who were virtually using their last bushel of soft coal. Consequently the city's prosperity is enlivened and! the manufacturers entertain a hope that the serious aspect is gradually disappearing. To insure prosperity the shipments of both hard and soft coal must con tinue and for this Fuel Administrator Carl F. Siemon is pinning faith on the retail dealers. The domestic situation is reported! to be much better than it was a few days ago, although more than 400 ap plied at the coal committee's office at 142 Golden Hill street this morning.- William F. Sheehan, secretary of the committee, arranged to accommodate all that were in the building, so that those who had been in waiting wouldi not be disppointed. Those applying after 10:30 were turned away. (Continued on Page 6.) REPUBLICANS OF CITY TO ATTEND DINNER TONIGHT More than a score of the Bridge port members of the McKinley asso ciation will attend the birthday cel ebration of the martyred president at the Elton hotel in Waterbury tonight. They will make the trip in automo biles. Among the party will toe: John T. King. City Clerk J. A. Hi Robin son, William E. Seeley, Tax Commis sioner Arthur Connor, John Fitzpat rick, Loren Delbridge, Frank Cant well, A. 'N. Vack, George McCarthy, Andrew Steen, Thomas Carey, George McCarthy, Jr., Wesley E. Norton, John Hotz, James A. Turner, E. E. Norton, Gus Herthal, Wenzel G Stiegler, F. E. Ballard and the mayor. WAR BUREAUS TO MEET A joint meeting of the war bureaus of Fairfield county, called at the in stigation of the state council of de fense, will be held in the Stratfield hotel at noon on Thursday. The coun ty situation in general will be dis cussed. Four Armenians, alleged to be gunmen, arrested . by Patrolman O'Neil of the Second precinct yester day, ' were arraigned before Judge Wilder in the city court today. All were sentenced to 60 days in. jail, while fines were imposed as follows: Michael Mangassiam, $100 and costs; Benjamin Margasasran, $75 and costs; Sid Marhimer and Pann Baniazian. $25 and costs. ' According to the evidence produc ed in court today by Officer O'Neil, he came upon the four men violently ar guing on Bunnell street yesterday. Michael Mangassian whipped out a ALLEGED ME JAKE fair Jtfc TRANSFER SOLDIERS TO BATTLE LINE M WEST FROM RUSSIAN FRONT f United States Government Exposes Teuton Treachery in Transferring Men Froni In- action of East to Fight Against Brit ish, French and Americans. Washington, Jan. 29 Charges that Germany is violating the terms of the Russian truce byvithdrawing troops from the eastern front and transferring were made today by the war department. The war department made "The general staff of the that the German military authorities are evadingi those terms of the Russian truce which provided that German troops were not to be withdrawn from the during the peace negotiations. YEAST PEDDLER RISES TO FIND HIS ROLL GONE Abe Hillman, seventy-five years of age, a yeast peacuer resiaing ai 21 Steuben street complained to the po lice today that $85, his savings from years "of toil had been stolen. He charged his landlady, Pauline Morge son, with the theft. Mrs. Morgeson was arrested by Detective Simon and will appear before the city court to morrow. According to the story told by Hill man, he has to get up every morning at 3 o'clock in order to make the rounds of the bakers to whom he sells his yeast. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon he retires to his little Ballroom to take a nap. While he slept yesterday afternoon the money rolled out of his pocket and he did not discover the loss until a little while afterwards. Upon his return to his room the money was gone. His landlady denied any knowledge of it. Her little son, Hyman, aged six, so Hillman avers, said his mother had found a big roll of money on the bed. Hillman com plained to the police with the result that Mrs. Morgeson was taken into custody. ONE BABY KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED AS SLED HITS CAR Waterbury, Jan. 29 Four year old Blanche Belhman of 1407 South Main street was crushed to death this after noon and David Hunter, four years old of 64 Piedmont street, received serious internal injuries when the sled on which the two little ones were rid ing shot down a steep incline onto South Main street, near City corners, directly in the path of a two ton auto mobile truck which ran over the sled and the children. Arthur Rylander, the driver, was arrested and is held for the coroner, while Rylander's as sistant, Joseph Barnish ,is held as a material witness. The Hunter boy is in a serious condition in St. Mary's hospital. BOUND OVER FOR BURGLARY Waterbury, Jan. 29. Harry Good rich, arrested some days ago on sus picion of complicity in the robbery of Joel Solomon's barber shop in Cherry street, was bound over today to the superior court The burglary at Sol omon's occurred last November. A ,safe was broken open and about .$1, 000 was taken. GUM DANDFM revolver and fired a shot at Banazian. When O'Neil arrived on the scene the four men were mixing it in battle royal style. O'Neil arrested all four, taking them to thes. tation single handed. Upon investigation it developed that after the shooting Michael Man gassian passed the gun to Benjamin Margasasran, who was carrying the weapon when arrested. Michael was charged with assault and carrying concealed weapons Benny answered the charge of car rying concealed weapons, while the other two were charged with breach of the peace. "S'matter. Pop" The Times has obtained for its readers, the famous "S'matter Pop?" comic car toon. It will appear In this newspaper daily. See Page 8. PRICE TWO CENTS them to the western battle lines this statement: - ; United States army announces PR MLS eastern front for use in the west," German troops on the Russian, front are . being allowed to go homo . on furlough. These soldiers are then; - transferred to recruiting stations ami , sent to the Western front. "The troops are taken in this way, 1 man by man, for two reasons first because it deceives the Russians, and' second 'because the eastern troops ' have been so influenced by the Rus-' Bian revolutionary propaganda that; the German military chiefs have do-., cided to separate the men and scat ter them in unaffected western, regi-. ments." ' ' FINNS' CAPITAL, , HELSINGFORS IS TAKEN BY REDS Copenhagen, Jan. 29 The Red ' guard has won complete control of Helsingfors, capital of Finland, a Stockholm dispatch to the National Tidende reports. It., is not known whether the Finnish government of ficials escaped from the revolutionar ies. Disorders have baen prevalent in Finland for several weeks, and news dispatches from Stockholm yesterday said a revolution was in progress in the eastern.provinces. The issue lie between the Finnish government, -which declared complete independ ence of Russia and organized the' White guard, and the Bolsheviki and" . Russian Red guard. 'J The Bolshevik government appar ently is willing to agree to Finland's separation from Russia its opposi tion to the Finnish government being based on the ground that it is bour-' geoise. The Red guard proclaimed civil war last week and were said to have received a promise of aid from the Petrograd government. In' reply to a protest from Finland the Rus sian government said it must support the proletariat of Finland in the struggle against the bourgeoise. AUSTRIANS REPEL ITALIAN ATTACK ON BRENTA RIVER Berlin, Jan. 29, via London Ital ian forces which attacked the Teuton positions in the Col del Rosso region ai.d between Frenzela ravine and th Brenta river, on the northern Italian front, were thrown back by the Aus trian troops, the, German official statement announced today. WAGONS COLLIDE, MILFORD MAN IS SUED FOR $5,000 Trial of an. unusual suit, one "de manding damages for a collision of wagons, was commenced today in the superior court before Judges William M. Malbie and a jury. There are any number of suits in which damages for automobile collisidn are claimedi but one in which wagon collides with wagon have been rare for several years. Mrs. Mary Slenka, 66 years old, was riding' in a carriage in Milford 'Nov. 29, 1916, Thanksgiving Day, intend ing to take dinner with relatives. . John Daniels, of Milford, was also driving a wagon on the same day, arid the contention of the plaintiff is that Daniels carelessly collided with her carriage. She was thrown out and hurt. She claims to "have suffered loosened teeth, bruised knee, broken right shoulder two broken ribs, and other injuries, some of which are permanent. Damages of $S,000 are claimed. .... . '