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For Bridgeport and vicin ity: Unsettled, probably sqow late tonight and Thursday; little change in temperature. VOL. 54 NO. 26 EST. 1790 Will 1IHAFT API VIMS OS1 uli uaLb l:UU trail u irablh u xyKJ U uuxz UU U U VH UUtraulizi u - tra - jv j5i iy Lyi3 i iyj jt . p ) p yj' lyj uj ! iyj ika ! Ihompson, Head of Red Cross in Russia, Assisted in Spreading Propaganda of Slav Socialists Through Germany and Austria by ' Use of Aeroplanes. New York, Jan. 30 It has become known that William B. Thompson, who was in Petrograd -from July until November last year, as head of the American Red Cross mission to Russia, has contributed $1,000,000, or more to the Bolsheviki, for the purpose of spreading their doctrines in Germany and Austria, Mr. Thompson believes the Bolshe viki represent the greatest power against pro-Germanism in Russia, and that their propaganda has been undermining the militarist regimes of the Central powers. Thousands of pounds of Bolshevik literature is dropped over Teuton lines by Rus sian aviators. On his arrival in New York from Russia . Mr. Thompson deprecated American criticism of .the Bolsheviki. He believes they have been grossly misrepresented. $500,000 BRIBED BIG PACKERS TO DROP CLEVELAND Washington, Jen. 30. All the great packers were given $500,000 of stock in the Cleveland stock yards last year after they had threatened to establish a yard there themselves Attorney Heney.for the Federal Trade Commis sion, declared at the packers hearing here today. EVERY BREWERY IN GERMANY TO BE SHUT DOWN Zurich, Jan. 30 The Allgemeine Zeitung Flier Bnrarem (General Gaz ette for Breweries) says that the sup ply of barley for German breweries will be stopped, thus bringing the whole brewing industry to a stand still. Not even beer for the army will be produced, the periodical declares. The measure is said by the publica tion to be due to the exceedingly bad harvest of oats, necessitating the use of barley for fodder for army horses. STR. VATERLAND NOW LEVIATHAN, CROSSES OCEAN With France, the American Army in Tuesday, Jan. 29 (By the Associated Press) Announcement was made here today thatthe total tonnage of former German steamers ready for the high seas service, most of which are now bringing men and materials to France, is approximately D0O.OO0. Among the considerable number already arrived safely in En tente ports is the Leviathan, former ly the Vaterland, and 15 other of Germany's largest ships. These fig ures demonstrate the falsity of re cent German claims and the publica tion of this information is permitaed for that reason. 0MBS SLAY TWO U.S. MEN AIDING-WOUNDED Italian Army Headquarters in North ern Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 29. (By The Associated Press.) Two Americans attached to the Red Cross were killed "at Mestro on Sunday night by bombs dropped by German raiders. They were William Piatt and Richard Cutts Fairfield. They were the first Americans to be killed on the Ital in front. Their ad dresses are . not available here. One is bf.lieved to be from Pennsylvania. They had not enrolled in the Ameri can organization, having enlisted pre viously in the Wynne-Bevan branch of the British Red Cross. 1 Piatt and Fairfield had just arrived Mm MOTHER FAINTS AS SON IS HELD FOR COAL THEFT John Eta, John Monroe and John E. Miller, coal teamsters arrested for selling tons of coal to others than consignees, today were held in $1,000 bond to appear before the court Feb ruary 6. Mrs. Ida Eta, mother of one of the accused, was so overcome by the court proceedings that she fainted and fell down the steps of the police building. She sustained lacerations of the face, wrist and foot. She was immediately assisted by policemen who conducted her to the Emergency hospital where she was treated by Dr. J. F. Keegan. There was but one specific case cited today against the trio and that was the sale of a load of coal bought by a resident of Unquowa Hill. The drivers claim that the road to this address was impassable so they called to Salvatore Romeo, a druggist, and inquired if he needed coal. He did, so they sold the load for $16. Romeo claims he only gave them $12, but the accused coal drivers say the sum was $16 and that on another occasion they sold him half a ton for $8. Eta admits having sold 15 loads of coal to others than those to whom it was consigned. All three worked for Wheeler & Howes. ONE KELLY BEATS ROBBERS; ANOTHER HAS AUTO STOLEN There was excitement and there was hard luck for the Kellys last night. Martin Kelly, 1142 Hancock ave nue, reported to the police that two young men attempted to hold him "up last night on Hancock avenue. He nut ud such a stiff fieht that thov h. came scarea ana maae on. Dennis Kelly, sealer of weights and measures, 73 Orange street, reported to the police last night that his auto mobile, which he left standing on State street, was stolen. The car was found early this fliorning in Eeardsley Park with the gas tank empty. ITALIANS REGAIN MOUNTS Berlin. Jan. 30, va London The Italians retained possession of Col del Rosso and Monte di Val Bella on the mountain front after a renewal of their attacks with strong forces? army headquarters announced today. at a Red Cross hospital on a motor cycle when tv't raid .began. Five bombs fell in the court yard of the hospital, killing tour persons and wounding a number of patients. The Americans were killed outright. One received a fragment of a bomb in the heart, while the other was struck by three fragments, in the head, stomach and legs. The funeral of the victims was helj ir Mestro today. American flags and floral offerings covered the caskets of the two Anur-i-aps. In the attending delegation ef officers and men from the American Red Cross were Major Lowell, head (Continue om Paw BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY, MAYOR HAS SAD TIE AT FEED Wilson's Boom For Gov ernor is .Frostbitten At McKinley Dinner. Clifford B. Wilson's dream of becoming governor of Connec ticut is . out. His political air castle was struck by a hand grenade at the McKinley ban quet in Waterbury last night. This annual gathering is re garded in political circles as the "official feeler." . Men of his own party were free to pre dict today that Wilson would not even be renominated as lieutenant governor, following the frosty reception accorded him last night. Gojv. Marcus Holeomb. at this early , date, has been decided upon as the logical candidate for the Republican party to offer next November. The name of Clifford B. Wilson was not even considered and it met with re buke wherever mentioned. Although many of the "chiefs" are not in favor of returning Holcomb, they agreed, after last night's confab, that- he would be offered in preference to Bridgeport's aspirant. Bridgeport's mayor was late in ar riving. He entered the dining room of the Elton Hotel after the oyster course had been served. Preceded by several other speakers, Wilson was Introduced by Mayor Sandland of (Continued on Page 2.) PLACE EMBARGO ON SHIPMENT BY STEAMBOAT LINE Old Saybrook, Jan. 30 An embargo has been placed on all shipments of freight by way of the Hartford and New Tork Transportation Co.'s boat plying between Saybrook Point and New York, except on merchants and manufacturers of the valley towns. Carloads coming from all poin0 have blocked the yards at Saybrook Point, the junction and m Essex. It is expected that another boat will be added to the line in order to relieve the congestion. The boat arrived last night 11 hours late, because of the delay by the floes of ice in the Sound, MORE HARDSHIP IS FORECAST IN WEATHER SIGNS Washington, Jan. 30. Further hardships from lack of coal, another tie-up of the badly congested railroad systems and a slowing down of in dustry are in prospect with the ap pearance in the northwest of another severe cold wave, which today covers the northwest and central west. It will cause cold weather over the east ern half of the country for several days, reaching the middle Atlantic and New England coast on Friday. It is accompanied by general light snow. Throughout the northern districts, east of the Mississipppi river, there will be snow tonight and Thursday. SCHOOLTEACHER, INJURED IN AUTO COLLISION, SUES . - Sarah F. Donnelly, a school teacher of Norwalk, has filed suit in the Su perior Court against Harry McLach lan of Danbury, claiming damages of $1,500 for injuries received in an au tomobile accident in Franklin street. South Norwalk, June 23, 191T Miss Donnelly was passenger in a public service vehiole. driven by Albert Ro man, which wa struck by an auto mobile owned by McLachlan. . Mia Donnelly claims serious injt tea Injuries which r ' long time jie - vented hsr trtm teaching. . . , ' mm. and Evening Farmer CANADA TO JOIN (I. S. N DRAFT Reciprocal Conscription is Plan Agreed Upon By Two Countries. Wasrinton, Jan. 30. Agree ment between the United States and Great Britain and Canada on the terms of the separate con scription convention, which await ' only the si gnat are of the repre sentatives of the governments con cerned, was announced today by Secretary Lansing in a letter to Chairman Dent of the Honse Mil itary Committee ' The conventions give to the citizens of each country the op tion of returning to their own country for military service with in a fixed period after which they would be subject to military duty nnder the laws and regulations of the country in which they reside. They would also permit each country to exempt nationals from military service if deemed neces sary. DIVORCE DEGREE AGAIN ASKED BY nDnimjD0 i u nuuiuvc o James S. O'Rourke, formerly of this city ibut now of Sparrow Point, Md., is defendant in a suit for divorce brought hy Emma Reif O'Rourke, . of this city, . in which desertion since January 1,. 1915, is alleged. . O'Rourke is a son of James H. O'Pjourke, who formerly played with the iNew Tork Giants, and later owned the Bridgeport team. James, Jr., is also a ball player. He Was with the Bridgeport team flor a number of years previous to his mar riage in February, 1909, and later was drafted to the New Tork Americans. He then played with a number of clubs in the American association, Co lumbus, Toledo, St. Paul, and others. Mrs. O'Rourke was Emma' Reif. This is her second attempt to obtain a- divorce. BANQUET OF BAR ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED The annual banquet of the Bridge port Bar Association which was to have taken place some time in Feb ruary, has been postponed to . next year. President Samuel F. Beardsley announces. These banquets have been held without a ibreak for the past 37 years, and have been greatly enjoyed by the members of the local bar. There is practically unanimous feel ing, however, throughout the asso ciation that, under existing war con ditions, ' and with the present scarcity of food and' fuel, it would be inexpe dient to hold the banquet at this time, and the Bar Banquet Committee have therefore voted to defer it until 1919. , MEXICO AT LAST ORDERS INQUIRY OF HUNS' ENVOY Mexico City, Jan.- 21 (By mail) German propaganda at last has reach ed the stage where the Mexican gov ernment has taken official notice of it. The legislative committee, which sits during the recess of the legisla ture, has directed the attorney-general to investigate charges that Hein- rich von Eckhardt the German min ister to Mexico, has been responsible for alleged corruption in the Mexican chamber of deputies. These charges were published by El Universal, a pro-Entente and pro American newspaper, together with a demand that Von Eckhardt should receive his passports as minister. OMIT DELIVERIES OF MAIL TO HELP W. S. SCAMPAIGN Boston, Jan. 30 -Letter carriers in the Boston district will omit one de livery on specified days and spend the time selling war saving and thrift stamps at houses where they deliver mall. Major R. I. Taylor or tne depart- ment of th northeast urged the car- 1 riera to aid In detecting treasonable enterprises. . ; JAN. 30, 1918 Socialist Under Indict ment in New York Given Bolshevik Office. . London, Jan. 30 Michael M. OustinofT, the Russian consul-general in New York, has been dismissed, according to a Russian official statement re ceived here. John Reed has been appointed to succeed OustinofT. The John Reed referred to probably is the American news paper man and Socialist. He has been in Russia since last November. - New York, Jan. 30 John Reed, newspaper man, magazine writer and Socialist, together with five others, editors or contributors to The Masses, a Socialist publication, were indicted by the federal grand jury here in November last for alleged violation of the spy act. He was in Russia at the time but through his counsel, Morris Hlllquit, Socialist candidate for mayor in the recent election, he de clared his willingness to return here to stand trial. The government complained in Reed's case of an article appearing under his name in The Masses en titled "Knit a Strait Jacket for Tour Soldier Boy." Assistant United States Attorney Earl B. Barnes, in charge of the prose cution of The Masses case, when in formed of the probability that Reed would return here as Russian consul general, said: "The government postponed The Masses trial until April for the specific purpose of having Reed appear among the -defendants. The postponement was decided on after Reed's counsel had shown me a cable message sent by Reed from Petrograd which de clared his intention to leave that city for New York on Jan. 31. If Reed keeps his word he should arrive here late in February or early in March. ' "Whether his appointment as Rus sian consul general here might give Reed immunity from prosecution is a matter that the federal government will have to give consideration." The Masses announced today that Reed had gone to Petrograd as its correspondent. Recent cable dispatches from Pe trograd told of Reed making an ad dress before a Bolshevik assembly in which he announced his intention to return to America to face the charges against him. FINLAND ASKING SWEDES TO AID AGAINST SLAVS London, Jan. 30 A Stockholm dis patch says the Finnish government has sent a representative to Sweden with an appeal for military help against the revolutionists. So far as is possible to foresee, the dispatch says, Sweden will not grant the re quest. N RETURN TO Private Horace L. Wright is in wrong at Port Wright. Twice he has overstayed his leave of absence. The first time Wright was wrong was last October when he left the post for a Vacation and was given a month in the guard house. Again he got leave of absence and was arrested in Falls Village by Sheriff Hornsbeck, Monday, as a de serter. The sheriff soon discovered that he spent on Wright, showing the dream of a $50 reward faded upon discovering that he 'was to hand Wright over to the Bridgeport auth orities. " ' . ' A CONSUL OF REDS WRIGHT. I mmi t will STA Second, Third, Fourth Notices Yesterday and This Morning to Men of Divisions to Appear at High School, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. ii Coincident with the notification to 3,000 draftees of Bridge port who are in Class 1 to appear for physical examination, the War Department caused to be introduced in the Senate today important legislation relative to the next draft army. While the local boards were sending out examination notices, the sen ate received bills providing for registration of those reaching tne age of l since June 5 last; on the basis of class 1 of the new classification; and empowers the president to call men needed for special industrial work. The draft measures have the Senate military committee. d jr in an explanation to the committee said it was proposed to hnlH rP.w flrawirnr tr establish registrants. It is assumed, he registrants will fall in class !, of more than 2,000,000 men. take the next and future drafts. empt men who have attained the Crowder, is not included in the LIBRARY HEADS CENSORING ALL WAR WRITINGS Herman Hagedorn, a member of the executive committee of "The Vigi lantes," a patriotic . organization of writers and artists, has completed a survey of the Bridgeport Public Li brary with a view to eliminating any books that might have a pro-German tinge. Mr. Hagedorn found no vol umes that might come under the ban of the society, library officials report. Strict censoring of all pamphlets re ceived from various publishing houses Is in force at the library in order that German propaganda, may be barred. "The Vigilantes" compose a group of the best known literary men and artists of America and since the out break of the war the society has been active in various patriotic ways. SON IN SERVICE, MINISTER'S WIFE ENTERS GUN SHOP New Haven, Jan. 30 Responding to a recently, issued "patriotic appeal" for women .irrespective of social dis tinctions, to go to work in munition factories here, Mrs. J. C. Marchant, wife of the pastor of the West Ha ven; Baptist church, began today work in a munition factory. Women in England have taken up such work, Mrs. Marchant says, and she, believes the women in this coun try should do likewise. Her son is with the American forces in France. WRONG, TO FT. WRIGHT I Now Sheriff Hornsbeck is wonder- ing who will reimburse him for tho $25 he spent on Wright, showing the absentee jhe white lights of Falls Vil j laga under the impression that Uncle Sam mu going to give him $50 tor (apprehending ar deserter. The Bridge- port military authorities say that the i Sheriff if all wrong about Wright and ! his own right to a reward. The first time that Wright got in j wrong' the local authorities thought ! he belongodto Camp Devens. Wright was sent to Devens, but it was dis covered that he was routed wrong and that he should have been sent to Fort i Wright. - - I' ; "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 and Fifth Boards Mailed' authorizes the fixing of guotas been tentatively agreed upon by Provost Marshal General Grow- thn niHpi nf li'nhiliii nf f Vv&npw asserted, that most of the new giving the class this year a total From this class it is expected to Secretary Baker's plan to ex-, age of 31, disapproved by Gen. legislation. The task of examining approxi mately 3,000 Class I registrants for Bridgeport's nextquota for the Na tional army will.'tie started in the new Snhnnl TJ J I ri : .. ' .1 , registrants of Divisions Two, Three, Four and Five will appear. Exami- nations of men of Divisions One and Six will start within a week after ward. The examining physicians will abide by a new set of rules, recently prepared by the surgeon general, that will take in all men rejected at the last examination for slight physical defects. Notices to men who must report on Sunday were sent out by the boards yesterday. Registrants to report on Monday will receive their notices to day anid those on Tnirlnv will r their cards tomorrow. It is planned to complete examination in the three days. The physical standard has been lowered to such an extent that regis trants rejected for fiat feet, under weight, slight eye, v nose or throat troubles, will not escape. Such, minor defects will be cured by correc tive treatment. In some cases the examining physicians may resort to (Continued on Page 2.) FUEL SITUATION IS NO BRIGHTER, SIEMON ASSERTS M IV DAY "The hard coal situation is not get ting any worse, ibut it is not getting any better. The soft coal situation is very bad. Nothing is coming in and no shipments are promised," said Fuel Administrator Carl F. Siemon in his statement today. "Factories, depend ing upon dealers for their coal, are worse off than they were a week ago," declared the administrator. The rail shipments that arrived. Monday and yesterday were shipped directly from the mines and consigned to factories not nearly as badly in need of coal as those depending upon dealers. According to railroad offi cials, 23 more carloads arrived yes terday, but none went to the dealers. . Lou P. Bristol, railroad official, de clared today that the New Haven railroad tracks were wide open and that if there were any tie-ups they were beyond that road's territory. The seriousness of the situation is shown in a statement by Bristol to the effect that only 75 carloads "of coal pass through here in a day for the entire New England states, and that very little is coming in by the Pough keepsie bridge route. With the plight of Bridgeport's 175 restaurants' threatened with famine Administrator Siemon today ordered a system of organization among them and will arrange to keep them supplied with 50 tons a week. Through their efforts along conser vation lines the Pastors' association reports to Siemon that the churches, have reduced their weekly consump tion of coal from 100 tons to 50 tons. Siemon has arranged to keep them with one week's supply ahead. . - ,: i . "